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To see the winning pieces, click here!


For all the curious, creative and courageous kids out there

who care about our Earth, this is a call for action!

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up on 22 April 2020. Let us grab this opportunity to raise awareness of all the positive aspects of our slowed-down lives during the quarantines, such as being present, creative, and playful, rapidly learning and adapting, and caring for others. Let’s use the power of a short-short film to inspire others to take climate action when we emerge from this situation, or to see the beauty in something that seems to be so hard to accept.



Make a short film


  • The topic of your film must be related to sustainability in the times of the quarantine

  • Your submission might be live fiction, animation, music video, news, advertising, or experimental film - any genre is welcome!

  • Your film can be no longer than 60 seconds, including any credits (though credits are not required)

  • No doom & gloom! We are especially looking for positivity, creativity or humour around the topic

Further details:

  • You must be between 9-18 years old to enter this challenge

  • We are open to submissions worldwide

  • Entries must be filmed and edited by the person submitting

  • All films should be in English or have English subtitle​s

  • You must respect your local physical distancing regulations during the shooting of your film

  • Please only use original or royalty-free music

  • Multiple films may be submitted by a person


Submit your film

You must send your film via email to


Make sure to include the following information in your email:

  • a youtube link (might be “unlisted” or “public”)

  • your date of birth (DD MONTH YYYY)

  • your email address

  • your country

  • a code word so that we may identify later that indeed you submitted your entry

Please do not include your name or any personal data in your email. Entry to this challenge is free of charge, but we do ask you to get your parents' permission before sending us your application, it will be needed if you become one of the winners.


Submission deadline

22 April 2020

midnight CEST (Budapest) time

Only the judges and staff of REAL School Nonprofit Ltd. will see the entered works of art. Those selected to win a prize will be asked to provide parental consent for REAL School to process personal data, as well as to make the winning entries public. All entries that are not selected for a prize will be deleted promptly. No information, including the submitted films themselves, will be made public without the full consent of the submitter and their parent.


Kristóf DEÁK

Academy Award winner director

for Best Live Action Short Film “Sing”


Teréz KONCZ 


Award-winning director, producer, visual effects coordinator in Academy Award winner “The Jungle Book”

(Best Achievement in Visual Effects)




Award-winning director, psychologist,

co-founder of REAL School Budapest

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Lead Educator at

REAL School Budapest

the judges
Winners &       

The winners of each age-group will be announced by the end of April 2020. The prizes below will be delivered to them as soon as physically possible.

  • The winner in each age-group will receive a trophy for the Best Film 

  • The winners also receive a Family Pass for Korda Studios Filmpark for an experiential Film Production Tour

  • The winners will receive two passes each at the Cinemira International Children’s Film Festival 

  • First 3 places in each age group will have the opportunity to visit the VISION TEAM headquarters and get a personalised tour in the magical world of cameras, cranes, lamps, dollies and other exciting shooting equipment

  • First 3 places in each age-group will receive written feedback from our judges

  • The films of the first 3 places in each age-group are going to be screened at REAL School’s social media channels

  • And most importantly, you will learn the basics of making a film and creating a positive impact

The age-groups are 9-11, 12-14, and 15-18 years old. The judges reserve the right to award more or fewer prizes.

But what is

When considering sustainability, you might want to think about an action's environmental, social, financial, and personal well-being implications. At REAL School, we like to refer to this definition when thinking about sustainability.


"Sustainability (...) is the

possibility that human and other life

will flourish on the planet forever."

John R.Ehrenfeld

REAL School Budapest

REAL School is a new, independent, not-for-profit international primary school in Budapest, Hungary, that educates for sustainability, through real-life, entrepreneurial learning. Our mission is to raise a generation of social entrepreneurs who can dream and build a more beautiful, equitable and sustainable world for themselves and for all living beings.


Story writing

Here are some tutorial videos that should guide parents to help their kids write and plan plots for their films.

And an article on how to teach screenwriting to kids.

Good luck &
have fun!
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