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Flickers of the Future




Flickers of the Future

A competition calling on young filmmakers to tell a different story, one where humans and planet

thrive together.



Global Action Plan, alongside Richard Curtis CBE and a host of incredible film and environmental experts, is inviting UK filmmakers and creatives between the ages of 18- 29 to create a human story of a sustainable future. The winner will be supported through production with £100k and will be guided by our Expert Panel.




The way that we depict the future plays a critical part in how it unfolds, and research shows that the bleak dystopias that films are currently portraying create fear, denial and passivity. Creative focus has been on heroes dragging the remaining few through soulless high-tech nightmares that viewers struggle to relate to. We need content powerful enough to cut through to popular culture, that uses humour, aspirational and feel-good storylines to inspire us all to strive for a very different future.

"This could be the most important drama of our time, a much needed route to drive the rapid and major changes we need to avert a climate crisis and achieve the United Nations Global Goals. We’re in the thick of a real emergency for planet and the people - so I urge you to get involved today and put your best creative energy to saving our weird, worrying but still wonderful world."


Flickers of the Future patron, Richard Curtis CBE




1. The Competition is open for entries until 5th January 2020


2. The top 30 competition entries will be shortlisted by mid-February 2020 and invited to an Inspiration Session led by Competition Patron Richard Curtis CBE. The workshop will also feature a session with Director Kevin MacDonald as well as a host of film and environmental experts. The top 30 will have the opportunity to refine and re-submit their entry to include learnings from the Inspiration session and will resubmit by end of March. 


3. The five finalists will be chosen in the first week of April. They will be mentored and guided by our Expert Panel to develop a more detailed treatment for submission by end of April 2020. 


4. The winnner will be announced end of April 2020.


5. Pre-production will begin in May 2020.




To educate early career film makers about the role of sustainability in film and to inspire

entrants to submit quality applications, we are hosting half day workshops at nine

film schools around the UK. Entrants can also complete our course material in our 

online workshop.


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Expert Panel


We have an incredible group of experts guiding Flickers of the Future,

led by competition patron Richard Curtis CBE. 

This group brings toegther leading academics, film & media industry experts

and business leaders all passionate about forging a truly sustainable future.


Flickers of the Future