Film competition

Do you have a passion for film making?

The film competition for 2020 is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. We have announced the winners of the the 2020 competition – take a look on our winners page and social media channels. We have emailed all finalists and highly commended entries with the results.

The theme for our 2020 competition was Small actions. Big Impact. The winning films will receive a $5,000 JB Hi-Fi vochure to further develop their film career. Finalists will receive a $1,000 JB Hi-Fi vochure. Take a look at our 2019 winners.

Important Dates

19 to 30 October 2020 – As part of the People’s Choice Award the community will be able to vote for their favourite film from the highly commended shortlist.

Monday 2 November 2020 – Winners will be announced on our website, via email and social media channels.

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

Good luck! 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 2020.
  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 Vimeo, Youtube or 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. The major proportion of the work must be done by the students and the film submission must demonstrate this.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


In each category we will be awarding a winner who will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $5,000 and up to three finalisist who will receive a $1,000 voucher. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary

This year we have introduced a People’s Choice Award, who will receive a JB Hi-Fi voucher valued at $1,000. The community will be able to vote for their favourite primary and secondary film between 19 to 30 October. The film with the most votes will recieve the award.

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.


Judging 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.

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.