The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has teamed up with Sheffield Doc/Fest to launch a short film competition which aims to explore the effects of information technology in the UK.

The competition - Digital Revolutions - will be split into amateur and professional categories, with the winning amateur film-maker picking up $15,000 (£10,000), whilst the winning professional film-maker will receive $7,500 (£5000).

Film-makers are being invited to submit their short films, of no more than three minutes, which should reflect the world they live in and how information technology impacts it.

Entrants will also get the chance to take part in a series of workshops as part of the Crossover programme, a series of labs which explore the creative and the commercial challenges of developing content and services for digital media.

The closing date for submissions is Oct 15, 2010, with the winners being announced at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which takes place from November 3-7.

Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest Heather Croall said: “This unique competition will explore the effects of the digital revolution on the lives of people in the UK. We want filmmakers to use their creativity to show how information and information technology has affected every aspect of their lives, including in the areas of safety, health, citizenship, communication, culture, the environment, commerce and work.

She added: “We’ll also be looking at how social media has been used to promote the films. While it’s never been easier to produce and share content, getting it seen and building up some momentum behind it is a challenge when so much material is out there.”