Film Competition

Student films inspire recycling action!

Do you have a passion for film making and the environment?

We want you to create a one minute film encouraging your community to recycle their old mobile phones. The theme for our 2020 competition is Small actions. Big Impact.

You don’t have to be an experienced filmmaker to take part – all you need is an idea, imagination and motivation. Take a look at our previous winners and our expert tips for inspiration.

Entry is free and is open to all primary, secondary and tertiary students in Australia. Good luck!

2020 Key dates

  • Film entries due 21 September 2020
  • Finalists announced 19 October 2020
  • Voting for the People’s Choice award 19 to 30 October 2020
  • Winners announced 5 November 2020
  • Winners showcased during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week 9 to 15 November 2020

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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, secondary or tertiary category.
  2. The competition is open to Australian students engaged in primary, secondary or tertiary education in 2020.
  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 21 September 2020. 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.


The winning films will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $5,000 in the following categories:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary
  • People’s Choice

Winning films will also be showcased by MobileMuster and Planet Ark during National Recycling Week (9-15 November 2020) to encourage the community to recycle. 


Up to four finalists in the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education category will be announced on 19 October 2020. Finalists, who do not go on to be a winner in their category, will receive a $1000 JB Hi-Fi voucher. 

Judging Criteria

The films will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to the theme. How well does the film incorporate the theme Small actions. Big Impact?
  2. Creativity. How well does the film 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.

Expert Tips

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.



Education Resources

Download the competition poster and encourage your school and students to get involved. 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.

Previous Winners

The theme for the 2019 competition was Use it or recycle it. MobileMuster received over 90 entries from across the country, with just over 1000 students involved.  The winning students and respective schools are list below. Watch their award winning videos and be inspired to recycle.


Watch the finalist film




Film Competition

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