NOMINATIONS FOR 2019 NOW OPEN
Charities and CICs can now enter the Charity Film Awards 2019
What you need to enter: Authority from the charity represented by the film, your own contact details, a link to the footage online (ideally on a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo), the registered charity number and the charity's recorded turnover in its latest set of reported accounts as published online by the Charity Commission. There is no charge to enter.
Please note: The awards are open to charities within the UK that are registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, OSCR or the Charity Commission for NI and registered CICs.
In 2019, the Awards are open to videos or films broadcast/released between 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2018. View the full terms and conditions here. Deadline to enter is 17 October.
If you are a fan you can nominate a film
If you do not have authority to enter the awards, but are a fan and would like to nominate a film that has inspired you, then please click here to nominate a film.
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AND THE 2018 WINNERS ARE...
The Charity Film of the Year Award - Make it Stop by the National Autistic Society
The People's Choice Award - Hedgehog Close by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society
£50,000,000+ turnover - Made in Britain by Save The Children
£5,000,001 - £50,000,000 turnover - REACH: help fund more nurses for young people with cancer by the Teenage Cancer Trust
£500,001 - £5,000,000 turnover - Suicide Notes Talk Too Late by Movember
£100,001 - £500,000 turnover - The Guardians of Leuser by Sumatran Orangutan Society
£10,001 - £100,000 turnover - Mothers' Stories by the Heart 4 More Foundation
0 - £10,000 turnover - DLD 1-2-3 by RADLD
Long Form over £5 million turnover - Prostate Cancer UK Appeal Film by Prostate Cancer UK
Long Form under £5 million turnover - Richmond Park: National Nature Reserve by Friends of Richmond Park
Photos from the ceremony
Click here to view all of the photos from the ceremony taken by our partner Splento.
ABOUT THE CHARITY FILM AWARDS 2018
Almost 400 charities entered the awards in 2018. 60,000 members of the public voted. Nearly 10% of those who voted also made a donation. There have been millions of shares on social media. More importantly, we estimate the campaign created an additional 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.
Contact us now to add your details to our contact database so that you can find out how you can get involved in 2019.
Charity Film Awards in the news
The BFI review of the Charity film Awards 2018
Ken Loach has remarked throughout his career that films do not change society, but the films nominated for the Charity Film Awards are having a go at achieving just this, and in many cases successfully. The moving image, since its early days, has been used by charities and other groups as a tool to influence people’s behaviour in a multitude of ways. One of my favourites is... Read More
Interview by London Live with the Friends of Richmond Park
Footage and interviews by WinkBall
BBC World News report from Charity Film Awards 2017
About the Charity Film Awards
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.
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 speaking at the awards ceremony
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...
- firstly by the public who will determine a short list of entries for each category (and have an opportunity to donate to the cause as they vote)
- secondly by a panel of expert judges who will vote independently to choose winners from the short list
The winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London.
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