The Charity Film Awards
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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.

Click here to enter now 

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.




Make it Stop - National Autistic Society

The Charity Film of the Year Award - Make it Stop by the National Autistic Society

Hedgehog Close by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

The People's Choice Award - Hedgehog Close by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Made in Britain - Save The Children

£50,000,000+ turnover - Made in Britain by Save The Children 

REACH: help fund more nurses for young people with cancer - Teenage Cancer Trust

£5,000,001 - £50,000,000 turnover - REACH: help fund more nurses for young people with cancer by the Teenage Cancer Trust

Suicide Notes Talk Too Late - Movember

£500,001 - £5,000,000 turnover - Suicide Notes Talk Too Late by Movember

The Guardians of Leuser - Sumatran Orangutan Society

£100,001 - £500,000 turnover - The Guardians of Leuser by Sumatran Orangutan Society 

Mothers' Stories - the Heart 4 More Foundation

£10,001 - £100,000 turnover - Mothers' Stories by the Heart 4 More Foundation 

DLD 1-2-3 by RADLD

0 - £10,000 turnover - DLD 1-2-3 by RADLD

Prostate Cancer UK Appeal Film - Prostate Cancer UK

Long Form over £5 million turnover - Prostate Cancer UK Appeal Film by Prostate Cancer UK

Richmond Park: National Nature Reserve - Friends of Richmond Park

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.


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.

Find out more about the judging process

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

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

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 co-founder, Charity Film Awards

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...

The winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London.

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Celebrating the success of film in fundraising