Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for the 1-Minute Film Competition 2019 before submitting your short film.

All entrants must adhere to the following guidelines:

The 2019 competition was sponsored by the (Australian Government) Department of Veterans’ Affairs, with each submitted film being based on the theme: Loyalty.

Loyalty can be interpreted in many ways in the context of Australian and New Zealand wartime history. The theme could suggest loyalty to a cause, or to a nation. It could mean loyalty to a unit, or to a fellow service man or woman. Students might explore the idea of conflicting loyalties or shifting loyalties during wartime. The extent to which the concept of loyalty has changed or remained the same over the last century might serve as a starting point to explore this complex theme.

A wartime context does not necessarily imply a connection to battle, political or ideological views. The theme might also relate to loyalty on a smaller scale, like in the context of individual relationships, families, local communities and others.

Entrants could create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip (be sure to adhere to copyright rules!). Submitted films could be animated or live-action – funny or serious.

  • Entry is free, and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Australia and New Zealand.
  • All films must be made specifically for the 1-Minute Film Competition 2019.
  • Each film must be no longer than 60 seconds. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if added) may add up to an additional 10 seconds in total.
  • Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio (or important on-screen text) must have English subtitles.
  • Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) 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 on copyright, click here.
  • All entries must be submitted online (including uploading of the short film and at least three still images from the film) by close of entries: midday AEST, Friday 2 August 2019.


Prizes were awarded to winners in each of the four categories. The first-place prizes each included filmmaking prize packs – valued at over $550 for the two primary school categories, and valued at over $900 for the two secondary school categories!

There were also audience choice awards, voted for online, with certificates awarded for audience choice winners.

Prize for primary school categories
Prize for secondary school categories

To enter

Films were submitted to one of four categories:

  • Lower Primary (Years F–3)
  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6)
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)

If an entry was created by more than one person, it was entered into the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group. While some assistance from parents/teachers is expected – particularly in the primary school categories – the creative vision for the entry must be the students’ alone, and the bulk of the work must be done by the students.

Each film may only be submitted once. Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant.

Online Entry System

In order for your entry to be valid, you must submit it using the online entry system on this website, including:

  1. Completing all compulsory fields on each step the entry form.
  2. Uploading your short film.
  3. Uploading between 3 and 10 still images from your film.

If you have any questions, or are having trouble submitting your entry online, please email – we are here to help.


The 2019 judges can be viewed here.

The judges may disqualify a film if they have reason to believe that it does not comply with the entry Terms and Conditions, so make sure you have read them thoroughly!

Finalists and winners

Six finalists in each of the four categories were contacted via email and announced on Thursday 3 October. Please ensure you submit a valid email address with your entry.

The entrants whose submissions best captured the theme of this year’s contest ‘Loyalty’, and are considered the most engaging, imaginative and innovative in content and delivery, were deemed the winners.

The winners were announced at the 2019 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held at SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne on Wednesday 13 November.