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Flickers of the Future calls on young content creators to tell a different story - one where humans and planet thrive together.


We have now opened the competition up to any creatives under the age of 29.


Global Action Plan, alongside Richard Curtis CBE and a host of incredible film experts, environmentalists and futurists, is inviting UK filmmakers and creatives who are between the ages of 18- 29 to create a human story of a sustainable future. Flickers of the Future embraces the challenge of creating content powerful enough to cut through to popular culture, without relying on the drama of dystopian narratives.


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 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


Flickers of the Future will support young content creators to create the most important drama of our generation in a way that creates rapid, radical change.

The winner will be supported through production with £100k- a huge opportunity for great exposure and experience- and be guided by our Expert Panel.

The competition is open

You can enter the competition through the portal below. Make sure you read through the competition brief and complete our online workshop before entering.

Submissions close midnight on 31st December 2019.


  • Global Action Plan, along with our Expert Panel, youth audiences and representatives from major Broadcasters will shortlist the top 30 entries.
  • These 30 entries will be invited to an Inspiration Session with film and environmental experts to expand on their idea.
  • Five finalist will be chosen and mentored by the Expert Panel to develop their synopsis further and submit a treatment for final judging.
  • The winning story will be supported through production with £100k funding and further guidance from our Expert Panel.


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