THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED THE TELL MY STORY COMPETITION. WE HAVE RECEIVED TRULY FANTASTIC WORK. WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS IN JULY.
Here at Heartbreak we love telling stories – stories about adventure, mystery, and friendships that we take round the UK and perform for you. Sadly, because of coronavirus, we can’t do that. So we thought, this summer, we’d turn things upside down, and ask you to tell us a story. What kind of story? Well, we’d like you to imagine a story about an “Escape From Lockdown!”, send it to us, and then, we will choose eight stories and, with your help, develop them into five minute films that we will première online.
The Nitty Gritty
We would love you to send us your stories inspired by the theme “Escape from Lockdown”. As we know, not all stories are written down on paper. After all, “a picture paints a thousand words”, so if you’d rather paint or draw your story, use graphic art, video yourself telling your story, or write a piece of music, that’s absolutely fine. Entries will be divided into categories: written/spoken word, video, visual art, and music, and we will select two entries from each category to be developed into a 5-minute film. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Originality – how imaginative and creative is your story?
- Plot – does your entry have a s/hero who is called into action trying to accomplish something? Does your piece have a beginning/middle/end?
- Character Development – have you made us feel that we know the characters in your story/drawings/song?
- Production Possibilities – we are a small company with limited resources, and we are looking to develop your wonderful work into five-minute films. Using our resources and the time available, can we do that without leaving out lots of what you’ve imagined?
So how do you enter? Easy! Click the link for the type of entry you are submitting, fill in the entry form and submit your work. There are different file types for different categories. So, if you’re submitting:
- A Song/Audio File – please submit an MP3 File, MP4 file, private SoundCloud, or private YouTube link
- A Video – please submit an .mov file, MP4 file, or a private YouTube link
- A Piece of Visual Art – please submit JPEGs or PNGs
- A Written Story – please submit or PDF or Word.doc
Please keep files under 10MB. When you submit your entry, you’ll get a note on your browser that your entry was submitted, and in July we’ll let you know whether you’ve been shortlisted. Winners will be announced by the end of July.
So what happens if you win? Shortlisted projects will be hosted in a gallery on our website and showcased on our social media channels. If you’ve won we will be developing your story into a film with you. What that means is that we will be including you, via video link, in parts of the production process. For these calls it will be mandatory for you to have your parent/guardian present. Then, when all eight films have been made and woven together, we will have a première night on September 11th to show your film!
Please read the terms and conditions for all the rules. Then click the links at the bottom of the page to enter your story. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
- The competition is open to all children in the UK in KS2/3 (Y3-Y9)
- You must have your parents’/guardian’s permission to enter
- Family of Heartbreak Productions’ employees are not eligible to enter
- One entry per child
- All video-calls with winners must include a parent/guardian
- All video-calls with winners will include (at least) one person from Heartbreak Productions who is DBS checked
- An email will be sent to all applicants on 1st July to let you know if you have been short-listed/not selected this time.
- Winners will be announced before the end of July.
- Two winners will be chosen from each category.
- By entering this competition you give Heartbreak Productions the right to use your entry for promotional purposes.
- By entering this competition you agree to be a part of the filming process.
- Short-listed entries will be hosted in the gallery on the Heartbreak Productions website and promoted on our social media channels.
- Entries must be received by midnight June 21st
The grant from the Arts Council will fund the Tell My Story project, which will provide work to 5% of the original creative team. We are very fortunate to receive this but it will not sustain the company throughout the next 12 months. Therefore, in order to keep Heartbreak up and running and ensure we can be back touring next summer, we will be greatly reliant on fundraising and donations. If you are able, please visit our Go Fund Me Page to keep Heartbreak’s Heart Beating.