Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds has pledged his support for the Bank of England’s school film competition Bank, Camera, Action and has encouraged students in Torfaen to enter.

The Bank of England’s new film competition is open to all secondary school students aged 11 to 16 in the UK. To enter, students need to produce a short film on this year’s topic: A day in the life of The New Fiver. This could involve anything including dance, music, poetry, animation, graphics, cartoons and interviews.

The new £5 note launched on 13th September 2016 and is printed on polymer- a thin, flexible plastic. The note is about 15% smaller than the current £5 note and commemorates former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Bank of England have printed 440 million new fivers with a value or £2.2. billion.

These polymer notes are better for the environment because they last longer, meaning the Bank of England needs to print fewer notes. This means less energy is used in manufacturing and cash transportation. When a polymer note has reached the end of its life it will be recycled into new plastic products.
The film will need to be between one and three minutes long and it will be judged on how imaginatively it communicates the chosen topic. Students can shoot the film on a smartphone, tablet or video camera. Schools can enter multiple teams of a maximum of 5 students per team, but there’s no limit as to how many people can appear in the film.

All entrants must pre-register using the form on the Bank of England website by Monday 10th October.
Mr Thomas-Symonds said, ‘This is a creative opportunity for students in Torfaen to celebrate the release of the new £5 note. This new polymer note is cleaner, safer and stronger than before and I am pleased young people will have the chance to learn more about it.’

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