The Festival opens on Wednesday 31st July 2019 and entries close on Sunday 27th October 2019 (11:59pm).


Filmmakers must be currently enrolled as a student at an accredited educational institution at the time of film submission. Teacher, parent and other filmmaker assistance is permitted but must be limited to non-creative roles (e.g. planning assistance, technical advice, funding, etc).

A student filmmaker’s proof of enrolment may be requested by the Festival organisers when an entry is submitted. If proof of enrolment is denied by the filmmaker, the entry is automatically disqualified from the competition.

Entry Categories

Students must enter their film in one of two entry groups depending on where they live. Tasmanian entrants or Regional entrants (for entries from Australian states excluding Tasmania).

There are four (4) entry categories for each group; films must be entered into the category that reflects the age/year group/tertiary level of the film makers.

  • Junior (Kindergarten to Year 4)
  • Intermediate (Year 5 – Year 8)
  • High School (Year 9 and Year 10) and
  • Post Year 10 – University (Year 11 & 12, TAFE, University)

Film Length

Your short film must be:

  • no more than four minutes long (if you’re a Junior or Intermediate entrant)
  • no more than five minutes long (if you’re a High School entrant)
  • no more than eight minutes long (for post-Year 10/TAFE/University entrants).

All entries must be original work that hasn’t previously been screened or posted online.

Free to Enter

Entry to the Festival is free and students from kindergarten to university are eligible to submit their films and have the chance to share in thousands of prizes.

Film Genre

You can enter an original short film in whatever genre you like — drama, comedy, action, documentary, animation or even a music video. The story, setting, plot and style are all completely up to you.

Feature item

Junior, Intermediate and High School entries must include the Festival’s nominated feature item. This year’s feature item is KEY.

This item can be central to your story, or it can just make a brief appearance, but make sure you include it somewhere!

Awards and Prizes

Films will be reviewed by our panel of expert judges who will decide the winners of each category. The winners will share in thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

See the different awards up for grabs this year.