Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek launch filmmaking competition for kids during COVID-19 lockdown

As Aotearoa endures the COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown, it's never been a better time get your kids into filmmaking and a new competition is making it all the more enticing to do so.

The new vege garden is planted, the homemade backyard obstacle course has been taken over by the neighbourhood cats, you've walked the kids the length of the Great Wall of China to the street corner and back - and we're not even halfway through lockdown.

Fear not dear desperate parents and caregivers, help is at hand!

The project is the brainchild of Miss Conception Films, the team behind hit film The Breaker Upperers and they've enlisted some top notch local filmmaking faces to throw their weight behind it, including stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek.

The Lock, Load & Film competition is calling for budding young creatives aged 16 or under to make their own short film using available devices in their bubble and the theme is 'Finding our way home'. The focus will be stories which illustrate why home and family are so important and those stories can be documentary, fiction or anything in between.

The competition will be split into different age groups and to help support these young filmmakers throughout the process, a host of industry experts will be offering their advice via short videos and Facebook Live events.

There will be prizes for the winners of each age group, which will be revealed at a later date.

More details including how to enter can be found on the official website.