You have under 2 minutes to persuade your friend not to try smoking. It’s that simple.

the ULTIMATE film competition

This is an anti-tobacco and anti-smoking film competition. But it’s also more than that.


It’s young people giving us and their mates their own views on smoking. It is their creativity, their talent and their imagination.


This is one of the biggest youth film competitions in the UK.


Are you under 25? Do you have what it takes to get your film on the big screen?

See all of our 2017 Cut Films winners here>>

National Cut Films Criteria







National Cut Films Competition 2018 - The Dates

closing date

fri 18 MAY


Voting starts

Sat 19 MAY

Voting Closes

Fri 1 June

National Awards


Meet your 2018 National judges

Paula Chadwick

Paula Chadwick

CEO of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Paula started as a volunteer at the charity in 1996 and worked her way up to CEO. This is her third time judging the competition and she believes Cut Films can help to prevent the next generation of lung cancer patients.

Sally Adams

Sally Adams

Lecturer in Health Psychology, Bath University

Sally’s interests are in the psychopharmacology of alcohol and tobacco use; specifically in the interested in the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms that underpin addictive behaviours. Her current research reflects her interests in health behaviours and initiating behavioural change through targeting implicit cognitions.

Stella Scott

Stella Scott


Stella graduated Central Saint Martins with a 1st and specialised in design for film and theatre. Her directorial debut ’Finding Sol’ was commissioned by Film London, nominated by the Best of Boroughs award and went on to be screened across the festival circuit. Her most recent short ’Street Angel’ was commissioned by Dazed Digital and became a Vimeo staff pick. She works as a freelance filmmaker directing, shooting and editing editorial, promotional and short film format content for clients including the National Theatre, UMI (adidas, Ralph Lauren, HOSB, Tate) and LFW.

Zaynab Akhtar

Zaynab Akhtar

Student at Ravensbourne

Zaynab is a Digital Film Production student at Ravensbourne University, specialising in Producing. Back in 2015 Zaynab worked with Cut Films as part of her work experience programme. In 2017, she facilitated the Film Professionals Q&A at the National Cut Films Awards held at Curzon Soho.

Sarmad Masud

Sarmad Masud


Sam is a 2017 Screen International Star of Tomorrow. His first feature My Pure Land, is set and filmed in Pakistan and based on the extraordinary true story of one woman and her family who defended their home and land from 200 bandits. It premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is the UK submission to the Oscars in the Foreign Language category. Previously Sam’s short film; Two Dosas, funded by Film London was voted best film in their London Calling Plus category by David Yates and then went on to pick up numerous awards on the festival circuit; winning at London Short Film Festival, Aspen shortsfest, River to River in Florence and Shufflefest voted by Danny Boyle. Sam also wrote and directed Adha Cup which was the first Urdu language drama commissioned by Channel Four, going on to develop it as a six part TV series with the BBC.

Harry Sumnall

Harry Sumnall


Harry is a Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. He is interested in all aspects of substance use, particularly young people’s health issues.

"We want to make a difference to all ages and help them realise it is not cool or fashionable to smoke, as you are not just affecting yourself."

Maddi Galloway, student at Harris Academy