Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for the 1-Minute Film Competition 2018 before submitting your short film.

All entrants must adhere to the following guidelines:

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

Entrants are encouraged to be creative with the theme! You may wish to look at memory within the spheres of science, technology or the environment, or you may like to examine ideas such as dreams or premonitions.

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 or 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 2018.
  • 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. 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 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 3 August 2018.

To enter

Films are to be 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)

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 – we are here to help.


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 Thursday 4 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 ‘Memory’, 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 2018 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held in at SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne on Wednesday 14 November.


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.