About Us

IDEAL and the University of the West of England relaunched Sharp Shotz in 2013 after a year gap with the new format of using the combined mediums of documentary and animation within the films, and new partners in the form of the BBC, UWE’s film department and the North Somerset Community Partnership who sponsored the competition.

In 2015 we continued the competition's development creating Sharp Shotz Campaigns, further challenging young people to take a lead in creating change through the development and delivery of a campaign utilising a short film created by the teams. Two powerful campaigns were created by pupils from Broadoak and Fairfield Schools focused on Exam Stress and Child abuse.


Our Mission

Sharp Shotz is dedicated to:

    • Enable young people to reach their full potential
    • Breakdown the barriers to learning and work opportunities that prevent young people from succeeding
    • Provide young people with opportunities to work on projects that target problems they face today
    • Establish projects which are innovative and rewarding to work on, building self-confidence and the will to succeed
    • To work with partners from all sectors of the community in the achievement of these aims.


9 Years, 950 young people

Over the past 9 years Sharp Shotz has engaged over 1500 young people from secondary schools, pupil referral units, and youth groups. It has run the animation competition with Aardman Animations and the University of the West of England as the founding partners, Sharp Shotz Unsigned music competition with Real World Studios, debates at Bristol City Council, and events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Encounters film festival.

Our Partners

We believe that it is only through working with a diverse range of partners from all sectors of the community that real change can be made and sustained. We have been highly fortunate in the relationships that we have formed over the years and the new ones we are creating now. This year we are happy to announce the following Sharp Shotz Partners:

Delivery Partners

Partner Schools

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