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Can you re-tell the world’s favourite story in a new and creative way? Excited to reach an audience of thousands? Want to win £5,000? If so, then the Nativity Factor is the competition for you!

Run by ITN Productions, with support from Jerusalem Productions, The Nativity Factor is your chance to win up to £5,000 by re-telling the story of the Nativity as creatively as possible in three minutes or less. You don’t need to be an expert film-maker to take part – all you need is a camera and an idea!

To enter, groups or individuals need to script, produce and submit their own film, with entries judged on creativity, style and story.

This year’s expert judging panel will include Julie Etchingham, presenter of ITV News at Ten, last year’s competition winner ‘beatboxing vicar’ Gavin Tyte and Debbie Isitt, director of The Nativity and the forthcoming The Nativity 2, starring David Tennant, who says:

“I am absolutely delighted to be a judge on this year’s Nativity Factor. Watching the films is going to be terrific fun for me, especially as the Nativity really is the greatest story ever told!”

Last year’s adult competition was won by Gavin Tyte, Devon’s own ‘beatboxing vicar,’ whose winning entry The Beatbox Nativity achieved nationwide acclaim:

“After winning the Nativity Factor things went ballistic!  The Beatbox Nativity was featured in just about every national newspaper, on national TV and radio, and over the Internet. It was humbling to get emails and messages from people across the globe who showed the video in churches, youth groups and prisons.”

There are two categories – a youth category for under-16s and an adult category. The judges will select the winning video from both categories – with the adult winner receiving £5,000 and the winner of the under-16s getting £1,000, and both getting to spend a day with film-making experts at ITN, as well as having their winning videos promoted online and on television and radio.

Entries must be submitted before 5th December via www.thenativityfactor.com, with films then uploaded by ITN Productions to its dedicated YouTube Nativity Factor channel at http://youtube.com/thechristmaschannel (where you can see all of last year’s entries, as well as ITN Productions-produced inspiration videos) and promoted on social media at facebook.com/thenativityfactor and via @NativityFactor on Twitter.

Last year’s winning films were Gavin Tyte’s The Beatbox Nativity and The Nativity Story from Yesterday’s Jam, a teenage band from Roseland Community College in Cornwall. See the films below…

More information about The Nativity Factor and how to enter can be found at http://thenativityfactor.com, and Gavin Tyte has also recorded a short promo video explaining the rules in his own inimitable style, which can be seen at http://bit.ly/natf2012.

ITN have also commissioned YouTube animator Weebl to produce his own take on the Nativity, which can be seen at http://bit.ly/wblnf

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