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Forgotten black history to be retold with Dina Asher-Smith

CHAMP: Olympic athlete Dina Asher-Smith (photo credit: Mark Robinson)

A NEW filmmaking competition has been launched to encourage schoolchildren from across the UK to help highlight the forgotten history of African and Caribbean people in Britain. The History Matters Young Filmmaker Awards, which is open to submissions now, is aimed at all secondary pupils aged between 11 and 19-years-old.

The competition, which was launched this month, has been initiated by Professor Hakim Adi of the University of Chichester, who is the UK’s first history professor of African heritage. It is organised in collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives, the Historical Association, East Sussex Record Office, Every Voice, and Into Film.

The awards are also supported by History Matters: a group of black historians and teachers led by Professor Adi concerned with the under-representation of history students of African and Caribbean heritage at UK schools and universities.

The competition

The contest, which is open to films of a maximum of five minutes in length, will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges that includes Team GB Olympic bronze medal-winning athlete Dina Asher-Smith – herself a university history student. Submissions are being accepted from now and will remain open until Friday 17 February, 2017.

Young filmmakers can apply as individuals or as groups from schools, colleges, or youth clubs in one of three age categories: 11 to 13, 14 and 15, or 16 to 19-years-old. A website dedicated to the competition has been launched to inspire entrants with film tips from experts and how-to guides about storyboarding and directing.

Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony held in London in April next year to meet Asher-Smith and the judges on the panel. Winning entrants will be awarded specialist prizes while everyone who submits a video will be given a History Matters Young Filmmaker Awards participant certificate and have their films showcased at an official exhibition.

Professor Hakim Adi (pictured below) of the University of Chichester said:

“We need to make sure that Britain's history includes and is relevant to everyone. We are looking for interesting historical content, a creative approach, and passion for the story.

"This competition is an exciting opportunity for students to contribute their own innovative views of our shared heritage.

“It is not necessary to have expensive equipment or previous experience to take part in the Young Filmmaker Awards - just lots of enthusiasm, a camera, and editing software. A smart phone or tablet and the filmmaking apps that come with them can produce a great result. I look forward to watching the entries.”

Athlete and history student Asher-Smith said:

“I think that the skills you learn in studying history are really important. Reading, analysing, coming to conclusions, articulating an argument, using evidence, and just general knowledge too - it’s really interesting.”

Daniel Smith, Filmmaking Manager at Into Film said:

“We are pleased to support History Matters on their Young Filmmakers Awards. Filmmaking is a valuable educational tool and provides greater opportunity for young people to discover and explore a variety of perspectives through the films they make and the stories that inspire them.

“Diversity in filmmaking and the film industry has never been so important and this is a great opportunity to showcase the creative talents of young filmmakers from across the UK. I look forward to seeing the finished entries.”

Mona Bani, education and culture director at Every Voice, said:

"We have been campaigning for years for a fully inclusive history curriculum which reflects the reality of the diverse society we live in and is relevant and engaging for all students and this competition is a great way to promote this.

“Its informal and creative nature will hopefully attract a broader range of young people who may otherwise feel disengaged with history at school. It is also a great way to show young people that Black history is part of British history and not some exotic, faraway concept only to be rolled out during Black History Month."

Further information

To find out more about the History Matters Young Filmmaker Awards including how to get involved click here.

Alternatively, follow @hmyfa or search #historythroughfilm on Twitter.

For more about the History Matters action group including its director Professor Hakim Adi contact

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