Film Competition

Student films inspire recycling action!

MobileMuster launched their inaugural film competition in 2019. The student film must encourage the community to recycle their mobile phones through the MobileMuster program. The theme for this years’ competition was Use it or recycle it.

The winning students and respective schools are list below. Watch their award winning videos and be inspired to recycle.


Watch the finalist film

The finalist short films were screened and the winners announced at the historic Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 6 November. The winning films will be showcased by MobileMuster and Planet Ark during National Recycling Week (11-17 November 2019) to encourage the community to recycle.

Film Competition Finalists

MobileMuster received over 90 entries from across the country, with just over 1000 students involved. The finalists were selected by an expert panel bringing together experience in film, education and environmental excellence. The films have been judged on their relevancy to the theme, creativity, technical skills and ability to convey the environmental message.



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.


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).

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.

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.