Project SHOUT University Challenge is Back for 2018

Project SHOUT is a national campaign first launched in September 2015, to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and show the real importance of installing a carbon monoxide alarm. Every year in the UK, over 200 people are hospitalised with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, leading to approximately one death a week.

As the campaign enters its third year we are asking film students across the UK to help us further raise awareness of this deadly gas.

This competition gives you the opportunity to follow a real brief, see your video on the big screen and mingle with industry experts.

Project SHOUT challenges you to produce a short film, no longer than 2 minutes long, to raise awareness of carbon monoxide.

Bradley Shaw from Leeds Beckett University

Why did you get involved?

Project SHOUT provided an interesting competition brief, which really stood out to me. I knew that taking part in the competition would test my creativity and give me an insight into the world of filmmaking. I wanted to utilise this opportunity to show off my originality and have the chance to showcase my work.

I had never come across Project SHOUT previously so when I found out the reasons behind the campaign I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I felt passionately about the campaign and raising the awareness of carbon monoxide and how dangerous it can be. Staying at University and living in student accommodation it became apparent to me there are many hazards surrounding us all and peace of mind can come in the form of a small alarm. I wanted to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide in a simple, short, sharp message that students would be able to identify easily with.

What do you think of the work carried out by Project SHOUT?

Project SHOUT is an excellent campaign that raises awareness of carbon monoxide providing people with the knowledge of the ‘silent killer’. Taking part in the competition has shown me the dangers that are within our homes and can be easily prevented. I now have a carbon monoxide alarm in my own home, my girlfriend’s home and my family home. I also take one with me whenever I travel, which keeps me at ease knowing my family and I will be protected.

What advice would you give to students thinking of taking part in the competition?

Yes, take part! Research is key and a good video is the aftermath of good planning. Draw influences from anywhere and everywhere and do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone to create something different.

What have you done since Project SHOUT?

After winning the competition and receiving my award, I went on to set up my own business. I invested all of my prize money into new camera equipment and set up my webpage, which can be found here:

I have entered a few more video competitions and always keep my eyes peeled for an exciting competition brief to get involved with. Since purchasing new equipment I have been able to take on more jobs, which has helped me financially but has put me in a better position when I leave University. I am so grateful to Project SHOUT, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today if it wasn’t for the campaign. Thank you, Project SHOUT!

Competition Key Dates

Closing date for entries

7th May 2018

Public vote

14th May 2018 – 29th June 2018

Judges vote

Mid August

Award ceremony in London

6th September 2018

University Challenge FAQ's

We don’t want to limit your creativity but we are looking for videos that are around two minutes long.

To submit your video, you must upload and host your creation through your personal YouTube account then submit the link to us through the online portal by the submission deadline.

The panel will be made up of industry professionals and those with associations with carbon monoxide awareness.

If you have been shortlisted we will contact you via email after the 29th June and will explain the next steps.

Yes definitely, we actively encourage you to use social media to increase the number of views for your video.

Of course, this website will help you make sure you have everything you need. If you have any questions or queries please feel free to drop us an email.

We may use your video for marketing purposes but will ask your permission before doing this, we are also happy for you to include it in your own film reel.

We are sending carbon monoxide alarms out to our partnering Universities so your course leaders should have some to hand out, if you are still having problems getting hold of one feel free to email us and we will get one out to you.

We will accept entries from both teams and individual groups, however there will only be one prize per group.