Focus on young nature filmmakers

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Pupils dreaming of being Oscar winners should enter a national nature film competition.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has launched its first ever primary and secondary school film competition for schools.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity visits schools every year to deliverits free Prevention through Education programme, encouraging pupils to become responsible animal citizens.

The programme links in with many areas of the Curriculum for Excellence and aims to encourage empathy and compassion towards animals.

Primary and secondary schools have been invited to submit a short film that educates the public, and in particular their peers, on key animal welfare issues that the Scottish SPCA regularly have to tackle.

The competition gives schools the opportunity to engage their students in a creative and cross curricular activity with the opportunity to win prizes for both themselves and the school.

The judging panel will be looking for innovative and creative methods of conveying a key message to the public, in particular to other school students.

Scottish SPCA’s head of education and policy, Gilly Mendes Ferreira said: ‘Since 2010 we have seen a more than 300 per cent increase in the number of calls where children have alerted us to animals in need of our help, which saved injured wildlife and uncovered cases of neglect.

‘We are thrilled to be launching this competition for both primary and secondary schools and hope that this continues to encourage children and young adults to be #AlwaysAnimalAware.

‘We truly believe children are the key to making a real difference to animal welfare in Scotland.’

The topics, consent forms, terms and conditions, closing date for submissions and more information  can be found on the Scottish SPCA website at

The winning films will be announced in June 2019.