Awards and Prizes
MyState recognises the huge importance of recognising and rewarding the participants in the Festival who have dedicated so much time, energy and creativity to their film projects. This year’s total prize pool of over $13,000 in cash and prizes represents the largest award offering presented by the MyState Student Film Festival in its 15-year history.
The Award will go to the overall best film presented in each category.
- Junior Category (Kindergarten to Year 4)
- Intermediate Category (Year 5 to Year 8)
- High School Category (Year 9 to Year 10)
- Post Year 10-University Category
The Premier’s Award
The Premier of Tasmania personally judges and award a film that he considers the most inspiring and thought-provoking film of the Festival.
The MyState Award
To the best film awarded to the overall best film of the year.
Major Awards Categories
Best Use of Feature Item
Phone. So many interpretations are possible for this year’s feature item. So, our judges will recognise the most ingenious, unexpected, creative or clever way the feature item is represented in this year’s films.
*Films in the Junior, Intermediate and High School categories are eligible for this award.
Best Sound Design
Film sound is a critical element of every film—whether it’s capturing an actor’s voice, designing an inspiring musical score, creating ingenious sound effects or wrangling background noise. In fact, sound is so important in film that we’ll be awarding a prize for the best sound design.
All great films begin with a great story. The art of screenwriting is central to filmmaking and so we’ll be awarding a prize to this year’s best original short film screenplay.
It can be said that there is no story more fascinating than real life, so budding documentarians will have the chance to show us how it’s done!
Animated films are one of the most popular film genres in the world, and our filmmakers will have the chance to flex their creative muscles and produce an award-winning animated short film.
Best Music Video
No longer just four people singing into a camera, the music video is now a compelling art form in its own right—and perfectly suited to a short format film!
A filmmaker’s technical knowledge and skills will set their film apart from the competition. The film judged to have the greatest technical achievement in the Festival will take home this coveted award.
Jonathan Dawson Most Promising Filmmaker
In memory of one of the Festival’s most well-respected and endearing judges, Jonathan Dawson, this award recognises the filmmaker that demonstrates great potential in filmmaking.
Outstanding Teacher Support
A special award is also being introduced this year for the first time. The Outstanding Teacher Contribution will award a cash prize to one hard working teacher who is judged to have provided exceptional support to their students during the filmmaking process.
People’s Choice Award
Let the people decide! This award will be presented to the film that receives the highest number of online votes from the public.
Most Engaging Talent
Lights, Camera …. But what about the action? Recognising this important talent, we award the actor who gives the most engaging and overall best performance on screen.