Digital round-up: Inaugural Charity Film Awards launched

Plus: New animation film from Aardman for Remember A Charity Week and GirlGuiding launches new website

Entries are now open for the inaugural Charity Film Awards, set up to recognise the best films and videos that have been created for or on behalf of registered charities within the UK.

The awards are split into six categories; five are for films under five minutes in length and are based on each charity’s turnover for the latest financial year, and a final category for videos of more than five minutes, including documentaries.

Simon Burton, founder of the Charity Film Awards, said: "In the digital age, charities abilities to create video content and share it to communicate their stories and messages is powerful and essential. Video in all its forms is a crucial part of the modern charity's marketing toolkit. We want to celebrate the very best examples of the art."

Remember A Charity Week 2016 encourages people to consider leaving charitable gifts in their wills. A record number of legacy donors have been reported this year, with more than 37,000 wills including gifts to charity in 2015.

Remember A Charity is also asking the nation to reflect on the wisdom passed between the generations. As part of the campaign, Aardman Animations, creator of Wallace and Gromit, has released a new short film voiced by the Barnsley poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, with contributions from charity supporters across the UK, including Eamonn Holmes and Rufus Hound.

Girlguiding has overhauled its website in the first stage of a "girl-led digital transformation journey" for the charity.

The new device-responsive site consolidates previous sub-sites into one online hub and features examples of the impact guiding has on girls’ lives as well as the impact girls make in their communities and beyond through youth social action. The charity says the website will also act as a platform for girls’ views to be heard on the challenges they face and the change they are making.

Becky Hewitt, communications director at Girlguiding, said: "We want to enable girls to participate in guiding digitally as well as face to face to build on the fantastic opportunities we offer girls to have fun, build their confidence and develop their interests in a safe, girl-only space. Our new site is just the first step."

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