Charity Film Awards finalists revealed

More than 50 finalists are to compete across a range of categories based on charity size and length of film.

Joe Lepper | 14th Mar 19
Woodlands School among finalists

The finalists in an annual competition that pays tribute to the best charity films have been announced.

Among those vying for a Charity Film Award 2019 are five small charities in the turnover of less than £10,000 a year category.

This includes a film by Leatherhead-based Woodlands School for pupils with additional needs and disabilities. Their film featuring the school’s pupils netted 12,000 views in its first 24 hours on Facebook.

The charity is competing in the small charities category with a film about volunteering by the Senior Citizen Liaison Team and fundraising charity Sunshine People’s film about founder Nahla Summers sponsored bike ride

Animation features in small charity group

A film by Valgrays Border Collie Animal Rescue and an animated video by Voicing CSA, which supports survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, are also vying for the small charity award.

More than 50 finalists are competing across eight categories based on the size of the charity and length of the film.

The finalists have been through two stages of judging, the first seeing 50,000 votes whittle down 300 entries to a 90 strong long list. The finalists were then selected by a panel of expert judes including the Football Association’s head of marketing Georgina Lewis and newsreader and journalist David Eades.

In addition to category awards the charity finalists are also competing for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ based on votes via the Charity Film Awards website.

Youth Cancer Trust

Among those competing in the long form, under £5m turnover category is Youth Cancer Trust’s film Dance Beats Cancer to raise awareness about its work and engage with more young people with cancer.

“This three and a half year project started as an awareness exercise to enable us to connect with more young people that need our help and support on their journey through cancer, said a Youth Cancer Trust statement.

“We are honoured and thrilled that the Dance Beats Cancer Project has been so well received and to be a finalist in the Charity Film Awards. Being a small charity, winning this award would be one of our greatest achievements to date. We would like to thank everyone involved in the project and all of our supporters.”

The winners of the Charity Film Awards 2019 will be announced on 26 April at a ceremony in London.