Wednesday 15 April 2015 - 00:00

A World History Perspective

‘Involvement and suffering in the First World War were global, going far beyond the Western Front, and many people around the world grapple with the legacy of both the conflict and the peace that followed it to this day. We should therefore remember the world as well as the war; all those involved, all the contributions, all the experiences. All the trauma, and the lasting legacy.’

Remember the World as well as the War – British Council

 The Victoria Cross was - and remains to the present day - the highest British military award for gallantry, awarded for "most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour, self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy".
70 Canadian servicemen were awarded the Victoria Cross during The Great War.
The decoration is in the form of a bronze cross patée bearing the royal crest and the words "For Valour."

 British High Commission and the British Council invite you to participate in a competition that seeks to pay homage to the valiant contributions of the World War I recipients of this prestigious award using the moving image to chronicle your stories.


We want to see your depiction of the inspiring stories behind the medal and/or its recipients using visuals instead of words. Submit an original short film or animation that

-    relates a story of a Victoria Cross recipient or
-    of the Victoria Cross medal

The story can be about a Victoria Cross recipient narrating the heroic feats that awarded them this honor. It can also be an interpretation of the Victoria Cross medal, its history and significance with a focus on WW1.

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Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to all Canadian residents18 years of age or above.
  2. The closing date for receipt of all entries is 30 April, 2015.
  3. By entering the Competition, the submitting contestant agrees to allow the British Council to reuse their entries in any promotional materials for a period of up to three years after entering the contest.
  4. Each contestant can enter a maximum of one entry for this competition.
  5. The contestant submitting the film for the competition will be the person selected as the winner. Therefore the prize cannot be automatically transferred to a colleague or a collaborator.
  6. The maximum duration of the film or animation should be 4 minutes.
  7. Upload your video submission to YouTube or Vimeo, and then send the link to
  8. Judging Criteria:

            a.Creativity and Originality of the concept
            b.Relevance and Focus on the topic
            c.Overall Quality

  9. The prize includes a trip to London: 2-day visit to a reputable Film institution, 1-day visit to the British Council offices in London and 2 days for leisure.
  10. The winning entry will be announced via email in May 2015.
  11. The trip will be scheduled for June 2015.