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Wildlife sound short film competition



If you are a budding filmmaker, animator or photographer, the British Library together with IdeasTap have created the perfect competition for you. 

Take this opportunity to make your own short film, animation or photostory using our unique sound recordings as a starting point.

All is not what it seems in the world of wildlife sounds, for example:

  • a haddock under water sounds like a snare drum
  • an American bullfrog sounds like vibrating wires
  • bats sound like human beatboxers.


Unlike with other film competitions, your starting point is sound.

We want you to use your imagination: you can play with the sounds, speed them up, slow them down, layer them with other sounds and make them your own. Try not to go for the obvious, what images do the sounds conjure?

The first stage of the competition is to come up with a concept for your short film.

A shortlist of ten entries will each receive £500 to create their film. The winner will receive £1,000, a public screening at our Spring Festival in March and importantly publicity! 

Good luck!

To enter the competition and for more information you can visit our creative industries blog

Success stories

Semhal Zemikael and Natasha Faith

Semhal Zemikael and Natasha Faith are the creators of La Diosa, a luxury jewellery brand.

See our success stories


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Contact us

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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