Student film competition – open now!

Nearly every major UK mobile phone company advertises in the Daily Mail, Daily Express or Sun. You have the power to change that. Submit your #StartSpreadingLove film today.

The challenge

Stop Funding Hate wants you to show how the power of mobile phones can be a force for good. They connect us in a way that nothing else can. But right now, every call, text or browse could be funding hate. Please show in under two minutes why you think mobile phone providers should stop advertising in the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Sun and start using their power for good.

The entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts. Film producer Verity Wislocki, creative ad agency Digitas LBI and maker business collective Makerversity – along with the Stop Funding Hate team.

The competition finalists will all be featured on the Stop Funding Hate website and the winner will be released on social media to over 300,000 followers. The winner will also receive three months membership to Makerversity, an NUS prize package and Stop Funding Hate goodies.

The details

Please email your entry to by Friday 12 January 2018. You can do this by linking to your video online or by sharing the file. Please include your name, contact details and which university or college you go to. If you also want to release your video on social media please tag @stopfundinghate – but please note that only entries made by email will be accepted.

You may focus your video on one or more mobile phone companies. And the style of the video is completely up to you – the winner will simply be judged on how the message of Stop Funding Hate is delivered.

If you have any questions about the competition please email


Stop Funding Hate began in August 2016 as an online community concerned about the way some newspapers talk about minority groups in the UK.

This is not a new problem. The UK press is among the least trusted in Europe and the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Sun have all been called out by the United Nations for their divisive and sometimes hateful content. As print readership declines, newspapers are relying more and more on advertising revenue. So as customers of companies who advertise in papers that spread hostility, the money we spend is being used to fund hate.

Stop Funding Hate aims to bring about a fairer and more accurate media by making hate unprofitable. The list of companies that have taken a stand is growing all the time. Lego and the Body Shop were among the first to pull their ads, and many others have since announced that they’re advertising ethically.

Terms and Conditions

  1. All entries must be received by 11.59pm on Friday 12 January UK time (GMT).
  2. Entrants must be in education and aged 16 years or over.
  3. All entries must be emailed to
  4. Films must be two minutes long or less.
  5. Only competition finalists will be published on the Stop Funding Hate website.
  6. Finalists will be notified within one week after the closing date.
  7. You may use the Stop Funding Hate logo in your film, but please note that we will not endorse or publish any material that we deem to be harmful to the campaign or offensive in nature on our website or social media.