COBIS students are invited to produce a short film showcasing a project they have carried out to improve the environmental sustainability of their school.

The Eco Film Awards aims to develop students’ environmental awareness and empower them to take green action.  The competition is open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools.

Download our poster to promote the competition in your school.

How to enter

Submissions will open on Monday 26 October 2020 and close at 3pm GMT on Wednesday 10 March 2021.  Schools will be able to submit two films per age category:

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

Please see below for further details about the films we're asking students to produce.

Full details about how to submit your entries will be available in the autumn term.

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 2021 in London. You can download this example consent form for use in your school. COBIS may ask for evidence of this consent. 

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). 

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’s 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.

Example Films - 2020 Winning Films

Key Stage 1-2 Winner
Not a Drop to Waste
DSB International School

Key Stage 3-5 Winner
Plant a Friend
International School of Bucharest

View all the winning films from our 2020 competition here.

Winners and prizes 

There will be one winner and two runners-up per category.  A certificate and prize will be awarded to the winner and runners-up of each category. 

The winners and runners-up will be announced on the COBIS website by May 2021. The winning entries will be published on the COBIS and NAEE website and may feature at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2021. The winning projects will also be featured in NAEE's Environmental Journal

Terms and Conditions 

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

Previous competition

Eco Film Awards 2020

We would like to thank Alps for sponsoring this year's Eco Film Awards. 

The Alps mission is to give every student every chance, helping all students to aim higher. This is achieved by providing data analysis tools that empower teachers to keep students at the heart of performance data across KS4 and KS5. Trusted by over 1,400 schools and colleges across the globe, the Alps online platform, Connect Interactive, enables powerful analysis, creating a common language to look at student and subject performance.

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