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Competition encourages young filmmakers to explore wonders of nature

Young filmmakers Emily and Josh Gilchrist from Ballyclare with their dog Coco

YOUNG people are being encouraged to channel their inner Sir David Attenborough by making a movie about the wonders of nature.

Education charity Into Film is encouraging children and teenagers to take part in its Nature in Your Neighbourhood initiative.

The competition calls on those aged 5-19 to make a live action or animated short film exploring the beauty on their doorstep.

Into Film has an extensive range of online education resources available to young people to keep them occupied during the Covid-19 crisis.

Its Home Learning Hub and the Nature in Your Neighbourhood competition is supported by the BFI awarding National Lottery funding.

As schools remain closed, the charity says film can be extremely effective at keeping young people meaningfully occupied and engaged in the curriculum.

Its hub's free content includes primary and secondary activities, film guides, a review writing competition, a continually updated list of movies to stream from home and direct advice from both home educators and learners.

"We want our creative young people to use their exercise time during lockdown to explore their neighbourhood, park or garden," said Lorraine Magee of Into Film.

"They can document something they've noticed or appreciated while spending more time in their local area with whatever filmmaking equipment that's available at home, including a smart phone, tablet or camera as well as Into Film's free home filmmaking resources."

Entries are open until Friday June 19. For more information, visit

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