established Sharp Shotz in 2007 in partnership with a team of 4 young people from St Pauls, George Francis (a youth worker and social entrepreneur), Aardman Animations and the University of the West of England. The partnership proved to be highly successful in establishing Sharp Shotz in Bristol and beyond.

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 and the North Somerset Community Partnership who sponsor 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. Two powerfiul campaigns were created by pupils from Broadoak and Fairfield Schools focused on Exam Stress and Child abuse.

This year we have a new Partners including the Watershed, RIFE Magazine and our first Partner School - Fairfield High School, Bristol.

Sharp Shotz aims to:


Over the past 9 years Sharp Shotz has engaged over 950 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