Reel Life Data
Are you a filmmaker?
Want to make a short about social issues?
Then we need your help…

ARK, a social policy hub based in Queen’s University and Ulster University, is looking to commission a selection of short films based on our survey data.

In 2013, we collected information about public attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) equality in Northern Ireland. Some of the findings are really interesting. For example, did you know that:

  • Over half of the respondents (56%) felt that more should be done to promote equality for LGB people.
  • Over half (58%) also felt that LGB equality should be taught in schools along with equality for other social groups.
  • Almost one-third of respondents felt that equality for lesbian and gay people had ‘gone too far’.
  • Almost six in ten respondents (59%) believe that marriage between same-sex couples should be legally validated.

We want this research to reach a wide audience, and to do this we want to make some short films. These films can then be shared widely. The completed films will be added to the ARK website and they will also be shareable via social media. We also plan to screen them at a local event in early 2018 with the filmmakers invited to attend and discuss their work.

The challenge is to use this data as the basis for your short (maximum length of 3 minutes) and to present it in an interesting way. It doesn't have to be a documentary; it could be fiction or animation, discussion, vox pop, interviews, music video, game show etc. The more creative the better! 

Films must be a maximum of 3 minutes long. A 600-word brief must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 6 November, which will be reviewed by a short-listing panel.
We are looking to commission 5 separate films and each completed film will receive a £50 voucher. Films can be solo or collaborative efforts. They would make a great addition to showreels. 

Are you interested? Then please read all the information below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The brief - Please note the new dates!
  • A written outline of 600 words (maximum) which describes your idea in detail submitted by Monday 6 November at 5pm
  • Don't forget to include your email contact details and we’ll be in touch to get a copy of your CV and show reel (if applicable).
  • If shortlisted, you will be invited to come in and discuss your idea with the ARK team in the week commencing 13th November
  • Final films must be submitted by Tuesday 2 January 2018 at 5pm
  • Your film must use some of the data from the 2013 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey. You can find tables of results from the survey at and a short report at
  • Submit your written idea to Paula Devine at
Submission criteria

Submissions will be shortlisted on the following criteria:

  • How well the submission responds to the editorial brief
  • The stage of development of the idea and how practically it could be realised
Terms and conditions

1 ARK reserves the right to refuse any submission for any reason at its absolute discretion.

2 Submissions will be shortlisted on the following criteria:

a) How well the submission responds to the editorial brief
b) The stage of development of the idea and how practically it could be realised.

3 Acceptance of these rules is a condition of entry.

4 Submissions must not contain defamatory or obscene material. It must be suitable for posting online by ARK, must be your own work and must not infringe on any other rights.

5 All submissions will be read by a member of the Reel Life Data team. Up to 5 ideas will be shortlisted and invited to prepare a film.

6  ARK reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition or amend these terms and conditions where reasonably necessary. ARK will notify shortlisted candidates of any such cancellation, termination, modification, suspension or amendment.

7  Each completed film will be jointly owned by the filmmaker and by ARK.

8  Submissions are made at your own expense. ARK, Queen's University or Ulster University will not be able to supply technology for the purposes of supporting this competition.

  • Written ideas emailed to Paula Devine by Monday 6 November 2017 at 5pm.
  • Shortlisting to take place on Wednesday 8 November
  • Meeting with ARK team for shortlisted filmmakers week commencing Monday 13 November
  • Chosen projects announced by Friday 24 November
  • Final films to be submitted on Tuesday 2 January 2018 at 5pm
Any questions?

Have you read about the brief, the terms and conditions, submission criteria and deadlines?

If you still have a question, please contact Paula Devine at


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