The Moving Image Competition is now closed.

Judging has finished and the winners will be announced soon. Thank you.


The 21st National Open Art Competition is now closed for Registration and Entries after the EXTENDED deadline of 23 July 2017.


If you’re not ready to register yet, why not sign up for NOA News here to keep in touch.




Who can enter?

How do I enter?

How much does it cost?

What are the deadlines?

What's Moving Image about?

What are the terms and conditions?

What about copyright?

I’ve got my film, what do I do now?

How is the judging done?

I’m having problems registering, who do I contact?

How many moving image works will be shown in the exhibition?



Who can enter?


Must live, or be professionally based, in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Éire). This must be for the entire duration of the film competition.


Moving Image submissions can come from both amateurs and professionals of all ages.


To enter for the main competition, must be 15 years of age by 1 September 2017; to enter for the Children’s Competition, must be 14 years of age or younger on 1 September 2017.

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How do I enter?




After clicking on “Enter Here” and "Register" you will be asked to enter your date of birth. This will then take you to the registration form appropriate for your age (over or under 15).


Register by completing the Registration Form (including choosing a username and password) after checking the Conditions of Entry.




Login using your Username and Password from your previous entry. If you have forgotten either of them, press the 'click here' button on the registration page, which will generate an email reminder.



In either case you can submit your films now or at a later date if necessary, up to the close of registration.

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How much does it cost?


Registration for the adult competition costs £20, which includes your first submission. You may enter up to three more submissions at a cost of £20 each.


Artists who are under 24 as of 1 September 2017 and over 14 as of the same date, will pay a standard rate of £12 for registration and submissions.


Registration for the Children’s Competition costs £5, which includes your first submission. Children may enter up to two more submissions at a cost of £5 each.

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What are the deadlines?


Registration for NOA17 starts on 1 March 2017 and ends at midnight on the extended deadline of 23 July 2017. All entries must be received prior to this date in order to be considered.

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What’s Moving Image about?




With the dominance film is taking in the art world the National Open Art Competition is excited, for a third year, to invite entries in the form of Moving Image


The competition is open to short films of all production techniques, including documentary, drama, animation, experimental or artist film.  Entries can be of any subject and must be no longer than three minutes in length including front titles (no credits please, please submit a separate CV).  All work must comply with NOA's full terms and conditions and needs to be uploaded by the deadline.


Exhibition of Moving Images

For Moving Image, one prize-winner and five Highly Commended works are selected to be displayed at the exhibition. Other works will be selected for display on our online Moving Image Gallery.

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Films must be in English or subtitled in English.


Films must comply with OFCOM’s Broadcasting Code and must be suitable for transmission before 9pm.


Entrants must be the director or producer of the film being entered.


Employees of NOA and their immediate families or those living in the same household of each such employee are not eligible to enter this competition.


Films entered must be U or PG rated


Films can be no longer than three minutes in length including titles (no credits, please submit a separate cv).


Entrants must create a short film on any theme.


NOA reserves the right to refuse any entry in its sole discretion. No entry may contain unlawful, obscene or objectionable material. NOA also reserves the right at any time during the competition to remove or disqualify any film when it believes in its sole discretion that the entrant has: (i) infringed any third party's copyright; (ii) does not comply with these Terms and Conditions; (iii) failed to obtain the necessary consents as set out in these terms and conditions.

The film may not contain libellous, sexually explicit, disparaging or other inappropriate content.


No film containing advertising material (e.g. to promote a product or service) will be accepted.


The competition is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work.


Artists may enter a maximum or four entries to the competition, comprising any combination of art and moving image.




The entrant must be the original creator of the film and must have obtained the necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the film. The film must not infringe the rights of privacy and publicity, copyright, trademarks or intellectual property rights of any person or organisation.


If the entrant uses any material or elements in the film which is subject to the rights of a third party the entrant must obtain, prior to submission of the film, the necessary consents from such party to enable NOA to use and showcase the film. Such consent(s) shall be at the expense of the entrant. A non-exhaustive list of such material or elements include: name, voice and likeness of any person appearing in the film, location shot e.g. specific building, any props and set dressings and any audio and/or audio-visual material which the entrant does not own.


Films must comply with CAP (non broadcast) Code.


If any actor appearing in the film is a minor, the entrant shall obtain the necessary consent from the minor's parent or legal guardian.


Entrants agree that NOA may, by entering this competition:


A: Use their names, likenesses, photographs, voices, sounds and/or biographical information and films for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without additional compensation.


B: Showcase their films on NOA’s website and any other media (including social media) in connection with the Competition.


NOA shall not be liable for:


A: Any claims, costs, liabilities, damages, expenses and losses arising out of NOA's use of the film.


B: Technical failures of any kind including but not limited to problems or delays arising from software or equipment malfunctions or computer viruses.


C: Any events outside NOA's reasonable control. Nothing in this clause shall be construed to exclude or limit NOA's liability for death or personal injury caused by negligence or any other liability which by law cannot be excluded or limited.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the Parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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What do I do?


Make a short film no longer than 3 minutes (180 seconds) in length.


Upload your short film to YouTube or Vimeo. If you are unable to do this, please contact Anne who will be able to assist you.


You must register for NOA in the normal manner, here.


Complete the online submission form on our website via your login and Artists’ Page.


Submit your entry by logging in. You will need the following information:


The URL of your online image, e.g. from Vimeo or YouTube.

The type of film, e.g. Animation.

The length in seconds (maximum 180).

Artists statement of MAX 30 words for each work. Please note that the statement must be about the work and should not include any personal details.


NOTE: Once you have registered or submitted, if you have made a mistake you cannot make any changes to the details. Please contact Anne if you need changes made, giving the details.

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How is the Judging Done?


Professionals from the film and media industries, who will comprise the Moving Image judging panel, will judge entries by viewing them online.


The film judged to be the best will win the Moving Image competition.


The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.


For Moving Image, one prizewinner and five Highly Commended works are selected to be displayed at the exhibition. Other works will be selected for display on our online Moving Image Gallery.


The winner and those Highly Commended will be informed by email early in September 2016.

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I’m having problems registering, who do I contact?



For all enquiries please call Amanda Kings on 07986 697 693, or email Amanda.

For any technical problems, please contact Anne.

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Page updated 28 January 2016

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