Student film competition 2021

Entries for 2021 are now closed!

Thank you to all who have entered the student film competition this year!  It was great to see so many entries.

We are now in the process of reviewing all entries with our judges who are environmental and film production experts. Finalists entries will be announced on the 11 October 2021. Winners will be announced during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week, 8 to 14 November 2021.

The theme for 2021 was Protect the Planet. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Lower Primary (Years 1-4)
Upper Primary (Years 5-6)
Lower Secondary (Years 7-9)
Upper Secondary (Years 10-12)

In each category the winner will be awarded a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $3,000 and up to three finalists who will receive a $1,000 JB Hi Fi voucher. All students who have entered the competition will receive a MobileMuster participation certificate.

If you have any questions about the competition please contact us.


  1. You can enter the competition either as an individual, in groups or as a class. Home schooled 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 2021.
  3. Films should be no more than one minute. This duration limit includes credits (if you want them).
  4. In terms of video format, high resolution MP4 is preferred. The film will need to be uploaded to a sharing platform (such as Google Drive or Dropbox) as part of the entry process.
  5. 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.
  6. If an entry is created by more than one person, it should be entered into the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group.
  7. The major proportion of the work must be done by the students and the film submission must demonstrate this.
  8. 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.
  9. All entries are due by midday AEST, Monday 13 September 2021. 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.

Judging criteria

We have updated the judging criteria for 2021! The criteria looks at:

  1. Relevance to the theme. How well does the film incorporate the theme Protect the Planet.
  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. Story Telling. How engaging is the story and does it provide dramitic appeal and closure?
  5. Environmental understanding. Does the film explain the environmental impact of mobile technology and the benefits of recycling?

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.

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. The lessons can be accessed by teachers, parents and students learning from home or school. Through these lessons students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

We recommend the following sequence of lessons, depending on the year levels you are working with. You might also like to get technical with the Film-making Toolkit. Topics included in this toolkit cover copyright, storytelling, lighting, sound, film techniques and stop-motion animation.


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. We hope these short how to guides will help you create an impressive short film.

We have also put together a Film Making Toolkit with Cool Australia. The toolkit will help you learn about the ethics and laws of creating films. Understand the principles of effective storytelling. Learn how to use effective lighting, camera angles and how audio is used in film. Learn the function of different microphones and understand how to apply different film techniques.