The MyState Bank 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.

2022 Festival Dates


FILM ENTRIES CLOSE: 11.59pm Friday 21st October

AWARDS EVENT: Tuesday 29th November (full details TBC)

2022 Feature Item

Don’t forget this year’s feature item is WATER! The use of the feature item is mandatory in most age categories (excluding post year 10), so make sure you include WATER 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 WATER is completely up to you, but judges need to be able to understand the use of WATER during the judging process.


Filmmakers must currently be 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).

The Festival organisers may request a student filmmaker’s proof of enrolment when an entry is submitted. If the filmmaker denies proof of enrolment, 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.

MyState reserves the right not to include a film for judging or release if they deem the film to be inappropriate or not aligned to MyState values.


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 2)
  • Primary (Year 3 to Year 6)
  • High School (Year 7 to Year 10) and
  • Post Year 10 – University (Year 11 & 12, TAFE, University)

Film Length

Your short film must be:

  • Junior (K to Year 2) = no more than four minutes long
  • Primary (Year 3 – Year 6) = no more than four minutes long
  • High School (Year 7 to 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 has not 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.