SharpFutures & BBC Academy presents


As part of the Digital Cities Virtual programme for November, SharpFutures are collaborating with BBC Academy to present a unique online showcase & feedback session for documentary film makers of all abilities.

The ‘Inside 45’ showcase takes place online at 3pm on Thursday November 26th.

If you are interested in getting involved:

  • Sign up and take part in the BBC Academy ‘film making on your Smartphone workshops about filming, editing and streaming that take place each day of Digital Cities.
  • For the BBC Academy Editing Workshop, click here.
  • Pick one of the briefs below and create a short film, no longer than 45 seconds, on you mobile phone.
  • You’ll only have a short time to make your documentary film – a quick turnaround is part of the challenge.
  • Submit your short film via this link
  • We will pick a selection of the films for feedback from the BBC and other industry experts and invite the filmmakers to take part in the session.
  • If you would just like to watch the showcase and feedback session we’ll be streaming it – register here to be sent the link (we’ll also stream it on this page)


‘Inside45’ is an event created and delivered by members of the SharpFutures Digital Production Management Course on behalf of SharpFutures and BBC Academy for Digital Cities Virtual.

Inside45 Team
Producer – Mikey McCusker
Production Coordinator – Deanna Turnbull
Production Manager – Jamie Byron
Researchers/Runners – Sophie Bisson and Mike Dunbar

45 Second Film Briefs

You have a choice of two briefs to make your short film to. Each will be discussed in the BBC Academy film making workshops over the 3 days of Digital Cities Virtual.

Brief One: ‘Extra-Ordinary Tours’

Take us on a tour of your community / where you live.
Showcase places of interest, discuss personal memories or uncover the hidden histories in your local area.

During recent times have you wandered and wondered about your local area? You don’t have to walk far to see a story on every street corner, in the park, woods or even on your walk to the shops.

Create a 45 second film in which you could unearth the past, explore your connections to the local area or discover places new to you.

Tell us your story Inside45 seconds!

Brief Two: ‘Time In Our Hands’

Tell us the interesting or inventive ways you spent lockdown. How did you learn new skills, keep up with activities or stay sane and active?

It might be you made a home gym on the kitchen table with bags of flour for weights, picked up a pencil for the first time to get your creative ideas down on paper, became a master chef or even started learning an instrument. It could even be the time you spent with your household pet…

Tell us your story Inside45 seconds!

Brief Example

Additional information

Filming Advice:

Wear a mask and remember – Hands, Face, Space. Make sure you have permission for all images and sounds used in your short film. Here are some suggested websites with free, ready-to-use images and sounds:

For information on copyright and Creative Commons licensing, please click here

Additional links:

For further information, please contact


BBC Digital Cities Virtual is a completely online event where top UK media organisations deliver a varied schedule of amazing events for people who work in, or want to work in, the creative industries.

SharpFutures is a social enterprise that supports diverse talent into employment in the creative digital and tech sectors.

Submission will not be possible until BBC Digital Cities Virtual begins. You can submit your film from Monday 23rd November until 5pm Wednesday 25th November.

 If you submit a film, you will be sent an email including a zoom link to the event. Otherwise you can watch on SharpFutures Facebook live.

 Yes, just contact @SharpFutures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Inside45.

The training and feedback sessions both take place during the day and we don’t want to encourage those in full time education to skip school.

All movie files submitted to Inside45 must preferably be in MP4 format. If your movie file does not upload to the submission form (i.e. .mov, .vlc, etc.), please use this free conversion tool to convert your file to MP4 or equivalent.

5pm Wednesday 25th November.

No, only submissions that fit the brief are eligible for feedback. If your film is slightly over/under that’s fine but we won’t be able to feedback on a film that last for 5 minutes. 

The submission of a film does not guarantee feedback, but if your film is selected and you’re unable to attend the session please dont worry, as the session will be recorded and will be available for playback.

We anticipate plenty of entries into this exciting session, so it may not be possible to give feedback on every film submitted due to time constraints.
Yes, but please make sure that you have obtained permission for all images and sounds used in your short film. Please refer to our website for suggested resources with access to free ready-to-use images and sounds.

We encourage all participants regardless of their skill base to show off their creativity with their films, but please ensure that your film both adheres to one of the two briefs and the filming advice outlined on the website.