One-minute movie competition 2017-2018

The Department of Film and Creative Writing is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 One-Minute Movie Competition which is open to all University of Birmingham students.

This academic year, the University’s Arts and Science Festival (Monday 12 - Sunday 18 March 2018) is running on the theme of ‘Stop/Start’, and we are asking you to submit one-minute films on that topic. You can take any approach you like - fact or fiction, literal or abstract, it’s up to you. Tell us a tale about stopping, starting, or both, in just sixty seconds!

The competition is open to all University of Birmingham students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and the winner will be announced at a Department of Film and Creative Writing Screening Event to be held on the evening of Wednesday 14 March 2018.


First prize is an Amazon Kindle Fire HD10! will also be two runner-up prizes of Amazon vouchers.

The rules

Your film must match the theme of ‘Stop/Start’.

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.

Deadline for submissions

13.00 on  Friday 23 February 2018

Submission format

Films can be submitted on DVD to the Film and Creative Writing departmental office (G08, 31 Pritchatts Road) to Jemma Penny or Dr Richard Langley. Alternatively, films can be submitted via a USB drive at the same location, again to either Jemma or Richard.

Please ensure your film has a title and your ID number in the file name.


If you have any questions about format, content, copyright, or anything else related to the competition, then please email