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Events

Events for December

Are you a storyteller that can make a great short film about the Nativity? There's a competition for you that is now open for entries. Run by ITN, with support from Jerusalem Productions, The Nativity Factor is looking for short films that give the most creative interpretation in three minutes or less of the story of the Nativity.

To enter, groups or individuals need to script, produce and submit their own film, with entries judged on creativity, style and story. From traditional storytelling to off-the-wall interpretations, The Nativity Factor welcomes all comers with the strapline 'One story. Thousands of storytellers'. To inspire entrants to think as creatively as possible, a special animated short by YouTube star Weebl has been commissioned, which re-tells the Christmas story in a clever and humorous way; to see Weebls' Christmas, visit http://bit.ly/wblnf.
But be quick! Budding film-makers need to submit videos before December 5 via www.thenativityfactor.com, with films then uploaded by ITN Productions to its dedicated youtube Nativity Factor channel. There are two categories - a youth category for under-16s and an adult category. 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. Both will get to spend a day with film-making experts at ITN.

More information about The Nativity Factor and how to enter can be found at http://thenativityfactor.com. Alternatively see www.facebook.com/thenativityfactor or follow @NativityFactor on Twitter.

Still time - just - to get yourself down to a new Greenbelt initiative in the spirit of Advent. Adventurous, a new one-day festival of ideas, artistry, spoken word and live music will look at 'How we got to where we are, and how we might move towards a new place - all through three prisms: faith, the ecology and the economy'.

The event will take place at Islington's Union Chapel (left), drawing on a number of creative partners, each with an interest in conspiring hopefully towards a better tomorrow. It will take place on December 1.

Contributors will include Mike Frost, Ann Pettifor, Ann Morisy, Abdul Rehman Malik and Ruth Valerio. Evening entertainment will be provided by Harry Baker, Iain Archer and Hope & Social. Tickets cost £32 for a combined day/evening ticket. See adventurous.me.uk.