A duel, with bananas, in front of Old Joe, the University of Birmingham clock tower
A still from "The Duel" - runner-up in the 2019 One Minute Movie Competition

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the One Minute Movie Competition is back, with the theme of ‘transition’.

You can interpret the theme however you choose and take any approach you like - fact or fiction, literal or abstract, it’s up to you. Tell us a story, in just sixty seconds, that responds to or takes inspiration from this word.

The competition is open to all University of Birmingham students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and to staff and alumni. The winners will be announced at a Department of Film and Creative Writing Screening Event to be held on 24th April 2023 and prizes will be awarded in both categories.

The rules

Your film must work with the theme of ‘transition’.

You must have copyright control of any audio or visual material that goes into your movie. This means either filming it yourself or using audio-visual material to which you have copyright permission. There are many sources of copyright free images, videos, music and other audio material available online that can be used under appropriate Creative Commons licenses, or because they are already in the public domain.

Your film must not exceed one minute (60 seconds) in length – this includes any credits!

Deadline for submissions

13:00 on Monday 27 March 2023

Submission format

Films can be submitted via a service such as WeTransfer to ftv@contacts.bham.ac.uk. Alternatively, films can be submitted as a digital file on USB/hard drive to the Film and Creative Writing departmental office (G08, 31 Pritchatts Road) to Jemma Penny or to Nina Jones in ERI 364.

Please give your film a title and include this alongside your ID number (if a student) in the file name.

If you are entering in the staff or alumni category, please specify this when sending in your film.

By entering the competition, you consent to your film being shown at the screening event and published online afterwards.


If you have any questions about format, content, copyright, or anything else related to the competition, then please email ftv@contacts.bham.ac.uk