Annual Film Competitions

Looking for a context for your unit? inspiration for production types? a project for a media/film club or just want to showcase student work. The competitions below are not definitive. Most competitions also contain videos of past winners as well as a suite of resources. Check out the ‘how to enter’ sections to ensure that your students’ work is always eligible.
If there’s a competition/film festival you’ve participated in and it’s not on the list please comment with a link.
ATOM Awards
There are categories for Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and General

ATOM Photo Competition
There are categories for Primary, Secondary and Open

Port Shorts Film Festival
There are categories for primary, music video, young filmmakers, local talent, drone and many more. ATOM QLD sponsor an Encouragement Award for the Young Filmmaker category.

ACMI Screen It Competition
There are categories for video games, animation, live action film, Inclusion - primary and secondary

There are categories for Drama, Documentary, Comedy, Experimental, Music video and animation. This competition is only for students in Year 11 or 12.

Videos for Change
There are categories for Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary, Indigenous Youth Voice

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival
There is a category for Best Student Short Film

Stuff It Film Festival
This competition has been designed strictly for Secondary students. Categories include live action film, animation, experimental, documentary, trailer/commercial, music video and interactive media.

Tropfest Jr
The signature item list provides a good source of stimulus