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Who can enter?

Anyone living in the UK, who is between the ages of 18- 29 and interested in filmmaking or content creation. You must be able to work in/from the UK for the next 2 years.


How much is it to enter?

Flickers of the Future is Free to enter.


Why should I enter this competition?

As the young content creators of the digital era, you have the unique opportunity to shape the minds and behaviours of other young people at a time when we need rapid, radical change. This is the most important narrative of our generation, help us tell the story that could save the world.


This is also an incredible opportunity to have your work produced and to learn from film and enivronmental experts. The 30 top entries will be invited to an Inspiration Session in February with great opportunities for exposure. 


What sort of stories are you looking for? What we do and do not accept:

We do accept:

  •  Any genre; the script can be about anything and the story set anywhere. But at the heart of the story should be human-to-human connection and a positive vision of what our lives could be like if we lived sustainably.

We don’t accept:

  •  Dystopian narratives depicting soulless, high tech futures. We are not looking for impressive CGI and technological predictions, but compelling human stories that can encompass love, loss and conflict
  •  Concepts for full length feature films. We want content that has the potential to be used across platforms to reach and engage with a young audience in the places that they regularly consume video content.
  • Documentaries: While we recognise that documentaries play an important role in telling the climate crisis story, for this competition we are looking for new genres to tell the story- such as drama or comedy. You may, however, find a creative way of including documentary elements into your story.


What do I need to submit?

You need to submit a written synopsis, no longer than one page. The synopsis should explain how your story idea addresses each of the judging criteria.  For more information on writing a synopsis click here. To accompany your synopsis, you should include either a short film clip no longer than 60 seconds OR a mood board that reflects your idea. We do not need lengthy scripts, pitches, CVs or a title page.


What should my synposis include?

It should explain your narrative concept and how it addresses each of our judging criteria. See here for more information on how to write a synopsis. 


What should my film clip or mood board include?

Film clips can be a trailer, a scene or a collection of clips that represents your story idea and should be no longer than 60 seconds. The mood board should be a collection of images and colours that visually represents your story idea.


What will I win?

The top five shortlisted finalists will receive a small budget to develop their synopsis into a treatment and will be mentored and guided by our Expert Panel of industry insiders, environmentalists and futurists to develop a full treatment to submit.


The winner will enter into a joint production agreement with Global Action Plan who will invest £100k to fund the production of pilot material. They will be supported through the production process by Global Action Plan and the Expert Panel.


When do I need to submit by?

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Submissions will now close midnight on 5th January 2020. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted. Submit your application on our portal.


Can I submit more than one entry?

You can submit as many entries as you like, but you must fill out separate entry forms for each one.


Can a team enter together?

Yes. But submissions should be entered under one name


Should I have detailed knowledge about sustainability?

We don’t expect entrants to have an in-depth knowledge of sustainable insights, but we do expect that you will have either attended a live workshop or completed our online course materials. Global Action Plan and our Expert Panel will support shortlisted entrants to develop the content of their narratives to be in line with current evidence and the latest thinking on future envisioning from the environmental sector.


Does my narrative need to be set in the future?

It is not a requirement that your story is set in the future; it could be an alternative present, or alternative past, or a potential future, but it must be inherently positive and you must be able to explain why the timeframe chosen helps meet the criteria and is consistent with latest insights about the causes and consequences of climate change.


Will I receive feedback about my concept?

Feedback will not be available for individual applications.


When will I hear back?

If your idea is shortlisted, you will be notified by email or phone in January 2020 and be listed on our website. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.


Can I edit my application after I have submitted it?

Once submitted you cannot alter your application. But please let us know if your contact details change.


How do I withdraw my application?

To withdraw your application please let us know by email: [email protected]


Can my concept be animation?

Yes. just remember, we are looking for human stories that young people can relate to and engage with on a deep level.


Can I submit an adaptation?

No. Your submission must be your own original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not.


What happens if I option or sell my script off before the end of the competition?

Congratulations! But you will no longer be eligible to win Flickers of the Future.


What commitment is expected of me if I win?

This is a big opportunity, so it will also require a big commitment. The actual role and commitment required of the winner will depend on their area of expertise (e.g. if they are a writer, director, producer). The length of time needed to complete the project will depend on the scale of the production and the availability of the winner. If they can commit full time, the project could be completed quicker. If they need to work around other work or study commitments, this will be possible but the project may take longer to complete. We will be flexible to work out a plan with the winner to ensure the content can be produced to a high standard, within a reasonable timeframe. 


Will I own the rights to work I submit?

Yes. You wrote it, you retain the copyright to any pitch submitted to the competition.

To enable Global Action Plan to promote shortlisted entries, we will have permission to publish your submitted work for a minimum period of 12 months if your entry is chosen for shortlisting. Your name will always be used to credit your work. 


In order to support the winner through the production process with an appropriate production team and broadcaster, the winner will have the option to negotiate a joint production agreement where £100,000 will be invested in collaboration with Global Action Plan subject to a separate agreement with the winner, Global Action Plan and others (e.g. production team, broadcasters) as necessary.


Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.


I am a film student, can I use this towards my course credits?

You need to contact your course leader directly to find out.


Do I need to be a film director or a screenwriter?

No. You just need to be under 29 and interested in film making or content creation. We will support the winner of Flickers of the Future with a production team.


My question wasn't answered here what should I do? 

If you cannot find the answer to your question anywhere on this website, please email [email protected]



Judging Criteria

Click here to see full judging criteria