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School Kids Film Contest Entrants

Rules and Regulations

  • Entry is open to secondary school students in Australia.

  • Teams must consist of 2-5 secondary school students.

  • Each team must produce an impactful Public Service Announcement (PSA) depicting an issue that affects young Australians.

  • Films must forge empathy, challenge perspectives, educate, and insight change either personally or as a community.

  • We accept a variety of genres including fiction, animation, claymation, stop motion etc.

  • Films must be from 1 minute (minimum length) to 2 minutes (maximum length).

  • Films must be submitted by the due date advertised on the website and submitted in DCP Format ready for Screening.

  • Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio are encouraged to have English subtitles.

  • If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use if requested. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.

  • Every submission must reference a crisis center hotline name & number at the conclusion of the film (eg. Lifeline, Beyond Blue, Kids Help Line) you may NOT use the Logo as this may infringe trademark law.

  • If the film contains sensitive content it must include a Trigger Warning as a precursor to the film.

  • Impact Film Challenge reserves the right to deny the screening of any film deemed unsuitable for student viewing (NO nudity, NO vulgar language, scenes may allude to but NOT show graphic violence or death)

  • Students will be invited to attend the Impact Film Challenge screening and and awards ceremony.

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Make an impact!

For young filmmakers, storytellers & changemakers

Our Purpose

We provide young people with an opportunity to express themselves, their ideas and stories about social issues using film
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Dates 2024

Registrations Open Now

31st May 2024

Deadline for submitting an entry.

5th June 2024

Judging panel completes judging process.


22nd June 2024 

Impact Film Challenge screening and awards event.

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The incentive for students to gain practical and real world experience creating and producing a short film

The opportunity to win an award 
judged by industry professionals and experts

A competition that promotes the voices and talent of young filmmakers, storytellers and changemakers 

What we offer

Our Story

In 2020 Summer Brown partnered with award-winning director Jude Kalman from Little Drum Pictures to produce a short film called ‘Lessons’ which delivers a snapshot of her lived experience of domestic abuse through the eyes of children, learning lessons for life.

‘Lessons’ began winning international awards in USA, Canada, India and Japan (see the full list here) and that is when Summer saw the opportunity to use film as a vehicle to empower young people to have a voice, express themselves creatively and learn the skills of working in the screen industry. 

Summer teamed up with Brett McCallum who caught the vision, along with many other industry professionals who agreed to support the idea as
mentors, judges and sponsors. 


This resource is aimed at stage and screen content creators. It was developed to provide practical advice and information for those tackling issues such as mental health and suicide. 

Preventing Suicide: A resource for filmmakers  and others working on stage and screen. Page 9 has a great checklist of recommendations. 

Here are some documentaries to inspire students who are researching topics and ways to create social change.

AndACTION is a resource that explores how entertainment can shift ideas, attitudes and perspectives and create social change.

This guide is for anyone who wants to create social change, and who wants to learn how storytelling can help.

More resources 

ReachOut, Beyond Blue, BeYou,  and Kidshelpline offer many resources for teachers and students who are discussing and researching social issues. 

The Impact Film Challenge

The Impact Film Challenge is a film competition. Australian high school students are invited to produce and submit a short film about a social issue that impacts them or has shaped the lives of young Australians.

This is an opportunity for teams of young film makers to showcase their story telling and film making skills whilst shining a spotlight on the issues that young people feel are important to talk about and share with others. 

Impact Film Challenge is held annually, all submitted entries are reviewed by professional film makers and social impact experts, and awards presented to winning films at the end of the year. 

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For young filmmakers, storytellers & changemakers

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The Impact Film Challenge acknowledges this land and pays respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We recognise First Nations people as the original storytellers of these lands and acknowledge the vital role they continue to play in our community.


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