Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition is a partnership between Screen Education Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Arts & Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council that first began in 2008. Open to all pupils in nursery, primary and secondary education within City of Edinburgh, East, West and Midlothian establishments, the competition sees selected films share the festival limelight with leading filmmakers from around the world.

The unique aspect of this project is the core role of a panel of judges made up of young people studying at Edinburgh and Lothians schools, who work with SEE and EIFF to learn about short film watching, understanding and curation to select the films and decide on the awards in each category for both screenings that take place at EIFF in June – nursery/primary level and secondary level. The young people’s jury also present the films and awards at each event.

Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Competition 2021

We hope to announce the format and guidelines for the next competition spring 2021.