The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced the competition in collaboration with Into Film

The filmmaking competition invites young people across London to pick up their cameras and make a short film

The Mayor of London has launched a new filmmaking competition aimed at young directors across the capital.

My Local Culture invites young people aged 17 and under to make a short film based around why they love where they live.

The filmmaking competition is part of Sadiq Khan’s wider campaign to find the London Borough of Culture.

He said at the launch: “Culture is in the DNA of our city. It has the power to transform communities and bring people closer together. That’s what London Borough of Culture is all about.

“This is a great chance for young Londoners to tell us what they love about their local area.”

There are two age categories – 12 and under and 13 and over – with the winner of each receiving £1,500 of filmmaking equipment and professional training to kick start their early careers.

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The films should be no longer than three minutes long and should be filmed in one of London’s 32 boroughs.

Videos will be judged by the Mayor, a team from Into Film and other young people on the ideas, sound, story, look and technical ability of the short films.

Applicants will need parental permission to enter their films in the filmmaking competition on the Into Film website.

Winners will be announced by Sadiq Khan in February, 2018 but applicants are also encouraged to enter their short films in the Into Film Awards, which take place in March, 2018.

Submissions for the both competitions are open now with the closing date for entries on January 31, 2018.

If you’re too old or live in the wrong place for this competition, keep checking back to The Video Mode for the latest funding announcements you can apply for.

Alternatively, check out our guide on how to make money as a filmmaker right now.

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