Launch of National Archives competition for film makers

I was interested to hear that the National Archives have just launched this year's ‘Files on Film’ competition. They've invited entrants to make short films (of no more than three minutes) inspired by one of ten archival documents relating to people's differing experiences of the First World War.

Staff outside Abbey Manor Auxiliary Hospital, Evesham, 1918

Staff outside Abbey Manor Auxiliary Hospital, Evesham, 1918

The documents include reports of anti-German riots, records of tribunals hearing appeals for exemption from military service, Land Army songs, a public appeal for funds from ex-servicemen suffering from shell shock, a petition from soldiers from the West Indies Regiment for equal pay and conditions, and Siegfried Sassoon's famous protest letter.

The competition closes on 7th January 2015. If anyone's interested in entering, you can find out more at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/get-involved/files-on-film.htm.  First prize this year is £500, second is £200 and third is £100. If you're seeking inspiration, the website also includes details of last year's winning films.