Film Competition FAQ

Below are some commonly asked questions. If your question isn't answered here, get in touch with us at [email protected]


General Questions

When do entries open?

Entry is now open.


When is the deadline for entries?

30th August 2020.


How strict will the judges be about the length of the video?

The maximum allowed length is 4 minutes. Your video can be shorter than this, but if you go above this your submission won't be considered (we recommend your video to be 3-4 minutes long).


I'm not sure how to submit the contributor license agreement.

Before a film can be included in our competition, the film maker needs to sign and email a copy of this license agreement to [email protected]

This can be downloaded here.

To fill this in and submit this, please download it, print it, fill in your information (make sure you remember to sign it), scan it in again, then email it to [email protected] If there are co-filmmakers on your film, then all co-filmmakers can sign this.


I'm interested in making a video, but I'm not sure where to start.

RENATE is a European network of religious committed to work together against human trafficking and exploitation. This is our events website, where you can find our upcoming events. These include our film competition for our upcoming film festival (winning films at our film competition are shown at the film festival).

We have a separate main website with lots more information on RENATE. We encourage you to visit that website here. We encourage you to see our mission statement if you're not sure where to start.


I have some ideas on what to put in my video, but I'm not sure how to make it, where do I start?

When making a video, there are 3 general steps; first you record video clips for your video, then you edit these clips together, and finally you export this video (you would then submit the exported video in our film competition).

Recording: You can use a camera or smartphone to record your video. If you're using a camera, you can record your clips and edit them on a computer. If you're using a smartphone, you can record your clips and edit them on your phone or computer.

Editing: There's lots of editing software available for computers and smartphones; be careful when choosing here, as some software can contain viruses, malware, spyware and adware. If you're on a Mac, Apple's iMovie is a good free option. If you're on Windows, Adobe Premiere Elements might be a good option (although it isn't free like Apple's iMovie). If using a smartphone, try searching terms like 'video maker' or 'video editor' in your phone's app store, again look out for potentially malicious apps (try to stick to official app stores, read app reviews to see if there are complaints, make sure your phone is running the latest iOS/Android version, and try to avoid downloading lots of different apps, try them one at a time after checking all these steps). Also consider that some editing software may be free to download, but it may charge for more advanced features, so check if you need to pay for important features like editing multiple clips together and exporting your video).

Exporting: There are many video formats available, we suggest exporting your video as an MP4 (if your editing software doesn't allow this, you could use another video format such as AVI or MOV).


What types of videos can I make?

The Entry Criteria for the film competition gives information on what you can have in your video. Some ideas on the types of video you could make:

  • Short cinematic

  • TV Interview

  • Animation/Infographic/Drawn

  • Mini-Documentary

  • Slideshow


COVID-19 Questions

To help you make a video for our film competition during COVID-19 lockdown, we answer some potential questions you might have.


How can I make a video without going outside?

You may not be allowed to leave your house, but you can get creative with your indoor space. Below is some information to help you make a video remotely.


When making a video in your house, it's important to consider your surroundings:

  • Does the audio sound good? (if there's an echo, try a different room)

  • Is there good lighting? (try opening your curtains, make sure it doesn't cause an echo!)

  • Are you happy for everything in the background of your video to be published? (for example you might not want any letters showing your address in the background, or pictures of family members; if other family members/pictures of them are in the video, make sure they're over 16, and you have a consent form for them to be in your video; see the entry page for more information)


If you want to work with a group and you need to communicate with the group remotely, you may find video calling software useful. Some examples of popular video calling software:

  • Skype (available for mobile and desktop)

  • Zoom (available for mobile and desktop; this has been widely used during COVID-19 lockdowns, but make sure you password-protect your meetings if using this, or someone you don't know might be able to join and post offensive content.

  • Facetime (this is an app for iOS devices)

Some video calling software, such as Zoom, has a recording functionality that can be useful. You could use it to record a TV Interview style video for example, or to record audio for multiple people to go over a slideshow. Be considerate though, and make sure you have permission from everyone in the call before you start recording.