Do you have a passion for the environment? We want you to create a one minute film encouraging your community to recycle their old phones.

Your one minute film must encourage the community to recycle their mobile phones through the MobileMuster program. The theme for this years’ competition is Use it or recycle it.

It can be live action, stop-motion, picture story or a combination. Any genre can be used –documentary, comedy, musical, horror, romance, sci-fi.

Entry is free and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Australia.  We have developed education resources to help teachers and students create a great film.

Finalist representatives will win an industry experience day in Sydney and attend the awards screening. Winning films will be awarded a $5000 technology prize and will be showcased by Planet Ark during National Recycling Week.

Download the competition poster and encourage your school and students to get involved. Sign up to our competition newsletter and contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck!

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To help students with their competition entries watch the experts from Vidico share their tips on how to create a great narrative and technical elements for your film.




All films must follow the guidelines:

  1. You can enter the competition either as an individual, in groups or as a class. Homeschooled children are eligible to enter. You need to specify if you are entering in the primary or secondary category.
  2. The competition is open to Australian students engaged in primary and secondary school programs in 2019.
  3. Films should be no more than one minute. This duration limit includes credits (if you want them).
  4. Ensure that all content in your film is your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information read the  Terms and Conditions.
  5. The major proportion of the work must be done by the students and the film submission must demonstrate this.
  6. All subjects appearing in the film need to have consented in writing to their appearance in the film. You can download and use our template consent form.
  7. All entries are due by midday AEST, Monday 23 September 2019. You must submit your entry online and receive confirmation. We will check entries as they come in and contact you if there are any issues.

Education Resources

We have partnered with Cool Australia to create six lessons for Years 3-8 designed to support teachers and students to produce quality films for the competition. We recommend the following sequence of lessons, depending on the year levels you are working with:

Years 3 & 4Interviews On Recycling, followed by Designing for Film. You might also like to get technical with the Film-making Toolkit.

Years 5 & 6Changing Behaviour, followed by Designing for Film. You might also like to get technical with the Film-making Toolkit.

Years 7 & 8Designing for Sustainability 1, followed by Designing for Sustainability 2. You might also like to get technical with the Film-making Toolkit.

Judging Criteria

The films will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the theme. How well does the film incorporate the theme “Use it or recycle it”?
  2. Creativity. How well does the video draw in the viewer and keep their attention?
  3. Technical Skills. What is the overall quality of production?
  4. Environmental message. Does the film explain why it is important to recycle your old mobile phone?

You can download a copy of the assessment matrix so you can create your film to meet the criteria. MobileMuster will review the submission and a panel of film, environmental and education experts will select the finalist and winners. Up to four finalists in the Primary and Secondary school category will be announced on 18 October 2019.


Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the following categories:

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Wild Card

The winning films will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $5,000 to be shared amongst the school and students. Finalist will receive movie vouchers and representatives (up to two students) will also win a trip to Sydney for the screening and industry experience day workshops.  The prize includes return airfares, transfers and 1 nights accommodation in Sydney for up to two student representatives and one supervising adult on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Winning films will also be showcased by MobileMuster and Planet Ark during National Recycling Week (11-17 November 2019).

Entry Form

You must submit entries by uploading them through Vimeo (as a private video) and completing the form below. Please make sure your provide us with the private link and/or password to view your entry. The video should be high resolution and suitable to be uploaded to Vimeo.

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