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Flickers of the Future

What is Flickers of the Future?


Flickers of the Future calls on young filmmakers to tell a different story - one where humans and planet thrive together.

It is a competition for UK filmakers and scriptwriters under the age of 25 to create a human  story of a  sustainable future.  It embraces the challenge of creating content powerful enough to cut through to popular culture, without relying on the drama of dystopian narratives.



The way that we depict the future plays a critical part in how it unfolds, and research shows that the bleak dystopias that films are currently portraying create fear, denial and passivity. Creative focus has been on heroes dragging the remaining few through soulless high-tech nightmares that viewers struggle to relate to.


We are left to watch Blue Planet, sip our soya lattes through paper straws and hope something will save us from apocalyptic wastelands and robot takeovers. We need content that uses humour and feel-good storylines to inspire us all to strive for a very different future.


Flickers of the Future will support young content creators to create the most important drama of our generation in a way that creates rapid, radical change.

Our plan


The competition will open for submissions on 7th October 2019 and close 31st December 2019. UK filmmakers who are under 25  are invited to submit a short treatment showing how they plan to tell a human story of what it means to live sustainably.


Shortlisted concepts will be judged by our Expert Panel, youth audiences and representatives from major broadcasters. The winning story will be supported though production with funding and guidance from our Expert Panel .


To promote the competition and educate early career film makers about sustainability, we will host free half day workshops at film schools around the UK and deliver an online version. The workshops will focus on sustainability in filmmaking and will support entrants to submit quality applications.


Visit this website in October for full details about our workshops and how to apply to the competition.


Click here for FLickers of THE FUTURE PROJECT Overview


Our Expert Panel


Patron: RICHARD CURTIS CBE film maker, Founder Comic Relief and Project Everyone

Our Expert Panel

PROFESSOR TIM JACKSON (& CUSP TEAM), Director of the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey

PROFESSOR TIM KASSER, Author & Professor of Psychology, Knox university

VANESSA TIMMER, Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University, Executive Director of OneEarth

DR DENISE BADEN, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business & Founder of Green Stories

KEVIN MACDONALD, Director, Writer & Producer

SAM RICE-EDWARDS, Editor & Owner, The Assembly Room

JACQUES PERETTI, Investigative reporter, author and presenter



RICHARD WEBB, Film and TV Producer

GRAHAM SMITH, Grand Scheme Media


JEREMY MATHIEU, BBC Sustainability Advisor

JAMES WALLMAN, Author, Journalist, Activist and Keynote Speaker

SARAH WOODS, Playwright, Lecturer and Campaigner

KATE DALE, Head of Campaigns Sport England, responsible for This Girl Can campaign

VALERIE KELLER, Co-Founder and CEO of Imagine

LISE KINGO, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

JEREMY OPPENHEIM, Founding Partner SYSTEMIQ and Chair of Global Action Plan

JEFF SEABRIGHT, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever

JARVIS SMITH, Publisher of MyGreenPod and TV personality

GUNHILD A STORDALEN, Founder and Executive Chair of EAT


If you’d like to find out more about the programme, sign up to our mailing list or find out if you’re eligible for our workshops, please get in touch: