Vertical Video Competition

This year we are adding an exciting new category to the film festival, Vertical Video!

We hope this new category will tap into the creative minds of the students who consume most of their video content in the vertical format through the various social media apps on their phones.

Turning the video vertical presents students with new opportunities and challenges, and we can’t wait to see how they interpret the feature item (WATER) in this new format.

Why Vertical Video?

This category will act as a gateway into the festival for students who are interested in film making, but may not have access to professional film, lighting and sound equipment.

The social media platforms that utilise vertical video as their native format prioritise authenticity and storytelling over polished production. Most videos are shot with just a phone, and little else in the way of extra equipment, which is the expectation for submissions in this category.

Getting Started

All students need to participate in this category is a phone and a great idea.

For tips on creating great vertical videos, check out:

  • This article on how to create great vertical videos
  • Our Top Vertical Video Tips series on our YouTube channel
  • Or follow our TikTok account

Vertical Video Category Rules

The Terms & Conditions outlined on the Film Festival website also applies to the Vertical Video category unless otherwise stated below.

Stand-alone Category

Vertical Video submissions are entered exclusively into the category and will not be considered for any other awards, including Best Film, Tasmanian and Regional.

Film Length

All submissions must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.


Prizes will be awarded in each of the following age categories:

  • 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)

To see this year’s prizes click here.