Did you know that the first Puffin books were published in 1940? Since then millions of children have grown-up dreaming of flying snowmen, chocolate rivers and borrowers under the kitchen table. Over the years Puffins have inspired re-imaginings across stage and screen. So to celebrate our biggest birthday yet we've launched a competition with , Into Film to inspire today's young storytellers!
The winning entry will be turned into a real film and premiered in your local cinema during the Into Film Festival in November 2020 with a special screening for the whole class. The winner will also get 80 Puffin books for their school! 10 runner-ups also get lucky Puffin goody-bags filled with books.
The competition is open to children aged 12 and under. Download the story board template and follow these steps to enter ...
Get your pupils thinking about their biggest dreams – they could be based on their own personal goals, be totally extraordinary or even be inspired by their favourite Puffin book . . .
Explain that a storyboard is like a comic strip that tells the director what's happening in the film. Play this brilliant video created by Into Film to show them how it works.
Use the story board boxes to think about the beginning, middle and end of the dream. Challenge them to think about where their dream is taking place and what might happen. They don't have to use all the boxes - the judges will be looking for ideas with lots of imagination.
Send in their entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with Big Dream in the subject line or post to Big Dreams on Screen, Penguin, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL. Competition closes 3 August. Make sure you include all names and contact details so that we can get in contact if your pupil's storyboard is selected. Full terms and conditions.
If you're looking for more film related resources then head over to the Into Film website. Into Film give every child in the UK age 5 - 19 the chance to experience film creativity. Their programme includes a network of extra curricular Into Film clubs, resources to use in film clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities and the Into Film festival which happens across cinemas in November.
This year you can see lots of Puffin books brought to life on the big screen, including Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit, Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, Jacqueline Wilson’s Four Children and It and Roald Dahl's The Witches. Stay tuned for more resources coming soon and good luck!