You can see the list of prizes and prize money for each award at the bottom of the page.

2019 Awards Categories:

Tasmanian Awards

The following award categories are open only to Tasmanian entrants.

Best Film - Age Group Winners

These Awards will go to the overall best film presented in each age-group 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

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 in each age-group 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

Best Screenplay

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.

Best Animation

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 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.

Best Original Song

Writing a song for a movie can catapult a person into the stratosphere! Think “Let it Go” from Frozen! This award recognises and showcases students’ song writing talents.

Best Original Score

Music composers… here’s your chance to shine. Music scores enhance the scenes of a movie - imagine Star Wars without the dramatic music behind it – or the movie Up, which used music to bring out the emotion of the film.

Best Documentary

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!

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!

Technical Achievement

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.

Best Use of Feature Item

KEY. 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.

People's Choice Award

Let the people decide! This award will be presented to the Tasmanian film that receives the highest number of online votes from the public.

The Premier's Award

The Premier of Tasmania personally judges and awards a film that he considers the most inspiring and thought-provoking film of the Festival.

Outstanding Teacher Support

The Outstanding Teacher Support 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.

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.

Regional Awards

Filmmakers entering from NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, WA, NT & ACT are eligible for these major awards.

Best Film - Age Group Winners

These Awards will go to the overall best film presented in each age-group 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

People's Choice Award

Let the people decide! This award will be presented to the regional film that receives the highest number of online votes from the public.



2019 Prizes - Tasmanian Entrants

Award Category:Prize:Sponsor:
Best Film - Junior$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - Intermediate$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - High School$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - Post Year 10$1,000MyState Bank
Best Use of Feature Item$250MyState Bank
Best AnimationBlue Rocket Workshop (Valued at $1,000)Blue Rocket
Best Sound DesignMicrophone kit (Valued at $400)RODE Microphones
Best Original Score$500 APRA AMCOS
Best Original Song$500APRA AMCOS
Best Music Video$500 APRA AMCOS
Best Documentary$500MyState Bank
Technical AchievementEquipment Hire (Valued at $750) Wide Angle Tasmania
Jonathan Dawson Most Promising FilmmakerAFTRS Course (Valued at $600) + $500AFTRS
MyState Bank
Outstanding Teacher Support$250MyState Bank
People’s Choice Award$500hit100.9 Hobart
Premier’s Award$2,000Tasmanian Government
Most engaging talent - Junior Cooper Screen Tuition (Valued at $250) Cooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - Intermediate Cooper Screen Tuition (Valued at $250) Cooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - High School Cooper Screen Tuition (Valued at $250) Cooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - Post Year 10 Cooper Screen Tuition (Valued at $250) Cooper Screen Academy

2019 Prizes - Regional Entrants

Award Category:Prize:Sponsor:
Best Film - Junior$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - Intermediate$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - High School$1,000MyState Bank
Best Film - Post Year 10$1,000MyState Bank
People’s Choice Award$500MyState Bank