The Challenge....

Calling all amateur filmmakers on the island of Ireland! NCC is coming out of lockdown with a short film competition, EAT MY SHORTS. Make the most of the staycation to flex your movie-making muscles and get out your phone or camera to create a mini movie. 

NCC is delighted to be sponsored by Fibrus, the company bringing Hyperfast Full Fibre Broadband to rural Northern Ireland, to bring you Eat My Shorts Short Film Competition. 

NCC challenges amateur filmmakers to create a short original film, no more than 2 minutes in duration, which meets the U certificate. Include a short written summary that sets out what you hope to achieve with your film. Judges will consider: your initial idea, as set out in your written summary; creativity in all aspects of your film; execution - how well your film achieves what you set out to do. Your film can be any genre, any style, any topic. 

You can find film-making hints, tips and advice here Click here for Tips & Resources

The entries will be viewed by the judges and they will shortlist the best 5 films, then select the top 3. 

The top 3 will win prizes:


1st Prize – £300 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast 

2nd prize – £150 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast 

3rd Prize – £75 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast 

New Prize for Schools just added...

We are delighted to announce an additional prize for schools & school-age entries - Into Film Schools Prize of £300.

School groups or school-age individuals are eligible for this special prize as well as the other three prizes. 

Into Film is a UK-wide supporter of getting young people interested in film and cinema, and wants to see lots of entries to Eat My Shorts from young filmmakers.  


With half-term break coming up, we have extended the deadline to Friday 30 October 2020.


Your film must comply with the U classification of the British Board of Film Classification - 

Entrants must be aged 13 or over and resident in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Entrants aged 17 or under will need permission from a parent or guardian to take part.

Entrants must be amateur filmmakers only. This means only people who have not been previously credited or paid for their work in film, video or television production. 

The competition is open to individuals, families or groups of friends, but all participants must be amateur, including actors and musicians. 

Please see the Terms and Conditions for full details.


1. Make an original U certificate film, maximum 2 minutes long including credits.

2. Read the Terms & Conditions.

3. Make sure you have permission from all performers, contributors and music and have credited them in the credits. Do not use any commercial or published material (apart from royalty-free music). Unless you have permissions.

4. Make sure you have all music permissions. Terms & Conditions

5. Upload your film in high resolution to a video-sharing site (YouTube, Vimeo, dailymotion…) Make sure the link works.

6. Register your entry on the online Eat My Shorts portal. Register Now

complete with any music in the Music Reporting section.

7. All entries must be registered and uploaded before 6pm on 25 September. DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED to FRIDAY 30TH OCTOBER

8. Wait for an email to say your film has been admitted for competition.

9. Cross your fingers

10. Contact NCC at if you have any queries.

Five shortlisted films for the main prize AND three shortlisted films for the Into Film Schools Prize will be announced in November and uploaded to NCC’s website

The Top 3 films and Into Film Schools Prize winners will be announced at NCC’s Full Moon Film Festival 2020 in November and all shortlisted films will be screened at the festival.

1st Prize – £300 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast

2nd prize – £150 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast

3rd Prize – £75 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast


Into Film Schools Prize - £300 worth of vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast

The prizes are vouchers from WEX Photo Video Belfast. They can only be redeemed in a WEX store. No cash alternative is available. Winners from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland can order items from the Belfast store to be delivered to addresses north or south of the border.

Looking for Ideas

We've compiled some useful resources and links to get your started. Find below some inspiration and ideas.

The world is your osyter! Trying to find something to make a film about can be a daunting task! Regardless of whether this is your first short script or your one-hundred-and-first, everyone is on the same page.

The first key ingredient in generating great short movie ideas is to decipher what inspires you creatively. Creating a film about something you love doing or enjoy will always make the whole process much more enjoyable. Take inspriatuon from the world around you, your town, your family, your house! Maybe a hobby, a person or simply a place you like to go or a your favouite poem, sport or film?

This 'WeMake' version of Jaws made my fans shows a massive range of techniques, ideas and is comedy gold:- WeMake Jaws

The BBC’s 'Get Creative' page is a fantastic portal for any aspiring film maker and is filled with a wealth of top tips on storyboarding, structuring,editing and so much more.


Music Ideas

Looking for music you can use in your film without having to obtain permissions? Try these two sites, but make sure you comply with their rules of use:-

Film Music- this site has some free music BUT you must credit the music, composer and performers:-

Film Music

Audio Network- this site charges for individual tracks and you must credit the music, composer and performers

Audio Network

For the first year of NCC's 'Eat My Shorts' short film competition we've whipped up a host of local movie making talent together with some proper film and cinema officianados.

We're delighted to welcome the following to the Jury panel to judge your fantastic work to showcase at the 2020 Full Moon Film Festival.

Campbell Miller - is a local director and writer. Known for award winning films such as Respite for Christmas, Poison Tree and Family and Hope. His debut feature docudrama Bravery Under Fire was released in 2018

Niamh McGrady - Castlewellan-born actor who appeared in the critically acclaimed production of Macbeth alongside Patrick Stewart (Star-Tek, X-Men) in both the West End then on Broadway. Niamh has appeared in award winning TV programmes Holby City and The Fall alongside Gillian Anderson (X Files) and Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey)

Dr Jennie Carlsten - Dr Jennie Carlsten teaches and researches Irish and Northern Irish cinema at Ulster University, with special interests in screen emotion and community cinema. She also works at Film Hub NI supporting member cinemas and researching the community cinema sector. Jennie is a member of the Irish Screen Studies Board, and used to work as a projectionist and cinema manager.

Maria Brennan - Has been working with access>CINEMA for 4 years as Film Programme Administrator. She holds a MA from Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. As well as her love of all things film she a practising Visual Artist specialising in paint. Her favourite film genre is Documentary but has a particular love for animation.

A NCC committee member.

A Word from our Sponsor....

NCC is delighted to be sponsored by Fibrus for both the Eat My Shorts Film Competition and the Full Moon Film Festival in November.

This is what Joe Diver, Fibrus Marketing Manager, said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsoring the Full Moon Film Festival in Newcastle.  Film has been a part of all our lives, with lots of memories made at the cinema, or going back to the drive-in days, and while how we view those films has changed over the years, the enjoyment we all get from them remains the same. 

Our recent investment of £100m has brought Hyperfast Full Fibre Broadband to Newcastle and other rural towns across Northern Ireland and will enable homes to stream HD or 4K TV and watch live events without buffering. 

This means everyone can continue to watch their favourite films, either at fantastic events like the annual Film Festival or at home without the frustration of slow speeds when downloading their favourite movie.  On a personal level, I am really looking forward to seeing the entries for the ‘Eat My Shorts’ Competition, and how creative the people of Ireland are, as well, of course, as finding out the line-up for the festival itself.”

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