Lights, Camera, Parliament!

This national film competition asks students and teachers to explore lawmaking and its impact on all our lives.

Lights, Camera, Parliament!

If you could make one law what would it be?

The Lights, Camera, Parliament! competition asks young people aged 7-18 to tell Parliament what new law they would introduce in the UK in a 3 minute film.

Every participant will receive a digital badge recognising their achievement and winners will be selected from 3 categories – 7-11 yrs, 12-16 yrs and 17-18 yrs. Winners will be invited to an awards day that will include a tour of the Palace of Westminster, an opportunity to speak to Members of Parliament about their law and a showcasing event for all the winning entries at the British Film Institute.  

How to get involved

Check out the competition website which is full of great resources, tips and templates for young people and teachers and look out for inspiration topics and blogs from previous winners, Members, and other young film makers being added right up until the closing date. Not only will these help you get thinking about what law you’d like to propose and how to film it; if you add your comments, you could earn more digital badges.

Entries can be submitted from 12 January until 27 February 2015.

Entering is simple – once you’ve completed your entry, you just need to upload it to the competition website which is hosted by Makewav.es. (Makewav.es is a safe social media site designed specifically for schools and students).

To get you inspired, check out previous entries to the competition, and the video blog from one of last year’s winners about what the competition meant to her.

If you would like more information, or would like to receive regular competition updates, email lcp@parliament.uk  

Further activity

Explore Your Law Mission Badge

If you’ve submitted your law, and would like to take it a bit further, why not embark upon the Lights, Camera, Parliament! Mission Badge - Explore Your Law.

To complete your mission and receive your digital badge, you’ll need to carry out 3 tasks:

  • Create a survey about your new law and get at least 10 people to fill it out.
  • Make an eye-catching poster that explains your new law and why it's needed.
  • Contact your local MP or an expert in an area that is relevant to your new law.
  • Interview them about your new law and get their thoughts on it. Find out more about Explore Your Law and Mission Badges.

Find out more about Explore Your Law and Mission Badges.

Resources

You can also find lots of downloadable teacher and students resources, tips, inspiration pieces and blogs on the competition website which are a great way to engage young people creatively with Parliament, democracy and political literacy, and encourage them to get their voice heard all year round.