Deadline: June 5th 2021

In November 2021, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow – also known as COP26. 

The COP26 summit will bring together international government negotiators, decision-makers and policymakers to discuss how they should accelerate action towards stopping climate change.

From small island states to countries with rapidly growing urban areas, representatives from 197 countries are expected to join the summit.

We want to give you, the young people living across the planet, the opportunity to tell these decision-makers, in your own words, why stopping climate change is important to you – the future generations. And everyone’s voice matters.

To do this we are curating a short film compiled of youth voices from around the world that will genuinely outline how climate change is affecting you, what you are campaigning for and what message you would like to tell to climate negotiators at COP26. Working with a student team (which you can apply to join) we will produce the ActNowFilm which will be showcased to the climate negotiators, policymakers, academics, and the public during COP26.

How to submit your film entry

If you’re 18-30 years old, please submit your HD videos of up to 2-mins to us via:

All received submissions must agree with our terms of reference.

Film clips should aim to answer the following questions, and we have indicated the approximate time to film for each question:

  1. Your first name, and country (5 seconds)
  2. Why is climate change important to you? (25 seconds)
  3. What is the most important change you think we need to make to address climate change? (25 seconds)
  4. Are you involved in a climate group or organisation? If so, what does it do/ what are you working on? (15 seconds). If you are not, please leave out this question.
  5. What pledge will YOU take to address climate change (25 seconds)
  6. What would you most like to say to the global decision-makers at COP? (25 seconds)

Top tips and technical specifications for your film clip

  1. Please shoot your film “landscape”.
  2. Please feel free to include, where relevant and where the footage will be enhanced, a mix of wide and close-up shots.
  3. Please aim to have no/minimal background noise.
  4. We’d love to see footage of you/ your group speaking, as well as footage that demonstrates what you’re working on, or talking about – e.g. a polluted or flooded river.
  5. If you can, please speak in English. If this is not possible, let us know what language you are speaking and subtitles will be used to cover non-English language sections. 
  6. If you or your organisation are in danger of persecution, please consider sending an ‘anonymised’ clip if you can do so safely – e.g., footage of your country / area, without you in it, without your name etc. It would be helpful to know what country you are sending it from, if possible.

Want to be involved but rather be behind the camera?

If you want to help make the film but you are more comfortable on the other side of the camera, you can still get involved in producing the film as part of the ActNowFilm team. We have a number of roles available for passionate youth volunteers! We feel this is an amazing opportunity and we want the skills and perspectives of young people to help drive this film project and deliver an authentic youth voices film.

The roles include:

  1. Assistant Editors – to receive all entries and to process the footage through the editing process.
  2. Translation co-lead – to translate non-English film submissions into English, for subtitles.

If you’d like to join the ActNowFilm team, we’d love to hear from you!  Please fill in this form by 5th June and we’ll get in touch!

COMING SOON:  A global youth climate community platform

We want to put your work on the map! Help us create a new interactive platform showcasing the work and campaigning of all the youth actors and organisations on the planet, to be launched at COP. This network will enable youth climate actors to find each other, share ideas, work together, fundraise together, and amplify youth voices to make a difference on climate.

If you’d be interested in being kept up dated, please sign up here.

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