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Sigmatak Film Competition 2014

"We had a great response to our film competition on
the theme of internet safety. Watch the winning entry
and runners up here."

Film Competition 2014

After the success in 2013, the Sigmatak Film Competition ran again in 2014 with a bigger prize of an Apple Imac, 11-16 year olds were invited to create a film choosing from one of the following themes :

  • Privacy :  What is Privacy and why does it matter? Are we giving away our right to privacy when we go online? What can we do to maintain personal privacy whilst enjoying the benefits of the internet? Film to give advice on how we may maintain our privacy online.
  • Companies and the internet :  Why is it important for companies to have internet safety awareness for its staff? What can happen to a company if staff click on email links from strangers or lose their USB memory sticks containing sensitive information about their company?
  • Stranger danger :  Is it okay for children to chat to strangers online? What are the dangers and how may these be avoided? Film to give advice for children on dangers of sharing information to strangers and what the potential impacts would be.

We had an even higher number of entries in 2014 and are pleased to announce the winning entry by Charlotte Thomas (Aged (15).  Watch the Winning entry and the runners up here. 

Winner 2014

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Sigmatak Film Competition. Charlotte Thomas's film The Letterbox was highly praised by our judges.

Charlotte Thomas being presented with the Apple iMac prize by Sigmatak director Tahir Alvi.

The Letterbox by Charlotte Thomas (Aged 15)

My film, "The Letterbox" is a short film outlining the dangers of the Internet in comparison to the dangers of real life. I compared the dangers of the Internet to those of real life because I feel like people are more likely to have an understanding of something if it's related to something that they see every day. I chose the Privacy category of the Sigmatak competition because as a teenager who uses social networking sites, I see a lot of people my age who don't properly secure their information online.

By making and publishing this short film, I hope to open people's eyes about the dangers of posting information about yourself or others and hopefully, influence people to look after their digital footprint. I believe that this video is suitable for the target audience of 11-16 year olds because as children start to enter their teenage years, they're usually bored of seeing the bright, colourful, sugar coated version of Internet Safety videos and find it hard to take things seriously and maturely if they're being treated as if they were a lot younger.

I'm very proud to say that there was no adult or professional role in any capacity in the making of this film.

Runners Up 2014

Who's Watching by Ella Wood (Aged 16)

The film I have created follows a teenage girl being stalked after she posts online on her public twitter account her exact plans of where she is going the next day. This is such an important issue as I see it happening all the time with people posting information about where they are, whether they are alone etc and it is so dangerous and could be the trigger to something terrible to happen. I want to show young people that they need to be aware of the impacts that can occur if you don't consider your privacy online.

The film will attract the target audience as I have used a teenage girl who falls in the older category so that younger children will look up to her and be engaged with the film and it will help them realise that they do not want to be in this situation so they will take a look at their own privacy settings and ensure they are safe and secure.

I brainstormed, story boarded and organised the use of borrowing equipment to make this film. I created this film by myself and used friends and family as actors. I hope you enjoy it!

Don't be Fred by Timothy Guest (Aged 13)

This film about stranger danger reminds people about the importance of avoiding strangers online. The film follows a boy named Jeff, who receives a friend request on Facebook from a stranger. He accepts the request, but a vision into what is really happening online teaches him a lesson. This scene shows how Facebook would look if it was in real life, and Jeff is confronted by this stranger asking to meet up with him. This man is then caught by the police.

The topic of staying safe on the internet is especially important, as you really don’t know who’s sitting at the other side of the internet, and it could be someone pretending to be someone they’re not. I tried to make my film get this message across as best I could, still with humour and filmmaking skills though.

My parents helped me in the filming process, but it was mostly done by me.

I think this will attract the target audience, as it I tried to make it funny, clever and imaginative to keep them amused and interested, while also conveying the message to stay away from strangers.

The Ghost of Common Sense by Luke Jones (Aged 14)

The film is a combination of 2 stories. The first is about a woman who receives an email from a woman who is pretending to be a king. It says that if she replies with her bank account details she will receive a large sum of money. The ghost of common sense appears advising her not to reply and then showing her why not.

The second film shows a child posting the dates he is away on holiday. The ghost of common sense then shows him that his house could be burgled and that he should never post when his house will be empty. This is something that is not often talked about.

The film covers information security by reminding people that they shouldn’t give out personal info like their bank account details or when their house will be empty, and they should not believe everything they read.

Teachers have only helped in this film by acting, and filming the scenes that I (ghost of common sense) acted in and by watching the film and suggesting improvements.

The film will attract the target audience because it gets across key messages in a humorous way that 11-16 year olds would enjoy.

Privacy Christian (Aged 11), Jonel (Aged 12), Mariam (Aged 12), Valentina (Aged 12)

A Grandpa poses using his grandson's Facebook profile. Will this serve as a reminder for Jess to keep her information safe? Our film was about keeping information private and in particular online data. We used the storyline of an evil person connecting on Facebook to meet up with friends. He manipulated information including pictures to befriend people. we particularly wanted to show the dangers of Facebook when used for the wrong purposes. We used sound effects and scary music to emphasise the danger of privacy online.

Comeback Bunny by Fatma (Aged 11), Gabriel (Aged 12), Stephanie (Aged 12)

My friends and I looked at the theme of stranger danger and how it can be applied now in apps for mobile phones. We thought that because of internet games children can be drawn into a fantasy and this can be a dangerous way of stealing personal information as they are vulnerable. Using comeback bunny this creature was able to lure my friend Gabriel in our film. It was good in creating an evil cartoon character who seems "friendly and nice", this would appeal to children of our age.

ID Fraudester by Lemuel (Aged 11), Milan (Aged 11), Alemide (Aged 11)

James' phone is taken. So is his identity. Learn the tips to ensure this doesn't happen to you. The film we created looked at ways in which to keep information away from thieves. we gave clear tips so that your phone cannot be used by people to steal information. Tip 1: Never leave your phone. Tip 2: Have strong password. Tip 3: Be careful of the information you store on your phone. In the film we showed how people can steal a person's identity as a result. We showed in the film why you should keep your information private at all times.

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