This year sees a record breaking number of awards and prizes on offer for participants entering the 16th annual MyState Student Film Festival.
Recognising and rewarding our Festival entrants who have dedicated so much time, energy and creativity to their film projects is really important to us so this year’s total prize pool is valued at over $19,000!
There’s brand new award categories and a brand new award structure. With the introduction of entrants from all over Australia, this year we’re awarding two winners for almost every award category – one winner from Tasmania, and one winner from our regional entrants (those who enter from NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT and NT).
The prizes and prize money for each award will be announced soon!
Age Group Winners
There are two awards for each age group in this category: Tasmanian entrants & Regional entrants
The Awards will go to the overall best film presented in each age-group category.
- Junior Category (Kindergarten to Year 4)
- Intermediate Category (Year 5 to Year 8)
- High School Category (Year 9 to Year 10)
- Post Year 10-University Category
Two separate Awards and Prizes are available for each category, awarded to the winning Tasmanian entrants and the winning Regional entrant.
All great films begin with a great story. The art of screenwriting is central to filmmaking and so we’ll be awarding a prize to this year’s best original short film screenplay.
Best Drama – NEW!
Tension, excitement, suspense, fear and joy. These emotional experiences can be produced through dramatical stories and sequences. Filmmakers… show us the DRAMA!
Best Comedy – NEW!
Filmmakers have been making us laugh since the dawn of film.. This genre can be one of the most creative and fun to make with unexpected takes making the final cut! Comedians.. here’s your chance to get yourself or your ideas on screen!
It can be said that there is no story more fascinating than real life, so budding documentarians will have the chance to show us how it’s done!
Animated films are one of the most popular film genres in the world, and our filmmakers will have the chance to flex their creative muscles and produce an award-winning animated short film.
Best Sound Design
Film sound is a critical element of every film—whether it’s capturing an actor’s voice, designing an inspiring musical score, creating ingenious sound effects or wrangling background noise. In fact, sound is so important in film that we’ll be awarding a prize for the best sound design.
Best Original Song – NEW!
Writing a song for a movie can catapult a person into the stratosphere! Think “Let it Go” from Frozen! This award recognises and showcases students’ song writing talents.
Best Original Score – NEW!
Music composers… here’s your chance to shine. Music scores enhance the scenes of a movie - imagine Star Wars without the dramatic music behind it – or the movie Up, which used music to bring out the emotion of the film.
Best Music Video
No longer just four people singing into a camera, the music video is now a compelling art form in its own right—and perfectly suited to a short format film!
Best TV Commercial – NEW! (Maximum Time Limit: 60 seconds)
This is a brand new category, introduced to showcase short, sharp, clever tv commercials. The commercial can be about anything you want it to be about. This one’s for anyone who wants to dip their toes into advertising… and filmmaking!
Download the 'Best TV Commercial' flyer
A filmmaker’s technical knowledge and skills will set their film apart from the competition. The film judged to have the greatest technical achievement in the Festival will take home this coveted award.
Most Engaging Talent
Lights, Camera …. But what about the action? Recognising this important talent, we award the actor who gives the most engaging and overall best performance on screen.
One Award will be given away for the following categories, with all entrants (Tasmanian and Regional) eligible.
Best Use of Feature Item
HAT. So many interpretations are possible for this year’s feature item. So, our judges will recognise the most ingenious, unexpected, creative or clever way the feature item is represented in this year’s films.
*Films in the Junior, Intermediate and High School categories are eligible for this award.
People’s Choice Award
Let the people decide! This award will be presented to the film that receives the highest number of online votes from the public.
Jonathan Dawson Most Promising Filmmaker
In memory of one of the Festival’s most well-respected and endearing judges, Jonathan Dawson, this award recognises the filmmaker that demonstrates great potential in filmmaking.
The MyState Award
To the best film awarded to the overall best film of the year.
The following award categories are open only to Tasmanian entrants.
The Premier’s Award
The Premier of Tasmania personally judges and awards a film that he considers the most inspiring and thought-provoking film of the Festival.
Outstanding Teacher Contribution
The Outstanding Teacher Contribution will award a cash prize to one hard working teacher who is judged to have provided exceptional support to their students during the filmmaking process.