08 July 2015

Big Money Movie Pitch competition results revealed

Earlier this year we launched a competition ‘Big Money Movie Pitch’ to help bring financial education to life for students in early secondary education. This activity is part of the Your Money element of our ‘Living on your side’ citizenship strategy, which aims to encourage people to start saving.

In the competition we asked 11-14 year olds to come up with a pitch for a two minute short film to teach other young people about managing money in a fun, creative and interesting way. We received 128 entries from 19 schools, with a total of 307 students getting involved from across the UK. The entries were reduced to a shortlist of eight, which were then scrutinised by our judging panel.

We’re delighted to announce that the winning entry was created and pitched by pupils at Saint Catherine’s College in Armagh, Northern Ireland and was called ‘Coinsequences’. Stephen Uden, one of the judges and Head of Citizenship at Nationwide, said: “It was a close run thing, but the judging panel felt that ‘Coinsequences’ was the most creative and well-developed idea. It was also a fun concept which we believe will deliver the message that saving is important and has the potential to be watched and shared via social media.”

Creating the film

The winning entry was made into a real film and premiered on 8 July at Vue Cinema in Westfield, London. Students from St Catherine’s College attended the premiere screening, along with those from two other schools whose entries were highly commended.

Neil McCool, Moving Image Arts tutor, St. Catherine’s College, Armagh said: “It has been my privilege to oversee The Big Money Movie Pitch project. As a group the students worked really hard on the script showing great imagination and they had a lot of fun throughout the entire project. Winning was just awesome as there are so many brilliant opportunities on offer for the class and the school. There is also a great buzz throughout the whole school at the minute which really helps the profile of Moving Image Arts.”

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