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Thank You Film Awards

Say thank you, make a film, and see it on the big screen!

Is there a person, a group or an organisation that has really inspired you? Have they made your life better or improved your local community? Have they changed Britain or had a big impact on the world? If you could thank them, what would you say?

The Thank You Film Awards 2014 is now open for entries! We are inviting young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way. It could be:

  • The story of a local hero – contemporary or historical. How did they contribute to the fabric of the town or local area, and why does that inspire gratitude? ·
  • A recording of a class or group doing something practical for someone who doesn’t usually receive explicit thanks, for example working in the garden of someone who does lots of great work in the community! ·
  • A filmed thank you letter to someone historical or contemporary. It could be to Tim Berners –Lee for inventing the World Wide Web, or to Emmeline Pankhurst for leading the fight for women’s right to vote.

Anyone between the ages of 5 – 16 can enter, and there is no limit on how many young people from one school or organisation can take part. You can enter as an individual, small group or even as a whole class or school, and there will be prizes for both young people and schools.

Young people who have made a shortlisted film will be invited to attend an award ceremony in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow where films will be shown on a big screen!

Selected films will be hosted on the Jubilee Centre website and the stories behind the entries will be collected in a magazine. Researchers will be looking at the content of the films and the text provided by the entrants to explore what gratitude means to young people, and how practicing gratitude affects their behaviour and daily life, if at all.

To enter a video, please follow the link below to complete an entry form.

An information pack and a 'Dos and Don'ts' video to help you to make your film can be found below.

Closing date for submission of films is 31st March 2014, and if you would like to get involved or find out any more information please contact us at:

thankyouawards@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call 0121 4144803.


And the 2013 winners are...

Over 100 short films were submitted to the Thank You Film Awards 2013 from all over the UK. All shortlisted candidates attended film premieres in Birmingham, London and Glasgow where they saw their films played on the big screen and winners received their prizes!

The entries submitted showcased the huge range of people and experiences that young people are grateful for. These included:

  • Thank you for the little things that friends do every day to make life better.
  • Thank you to parents and family for the consistent care and love they provide.
  • Thank you to volunteers for all the hours they devote to helping others.
  • Thank you to historic leaders for shaping our modern world.
  • Thank you to authors, producers and artists who shape the cultural landscape and make entertainment for us all!
  • Thank you to all the support staff in a school who don't usually receive explicit thanks.
  • Thank you for past experiences, good and bad, for making a person who they are today.
The films were assessed by a panel of independent judges (listed below), all experts in education or film.

  • James O'Shaughnessy, education consultant
  • James May, film maker, smudgethis.com
  • Dan Lawson, film producer
  • Carrie Winstanley, education academic

See photos from the 2013 Thank You Film Awards here.

See the e-magazine here.


Winners - Secondary Schools

London Bethany Williams

Birmingham Felicity Dungey, North East Wolverhampton Academy

Glasgow Hyndland Secondary School


Winners - Primary Schools

London Nico Roskilly-Pugliese, Kehelland School Primary

Year 6, Oliver House School

Birmingham Drama Club, Anderton Park Primary School

Runners up - Secondary Schools

London Swanlea School

Birmingham Calthorpe Special School

Glasgow Inverurie Academy


Runners up - Primary Schools

Birmingham Holy Cross Primary School