RULES

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

All entrants must adhere to the following guidelines:

Each film must be based on this year’s theme: Tomorrow.

The theme doesn’t need to be taken literally, of course. ‘Tomorrow’ could mean any time in the future! It would even be possible to create a film set entirely in the past, as long as ‘tomorrow’ (the word itself or the concept) was featured somehow.

Entrants may wish to look at issues of tomorrow within the spheres of science, technology or the environment, or they may prefer examining ideas such as dreams, premonitions or fortune telling.

Be creative with the theme! You can include it in your film’s dialogue, written in the background, or in some other creative way.

You can create a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip (be sure to adhere to copyright rules!). Your film can be animated, live-action. It might be 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 2017.
  • Each film must be no longer than 60 seconds. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if added) may be up to an additional 10 seconds in total.
  • Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Foreign-language 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 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 28 July 2017.

To enter

Films can be submitted to one of four categories:

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

Students may enter individually, in groups, as a class or as a whole grade/year.

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 1mfc@atom.org.au – we are here to help.

Judging

This year’s judges will be announced soon.

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 will be contacted via email and announced on Friday 6 October. Please ensure you submit a valid email address with your entry.

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

The winners will be announced at the 2017 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Evening, held in Melbourne on Wednesday 25 October.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the four categories. Four first-place prizes will each include $500!

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