Eco Film Awards
Together with NAEE, we are inviting students to produce a short film showcasing a project they have carried out to improve the environmental sustainability of their school.
Through this competition, we hoped to develop COBIS students’ environmental awareness and empower them to take action.
This competition is open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools. A limited number of spaces are available for MoD schools and BSME, FOBISIA, LAHC, NABSS and AoBSO member schools.
Download our poster to promote the competition in your school.
How to enter
Submissions are currently open and will close at 3pm GMT on Thursday 10 March 2022. Schools can submit two films per category:
- Key Stage 1-2
- Key Stage 3-5
Please see below for further details about the films we're asking students to produce.
School staff will be required to upload their students' films to a video hosting site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, the school website etc.) and provide the URL to the film on the online entry form. Please use this form for Key Stage 1-2 entries, and this form for Key Stage 3-5 entries.
Please note, all schools must gain consent from parents and guardians for student images on the films to be used by COBIS and NAEE for the administration and promotion of this competition. The winning films will be published on the COBIS and NAEE websites and social media platforms, and on the COBIS YouTube channel. The winning entries may also be screened at the COBIS Annual Conference 2022. You can download this example consent form for use in your school. COBIS may ask for evidence of this consent.
Students should produce a short film about an environmental project they have carried out in their school. The film should be no longer than 2.5 minutes (150 seconds).
The films will be judged by our competition partner, National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE). Each film will be judged on the following criteria:
- The environmental sustainability problem in the school that is being addressed is clearly explained and set in the wider context.
- Strategies used to address the problem are clearly explained and justified.
- It is clear that students played an active role in tackling the issue.
- There is a clear explanation of how the project improved the environmental sustainability of the school.
- The video is presented in an interesting and professional way.
- Students should consider ‘topping and tailing’ their film with clear information up front about the focus of the video, and a list of credits and acknowledgements at the end.
Please ensure the films do not contain the full names of students.
Take a look at NAEE's Curriculum Guides for ideas on how to explore the natural world and develop understandings of key environmental issues within the curriculum.
Example films - 2021 winners
Judges' comments: "This was a well put-together video addressing the issue of single-use plastics. We particularly liked how the film gave thought to the existing generation and those yet to come. The video was well suited to the students’ ages (Year 2) and the issue was something that these young children could get behind and feel they were able to make a difference. The communication was clear and simple, with good use of backdrops to share the message. The music and images were emotive from the beginning and so grabbed the viewer’s attention immediately."
Judges' comments: "This was a witty, inventive and well put together video which told the story of the students’ journey towards creating a green open space incorporating a school garden. It focused on important environmental issues, including the educational benefits of active first-hand outdoor learning, and promoted the imperative of having positive human relationships with the rest of the natural world. Many students were involved in this sustainability-focused action and they worked together well at promoting sustainability ideals and human well-being."
Winners and Prizes
A certificate and prize will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up of each category.
Winner: £150 Amazon voucher
Runners-up: £75 Amazon voucher
The winners and runners-up will be announced on the COBIS website by May 2022. The winning entries will be published on the COBIS and NAEE website and may feature at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2022. The winning projects will also be featured in NAEE's Environmental Journal.
Terms and Conditions
We would like to thank DK for sponsoring this year's Eco Film Awards.
DK believes in the power of discovery. That’s why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in. Our books cover a huge variety of topics to stimulate a child’s mind, and that’s why teachers, parents and caregivers across the world look to us to support children’s learning.
This competition is run in association with the the UK National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE).
NAEE – the UK National Association for Environmental Education – is an independent charity that supports and promotes teaching and learning in schools about the environment and sustainability. It was formed in the 1960s and publishes its journal for members, Environmental Education, three times a year. NAEE believes that young people have a right to first-hand educational experiences in their local environment as these are critical in helping them to understand the importance of the biosphere to all life on Earth, and is committed to campaigning for a strong focus on environmental and sustainability issues across the school curriculum.
The Association’s website naee.org.uk contains a weekly update, blogs, feature articles, book reviews and curriculum-focused reports.
Details of how to join NAEE are available at naee.org.uk/join-naee