Budding film makers can enter the Royal Academy of Engineering’s short film competition, run in conjunction with the Global Grand Challenges Summit to highlight the importance of engineering.

The summit is a major initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US and China, designed to bring together leading international innovators and young people to explore new approaches to solving some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

The competition calls for creative 18-27 year-olds in the UK to produce a film of up to two minutes long, highlighting the importance of engineering and how engineers can tackle global grand challenges in areas that will be discussed at the summit, including: sustainability, enriching life, growth, resilience.

Short films using all production techniques from drama, experimental and documentary to animation, artist film and hybrid work are encouraged and films can be shot by a crew or even just with a mobile phone. They can be serious or amusing, but must be thought provoking.

The winner of the short film competition will receive a prize of £5,000, which will be presented at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, UK on 12 and 13 March 2013. The winner’s film will also be shown at the event, hosting some of the world’s best known innovators, alongside films by the winners of the US and Chinese Academies’ short film competitions.

Notes for editors

  1. The competition will close midnight 15 February 2013. All entries must be received prior to this date in order to be considered. Entries will be judged by the Academy and professionals from the engineering, film and media industries, who will comprise the judging panel.
  2. The Global Grand Challenges Summit will take place on 12 and 13 March 2013 at 2 Savoy Place, London. Further information on the event and the announced speakers is available in a  press release and from  www.raeng.org.uk/grandchallenges
  3. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Sarah Griffiths at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0655