Creative Darlington and Undivided Pictures are looking for short films featuring ‘Lockdown’ as the theme for competition entries.

This call-out is open to those who live or work in Darlington, all films must be under four minutes and should include no more than four characters. The winner will be selected in June and the prize is £100 worth of vouchers for Darlington Hippodrome. The competition deadline is noon on Friday 22 May 2020.

As long as you stick to government guidelines then you can be as creative as you want. The organisers hope to see a mixture of drama, comedy, dance, song or anything that you think will be entertaining. Films must be under four minutes with a maximum of four characters.

The competition was created by Susie Potter and Dalton Deverell, both with creative roots  in Darlington. They said: “We think now is the perfect time for people to flex their creative muscles and we’re excited to see the entries. Short films can make a welcome break to your everyday and we’re hoping people enjoy the experience of creating the content.”

Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services, said: “Stay at Home Stories is a great chance to have some fun with film-making and to enter a fantastic competition. We hope people living or working in Darlington will be keen to share their own ideas, talent and enthusiasm and I’m sure we’ll see some fabulous films made safely at home!”

Films can be shot on a phone, or laptop using one of the group apps like Zoom, whatever you think works best for your film. The organisers are looking for zero-budget masterpieces so please check with whoever pays the bill if using someone else’s account.

The competition organisers recommend using WeTransfer to send your film, as it’s free and will allow you to send a large file.

  • A panel of judges will select five entries which will be put to a public vote
  • Questions and entries should be sent to
  • Competition closes noon Friday 22nd May 2020