Over £13,000 of prizes of Canon cameras, camcorders, lenses and accessories must be won! Can your creative film-making win you the title of Amateur Film-maker Of the Year 2017?

We recently launched The Video Mode’s Amateur Film-maker Of the Year (AFOY) competition for 2017 and now we are giving you some fresh inspiration to help to spark your creative imaginations! Just click on the window above to watch our short, inspirational film that includes visually stunning clips from some of the winning films in the previous Amateur Film-maker Of the Year competition! You can see the quality of the films that our previous AFOY winners shot and hopefully get some great ideas for your entries to the current competition!

AFOY challenges you to get creative with your filmmaking, and gives you the opportunity to win some fantastic equipment prizes, courtesy of Canon, worth more than £13,000 in total. The competition is split into three rounds, each with its own theme: Travel, Environment and People. To enter each round, you must submit a video of no more than five minutes in length, of HD quality. You can shoot on any camera, and the content and editing are up to you – so long as it fits the theme of each round.

The winner will be the entrant with the most points after three rounds and they will win the overall prize (see below for more details of all the wonderful prizes) and the prestigious title of ‘Amateur Film-maker Of the Year 2017’. So, make sure that you keep entering every round to be in with a chance of winning the overall prize and being crowned Amateur Film-maker Of the Year 2017.

Round One: Travel

Round One (Travel) is open until 31 October 2016, and when entering, make sure you fulfil the brief. Mention the word ‘Travel’ and most of us think of visiting an exciting new place, either on holiday or for business. However, it could also be a journey of getting from A to B, such as a commute, but seen in a new perspective. Think about how your commute changes at different times of the day and during different seasons or just let your creative imagination run wild and shoot a compelling narrative and story based on the theme of ‘Travel’…

Visit www.thevideomode.com/afoy1 to send us a link to your short film and to view the full terms and conditions.

Three rounds and key entry dates

Below are more details of the three AFOY rounds, their themes and the key dates you need to know. Don’t forget you will also be judged on creativity and technical excellence.

Round One: Travel: Opens 1 September 2016, Closes 31 October 2016.
Round Two: Environment: Opens 1 November 2016, Closes 31 December 2016.
Round Three: People: Opens 1 January 2017, Closes 28 February 2017.

The overall winner, and The Video Mode’s new Amateur Film-maker Of the Year, will be announced during March 2017.


Don’t forget to enter your films to every round to be in with a chance of winning your share of prizes worth more than £13,000! See below for more details of the superb prizes that are up for grabs…

Overall prize


A Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital cinema camera and a 24-105mm zoom lens. Worth £4,625!

Round One: Travel – the prizes

XC10 01 FSL C

Winner: A Canon XC10 camcorder and a Directional Mic DM-E1. Worth £2,000!

Runner-Up: A Canon Legria Mini X camcorder. Worth £300!

Round Two: Environment – the prizes

7d II

Winner: A Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR, plus EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses. Worth £2,475!
Runner-Up: A Canon Directional Mic DM-E1. Worth £274.99!

Round Three: People – the prizes


Winner: A Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR and an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. Worth £3,199!
Runner-Up: A Canon Directional Mic DM-E1. Worth £274.99!


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Find out more…
Keep visiting The Video Mode website regularly for more tips and inspiration for entering the Amateur Film-maker Of the Year competition – remember you still have a full month (until 31 October 2016) to enter your ‘Travel’ themed video for Round One of the contest! For full details of the Amateur Film-maker Of the Year (AFOY) competition, terms and conditions, and how to enter Round One just click here.