Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for the My Story My Content Short Film Competition before submitting your short film.


Each film must be based on this year’s theme: ‘Movies Matter’.

Your film must be about how or why movies matter and include a reference to film piracy or its impact.

Be creative with the theme, you can include it in your film as a spoken line, in the background, as a caption or in some other way.

  • Entry is free, and is open to all students in Australia and New Zealand.
  • All films must be made specifically for the 2015 My Story My Content Short Film Competition.
  • 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 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, Monday 10 August 2015.


Films can be submitted to one of two categories:

  • Primary Schools/Students
  • Secondary Schools/Students

The short film can be of any genre, i.e. You can submit a work that features elements of documentary, drama, horror, musical, sci-fi, etc. Entries may be live-action, animation or a combination of both.

Students may enter individually, in groups, as a class or as a whole school.

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.


Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the categories.

First-place prizes will include $1000 in cash! Other prizes include DVD and Blu-ray packs, movie tickets and more.

There may also be audience choice awards, voted for online, with additional prizes for audience choice winners.


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 will be contacted via email and announced on Thursday 1 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 ‘Movies Matter’, 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 2015 ATOM Awards Student Awards Evening, held in Melbourne this October.