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Behind the Scenes

'Screen Your Story' is a wonderful opportunity for all you young storytellers. This is the competition where you get the chance to be a published author, even have your story made into a film!

About Screen Your Story

AN

UNFORGETTABLE PLACE

It can be any place at all, a cupboard, a room, a building, a country, a planet.

 

On the land, in the air, under the sea - in your head! 

This Years Theme

Red Carpet Event

The Competition & The Prizes

Write one of the best stories and

your prize will be to see it published

in a superb, fully illustrated book...

'Stories From the Young'.

 

PLUS you will be entered into the competition for the chance to have a professional director bring your story to life on film. 

Get Writing

There are 6 groups for entries:

  1. Up to and including Reception

  2. Years 1 and 2

  3. Years 3 and 4

  4. Years 5 and 6

  5. Years 7 and 8

  6. Year 9 and over

All entries will be judged by a panel made up of teachers, playwrights and writers with the winning stories being announced at the beginning of 31st March 2024.

Who can enter?

Our professional directors will then decide which story from each age group will be made into a film.

 

The authors will be offered the chance to work their film with a professional director, crew and actors. The films will all be shown at our Gala.

Our winning authors and film makers will receive their awards from from one of our celebrity patrons.

The Red Carpet

Film Premiere and Prizes Awarded at the renowned SCREEN 1 at Olympic Studios, Church Road, Barnes SW13 at our Gala premiere on Saturday 30th June 2024.

All you need to do now is read the section below for your year group, get registered and get started.

 

Good Luck!

    Anne

(Dr. Anne Mullins Director 'Screen Your Story')

What Next?

A Girl in a Classroom

To all you young writers ask your teacher or parent to go through this with you so that you know exactly what we are looking for.

For your age groups we need a story under 500 words.  

 

Some of our winning stories will be made into films. We will be filming in May and in this country so think about where you set your story. I know the English weather is unpredictable but we aren't likely to have snow then so no stories with snow scenes will get the chance to be made into a film - nor will a story set in a desert! 

 

The authors of the stories made into films will be offered the chance to work with the director to make their films - if their parents consent and will chaperone them. A professional crew and actors will work with the Director.

 

Your entry may be handwritten (though please make sure we can read it) or word processed. You may submit your story through your school or send it, with an entry form attached, to 'Screen Your Story', 27 Bracken Gardens, SW13 9HW.

 

This year we will also accept entries sent by email to screenyourstory@gmail.com

Deadline for entries is 28th February 2024

Reception to Year 6

For your age groups we need a story of no more than 1000 words.  Use any props you like, and create any characters you like - young, old, male, female, human, animal or even alien. 

 

Some of our winning stories will be chosen to be made into films so think about the setting of your story. Filming will take place in May 2024 so think about what the space will look like then. Even though the English weather can be bizarre we aren't likely to be under snow then so no story set in the arctic is going to be made into a film - nor one set in a desert!

 

The authors of the stories that are made into films will be given the chance to work with the Director to make their film so long as their parents consent and they are chaperoned. A professional crew and actors will work with the Director.

 

Your story may be handwritten or word processed. You may submit your story through your school or send your story with a completed entry form to:

'Screen Your Story', 27 Bracken Gardens, London, SW13 9HW .

 

This year we will also accept entries sent by email to screenyourstory@gmail.com

Deadline for entries is 28th February 2024

Year 7 to Year 14

Our Patrons & Sponsors

Our celebrity panel is very distinguished and we are immensely grateful that they are prepared to give their time to help this competition be a success.

Ade Adepitan

Ade is one of Britain's inspirational wheelchair basketball players. Childhood polio forced him into a wheelchair but once he discovered wheelchair basketball his burning ambition was to win gold for his country. In the 2002 and 2005 European Championship he won bronze and silver.

At the Athens 2004 Paralympics as Captain of the GB team he sunk the winning shot to win  bronze. He finally  fulfilled his ambition of winning gold  by again producing the winning shot at the 2005 world Championship.

Now a television presenter he covered London's 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 to wide acclaim endearing himself to the public with his knowledge, his charm - and those dreadlocks!

Ade Adpitan

Alistair is a man of many parts: an impressionist, stand-up comedian, actor, singer and writer. His series 'The Big Impression' was for years the BBC'c top rated comedy programme winning a BAFTA award in 2003. He is an acclaimed actor winning a nomination for an Olivier award for his role in 'Little Shop of Horrors' and his play 'Timing' won the whatsonstage.com award for Best New Comedy. In 2013 he wowed audiences with a stand up show with Eddie Izzard, performed entirely in French! He's mad about sport so you'll catch him regularly on 'A Question of Sport' and Radio 5 Live's Wimbledon commentary team.

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan

Patricia is one of Britains best known stars of stage and screen. She was nominated twice for an Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical before winning the 2000 Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Money'. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award for her performance in 'Hotel du Lac'. She has appeared in many films notably Harold Pinter's 'Betrayal'. We've all seen her recently as Miranda's mother in the BBC sitcom 'Miranda'.

Patricia Hodge

Patricia Hodge

Jack is one of our most exciting young comedians.  Three times winner of the King of Comedy Award - an unrivalled achievement - in 2012, 2013 and 2014, his stand up tours are always a critically acclaimed sell-out. He has written and starred in 'Fresh Meat' and the tragicomic adventures of benighted teacher Alfie in 'Bad Education'.

Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall

Sir Michael  needs no introduction. Children and adults alike love his wonderful books - one of my own favourites is the touching 'The Butterfly Lion' - which have been turned into operas, ballets, plays and films most notably the glorious, heart rending 'War Horse'. Check out our new initiative with Sir Michael on our Books for City Children page

Sir Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo
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