The COBIS Eco Film Awards is a celebration of our students’
commitment to a sustainable future.

This competition has now closed.
Winners will be announced in April 2020

Competition details 
The COBIS Eco Film Awards is a filmmaking competition that aims to develop COBIS students’ environmental awareness and empower them to take action. COBIS students are invited to produce a short film showcasing a project they have carried out to improve the environmental sustainability of their school. Through this competition, we aim to inspire our students to take green action and recognise the environmental achievements of our member schools. 

The films 
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) and should include: 

  • The environmental issue 
  • Strategies used to overcome the issue 
  • The outcome 
  • Who was involved 
  • What the students learned through being involved  

The full judging criteria is available below.

Please ensure the films do not contain the full names of students.

There are two categories students can enter:  

  • Key Stage 1 & 2
  • Key Stage 3-5 

Schools can submit three films per age category. Schools may choose to run an internal competition to select these films. 

Promoting the competition 
Download this poster to display in your school.

Competition resources
Please download the DK resources below to encourage your students to think about environmental sustainability:

Consent form 
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 2020 in London, where representatives from British schools around the world will attend.

You can download this example consent form for use in your school. Please note, COBIS may ask for evidence of this consent. 


The films will be judged by our competition partner, National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE). 

Each film will be judged on the following criteria: 

  1. The film contains the following information:
    • The environmental issue 
    • Strategies used to overcome the issue 
    • The outcome 
    • Who was involved 
    • What the students learned through being involved 
  2. Everything has been clearly explained 
  3. The project demonstrates that the environmental sustainability of the school has been improved 
  4. The students have played an active role in selecting and tackling the issue 
  5. The video is presented in an interesting and engaging way 

Winners and prizes 
There will be one winner and two runners-up per category. 

The winners and runners-up will be announced on the COBIS website in April 2020. The winning entries will be published on the COBIS and NAEE website and may feature at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2020.  

A certificate and prize will be awarded to the winner and runners-up of each category: 

  • Winner:  £150 Amazon voucher plus a DK book bundle containing environmentally themed books. 
  • Runners-up:  £75 Amazon voucher 

The winning projects will also be featured in NAEE's Environmental Journal.

Terms and Conditions 
Full terms and conditions for the COBIS Eco Film Awards can be downloaded here


We would like to thank DK for sponsoring the COBIS Eco Film Awards 2020. 

''DK is part of Penguin Random House, the world's largest publisher. We aim to inspire, educate and entertain all ages and abilities through the pages of our highly visual non-fiction books.

Our books are created to encourage a love of reading and learning, bringing unrivalled clarity to a huge range of topics. We combine trusted and curated content with ground-breaking computer-generated images, state of the art photography and beautiful illustrations, ensuring that everyone can understand even the most complex ideas and events

For adult readers, DK publishes a wide variety of books; spanning across travel, history, science, nature, sports, gardening, cookery and parenting. 

DK’s extensive list of children’s books is a wonderful source of inspiration; from animals, space, the human body, homework help and craft activities, to the latest superheroes and LEGO® books. We captivate even the most reluctant readers through our engaging, accessible and informative content and stunning designs. ''

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 contains a weekly update, blogs, feature articles, book reviews and curriculum-focused reports.

Details of how to join NAEE are available at