Right Here Right Now is a 1-minute filmmaking competition run by PQATV and the Children’s Media Conference for young people aged 21 and under. Building on from last year's successful 'One Minute to Save the World' competition, we are back with a new theme!

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW what have YOU got to say..?
Make a film about who you are
A film that makes us sit up and take notice
Make a film that shows us your world
A film that you want to see
A place for diversity, inclusion and empowerment of young voices in filmmaking

The ‘Right Here Right Now’ short filmmaking competition is for young people aged 21 or under.

Your films can be for a young audience, an older audience, or for everyone. It can be an animation, fiction, documentary, music video or something different. Your films can be made using any technology; a smart phone, a DSLR or digital camera, celluloid, a camcorder or a Film/TV camera. We don’t mind, it’s what you put in front of the camera that matters.

“Right Here Right Now” is the theme for this year’s Children’s Media Conference. The theme is a response to challenges set by last year’s Changemakers, a group of young people selected to speak at the conference about causes they are passionate about. This theme not only focuses on larger issues such as climate change, but also diversity, inclusion and empowerment of new and young voices and this is what we would like you to focus on with your one minute films. Show us what you think and feel on screen.

One Minute to Save the World 2019
Last year we held the inaugural competition titled 'One Minute to Save the World' which asked young filmmakers to make a film about something that they believed in. A film that made us sit up and take notice. A film that blew us away. A film that made us think. A film that asks questions. You can watch the finalist films on the PQATV YouTube Channel along with a short promo video from the winners screening.

PQATV is the broadcast arm of The Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA), a UK organisation running weekend performing arts schools catering for children from 6 - 18. Started in 2007 by well-known UK actress Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch, Birds of a Feather, North & South, Emmerdale), PQA has since grown to encompass 170 Academies across the UK. One of the key features of the PQA experience is the Film & TV module which gives students the opportunity to learn about filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera and to make, screen and broadcast their own short films.

About CMC
The CMC is the only gathering in the UK for everyone involved in developing, producing and distributing media content to kids – on all platforms. It welcomes delegates from film, live action TV, radio, interactive media, games, licensing, toys, book publishing, museums, theatre, theme parks and educational media – with speakers from all those areas and beyond. It’s the only time when professionals from across the whole media industry get together to share ideas and information and make new partnerships to create content.

• Up to 12 shortlisted films will be screened at The Children’s Media Conference 2020 in front of industry professionals such as TV and animation directors and producers, senior executives and TV commissioners
• The winning films will be announced at the Children’s Media Conference 2020 following a vote
• Two winners will receive a DSLR camera kit (one award for under 16, one award for over 16).
• The two winning filmmakers will receive mentorship, advice and guidance to help develop their career as a filmmaker from industry experts.
• The two winners will receive their prize at the PQA National Film Awards, red-carpet event in Leicester Square on Sunday 22nd November, the awards recognise excellence in filmmaking by young filmmakers.
• All shortlisted films will be publicly available on YouTube on PQATV.

• Writer, director and cinematographer/camera operator must be 21 or under, and UK residents
• On screen talent/actors can be any age
• Films can be fiction, non-fiction or animated
• Films can be any genre
• Films must be under 60 seconds (including titles and credits)
• Films can be in any frame size or shape e.g, 1:1, 4:3, 16:9, HD, 4k or smart phone sizes. *1920 x 1080 or 1080 x 720 HD is preferred.
• You should have permission from all on-screen performers to use and edit their image and voice
• All music / imagery should be copyright free
• There is no fee to submit
• Deadline for film submissions is: 24th May 2020
• Entrants will be notified of the final judging decision by 10th June 2020

Overall Rating
  • So grateful for my film 'Sixty' to have won third place, loved taking part in this competition. Can't wait for next year!

    September 2020
  • Tilly Jones

    Loved taking part in this competition! It was great getting runner up last year and semi finals this year! Very professional and communication is great too! Loved taking part in this-excited for next year!

    July 2020
  • Charlie Hills

    Great comp! Fantastic to be in the final! Amazing!

    July 2019
  • Eden Quine-Taylor

    This is a fantastic and professional competition and I would recommend it highly. Communication, organisation and response to correspondence is first class. The event is really well showcased on the PQATV Facebook and instagram pages.

    July 2019
  • Teri Levett

    Great competition for children of all ages. Was very exciting for them to have their entries judged by executives from Nickelodeon, Disney, CBBC and CITV. Very high quality of work from all finalists. Hope they do it again next year!

    July 2019