The Charity Film Awards
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The Charity Film Awards were created to demonstrate that in a modern world film-making is the most powerful piece of equipment in the charity communication tool box, to show that the common perception of charities’ video content is incorrect and to praise charitable video that can inspire, incite to action, excite and change behaviour.

The inaugural Charity Film Awards saw thousands of donations being made to charities that entered, over 65,000 members of public viewing and voting for their favourite films, over 150 pieces of PR coverage internationally and over 9 million reactions through social media.

We discovered some incredible charity films that were getting little recognition or attention By creating categories based on charity turnover, we were able to judge those with similar budgets on a level playing field. Over 350 charities entered in 2017 - view the winners here

Footage of the Charity Film Awards 

Charity Film Awards in the news

BBC World News report...

Other news reports - BFI Review - The Guardian - Film News

And the winners are...

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who entered and took part in the awards ceremony at BAFTA. 

The winners are as follows:

Charity Film of the Year Award - St John Ambulance

Charity Film of the Year Award - St John Ambulance

People’s Choice Award - Soi Dog Foundation

People’s Choice Award - Soi Dog Foundation

£50m+ Turnover - Alzheimer’s Society

£50m+ Turnover - Alzheimer’s Society 

£5m - 50m Turnover - Royal Trinity Hospice

£5m - 50m Turnover - Royal Trinity Hospice

£10k - 100k Turnover - The Loss Foundation

£10k - 100k Turnover - The Loss Foundation

£0 - 10k Turnover - Communities for Development

£0 - 10k Turnover - Communities for Development

Long form/documentaries - The Restorative Justice Council

Long form/documentaries - The Restorative Justice Council

Thank you to Sally Phillips for being a fantastic host for the evening

Thank you to Sally Phillips for being a fantastic host for the evening

Please click here to view the winning films

About the Charity Film Awards

WHY?

In the boom of social media and with increasingly lower cost of production, film and video content is now considered a key component in many charities' marketing tool kit.

The Charity Film Awards have been created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, to increase exposure of charity films and to encourage donations for good causes. 

WHAT?

These awards are clear in their objectives: to demonstrate that in the modern world film-making is the most powerful piece of equipment in the charity communication tool box. To demonstrate that the common perception of charities’ video content is incorrect.  To demonstrate that a charitable video can inspire, incite to action, excite and change behaviour. Can make us laugh, as well as make us cry.

The charities that have entered the Charity Film Awards have created videos that have the power to move, to warm hearts, to inspire, to engage…. to change the world. To do good. The Charity Film Awards are designed to celebrate those qualities and help charities connect with a wider audience.

Simon Burton, co-founder said at the inaugural awards event: 

“The number of entries for a launch awards (in 2017) and the incredible levels of public support left us all humbled. The incredible shortlisted videos also touched our judges who have been universal in their praise of the films they have viewed. Let me quote one of them, “Simon, you have achieved the impossible. I have judged dozens of awards. This is the first time I have got my credit card out and made a donation after viewing an entry”. 

Whether or not you are a winner engaging with the awards will give you an opportunity to share with your community and partners, a reason to engage and connect, a reason to tell your story. Nearly 10% of those who voted in 2017 also made a donation. More importantly, we estimate over a ¼ million extra views of the videos that entered, dozens of press stories and in excess of 2 million page impressions related to the awards on the internet.

Traditional Awards celebrate good work. These awards celebrate work that does good.

Simon Burton co-founder, Charity Film Awards

Simon Burton speaking at the awards ceremony

Jo Tyler and Simon Burton, co-founders, Charity Film Awards

Co-founders Jo Tyler and Simon Burton at the Awards at BAFTA

The categories for entering are based on the charity's turnover for the latest financial year, so everyone has a chance to win an award regardless of the size of the organisation and the budgets available.

The films are judged in two phases...

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly.

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Who can enter?

Anyone can nominate a film to be entered for a prize - whether you are the charity, the agency who created the film or simply a fan. Our team will then qualify each entry against our terms and conditions to ensure that the charity is registered within the UK.

Promote - Donate - Celebrate

Increased exposure for charity video content

Donations made directly to good causes throughout the campaign

Celebrating the success of film in fundraising