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


MyState Student Film Festival 2021 - 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 Cinematography

Cinematography is critical to great film-making and encompasses all visual components of the on-screen experience. This award has recently been added to the festival because the judges felt the need to acknowledge the incredible talent being displayed in this area each year.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Overall Awards



2021 Prizes - Tasmanian Entrants

Award Category:Prize:Sponsor:
Best Film - Junior$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - Intermediate$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - High School$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - Post Year 10$1000MyState Bank
Best Animation(TBC)Blue Rocket
Best Screenplay(TBC)(TBC)
Best Cinematography$750 Equipment Hire at Wide Angle TasmaniaWide Angle Tasmania
Best Original Score$500MyState Bank
Best Original Song$500MyState Bank
Best Music Video$500MyState Bank
Best Documentary$500MyState Bank
Technical Achievement$750 Equipment Hire at Wide Angle TasmaniaWide Angle Tasmania
People’s Choice Award$500hit100.9 Hobart
Premier’s Award$2000Tasmanian Government
Most engaging talent - Junior$250 Voucher for Cooper Screen AcademyCooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - Intermediate$250 Voucher for Cooper Screen AcademyCooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - High School$250 Voucher for Cooper Screen AcademyCooper Screen Academy
Most engaging talent - Post Year 10$250 Voucher for Cooper Screen AcademyCooper Screen Academy

2021 Prizes - Regional Entrants

Award Category:Prize:Sponsor:
Best Film - Junior$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - Intermediate$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - High School$1000MyState Bank
Best Film - Post Year 10$1000MyState Bank
People’s Choice Award$500MyState Bank

2021 Prizes - Overall Awards

Award Category:Prize:Sponsor:
Best Use of Feature Item$250MyState Bank
Jonathan Dawson Most Promising Filmmaker$1000 professional mentoring voucher with AFTRSAFTRS
Outstanding Teacher Support$250MyState Bank