Up for a challenge?

Matchbox 2021 has now closed.


submit your entry to WIN 1 of 3 awesome prize packs

Register below & upload your entry to Instagram by the 9th August for your chance to win!


For your entry to count, you must register to compete in the Matchbox challenge using the form below.
Once your film is complete, upload your entry to Instagram and hashtag

The winners will be announced at our live awards night in Plus X Innovation Hub on 26th August.


Let us be the judge

Unique use of square format

How creative have you been with the format and how have you integrated that within your narrative?

interpretation of theme

How well have you interpreted the theme “end as it begins” and explored it within the film?


Is the content original- Have we ever seen something like this before?

production values

All elements from the concept (e.g. Scripting, Narrative, Concept) Production (e.g. Camera, Makeup, Costume, Casting) and Post-production (e.g. Sound Design, Editing). 


people watching a film

YOU’RE INVITED to join us at the Matchbox Film Awards Evening on the 26th August at Plus X, Brighton!

We’ll be screening the top ten shortlisted films live on the big screen in front of our expert judging panel, who’ll be taking a deep dive into how each film hit the specialist criteria.

Plus – prize giving, industry insight and networking, as we award the Bronze, Silver and Gold winners and chat all things film and creativity during the judges Q+A

Frequently asked

You must be aged between 16-23 on 01/09/21 to enter.

You must upload your film to Instagram by midnight on Monday 9th August using the hashtag #matchbox21 in the description. All accounts must be set to public. If you are unable to upload to Instagram, please send us an email at [email protected] so we can provide you with alternate submission arrangements.

Yes you can, as long as it fits the brief (End as it begins). 

60 Seconds on the nose.

No, it should be 60 seconds exactly, including any opening or closing credits you choose to include. 

Winners will be announced at our awards night on 26th August at Plus X Innovation Hub in Brighton. It will also be streamed live for anyone who will be unable to attend. Further details will be announced closer to the event. 

Yes, but entries should be submitted on behalf of one individual. Prizes will only be awarded to the person submitting the film. 

Yes you can, but please make them aware of your entry to Matchbox.

Yes, as long as each film is distinctly different. 

No, all submissions will be final and you will be judged on your first upload (unless there is a valid reason why this version should not be accepted). Please double check that you are uploading the correct version of your edit before submitting. 

Yes it can, but please include English subtitles. 



Register to compete in the Matchbox challenge using the form below. Then upload your entry to Instagram using the hashtag #matchbox21 – and make sure your profile is set to public so we can see it! 

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