Are you between 13-21 years old? Do you want to become a film star, director or producer for the day and win fantastic prizes? If you are then the Language and Film Talent Awards – LAFTAs – are searching for you!

LAFTAs are looking for videos showing the importance of languages. This is your chance to tell your story about the importance and benefits of learning British Sign Language (BSL).

All you have to do is make a two-minute film – it can be in any style you like – from comedy to thriller! You can enter in one or more of the special categories, including this year’s London 2012 theme.

The LAFTAs are looking for originality and an effective way of getting the message across, not technical expertise, so don’t worry about the quality. You can even film it on your mobile phone.

For more information about the LAFTAs, handy hints and tips, and to see what fantastic prizes are lined up for this years winners visit

The competition is organised by CILT, the National Centre for Languages as part of our work to promote the UK’s language capability. The LAFTAs aims to create a bank of video clips for all those working with young people, and to encourage teenagers to value language learning and to continue with languages to a higher level.

The competition links to our work with the Routes into Languages programme, an £8 million initiative funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), to increase and widen participation in language learning in higher education. In this year’s competition, Routes into Languages will be taking part in regional judging across England.

The closing date for entries is 1 February 2010 to enter.

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