The MyState Student Film Festival is back again for another year of fun, creativity and exploration and here are all the details for this year’s festival.

2021 Festival Dates


FILM ENTRIES CLOSE: October 21st 2021 (11:59pm)

AWARDS EVENT: Tuesday 30th November 2021 (full details TBC)

2021 Feature Item

Don’t forget this year’s feature item is WINDOW! The use of the feature item is mandatory in most age categories (excluding post year 10), so make sure you include WINDOW in your film in some way! This item can be central to your story, or it can make a brief appearance, but make sure you include it somewhere to be eligible to win! How you interpret the meaning of WINDOW is completely up to you, but judges need to be able to interpret the use of WINDOW during the judging process.


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.

All films must align with a PG Rating in accordance with the Australian Government Classifications. For more information on PG classification click here.


All films (even student-made short ones) need to fulfil their legal requirements in the areas of copyright and consent. You may need to obtain permission to film certain people or places for your project, or from a copyright owner whose work appears in your production, including music and imagery.

For more information and assistance with copyright click here.

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 and Territories excluding Tasmania).

There are four (4) entry categories by age group; films must be entered into the category that reflects the age/year group/tertiary level of the film makers. The age categories are broken down as follows:

  • 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:

  • Junior (K to Year 4) = no more than four minutes long
  • Intermediate (Year 5 – Year 8) = no more than four minutes long
  • High School (Year 9 and Year 10) = no more than five minutes long
  • Post Year 10 (Year 11 & 12, TAFE, University) = no more than eight minutes long

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

Free to Enter

Entry to the MyState Student Film 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.

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.

To see this year’s award categories click here.