Excelsia and Sydney Film School


Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award

A Scholarship Film Festival for Australian High School Students

Submissions open: 16th October 2020 (12:00pm)
Submissions close: 10th December 2020 (3:00pm)
Winner Announcement: 18th December 2020

About the Festival

The Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award is a new & prestigious film festival run by Excelsia College & Sydney Film School to give emerging talent an opportunity to develop and share their voice. The festival seeks deep and meaningful short films from senior high school students expressing thematic content around the nature of morality, existence, spirituality, philosophy, reality and truth.

Whilst this thematic content often leads itself primarily to dramas all genre (comedy, action, documentary, thriller etc) is accepted and encouraged.

The winner of the festival is offered a full scholarship to study the Bachelor of Screen Production with Excelsia College & Sydney Film School.*
*See further details below

  1st Place
  Full Scholarship to the Bachelor of Screen Production
  Runner up & category winners   Various gift cards & merchandise

Submissions for the Award are exclusively received through FilmFreeway which offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage and more.

In order for your entry to be valid, you must complete the following:

  1. Fill all required fields on each step of the entry form.
  2. Upload your completed short film. Incomplete films may be dismissed.
  3. Uploading a max 250-word rationale for the film.

Important Information

The judges may disqualify a film if they have reason to believe that it does not comply with the entry Terms & Conditions so make sure you have read them thoroughly.

Terms & Conditions


  1. Entry is free and is open to all Australia and New Zealand citizens in high school.
  2. Accepts all fiction and non-fiction film genres however, films outside of the described nature of the competition may not be awarded.
  3. Scholarship award only valid to an Australia or New Zealand citizen in year 12.
  4. No film is to contain nudity, graphic violence, significant language or any material higher than M15 rating. It is the discretion of Excelsia College and Sydney Film School in considering if content exceeds the nature of the film festival.
  5. All short films must be made within two years of entry.


  1. Each film must be no longer than 3 minutes excluding credits which should be limited 10 seconds in total.
  2. Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio must have English subtitles.
  3. Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked 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.
  4. All selected films must be available to screen on H.264 or ProRes file.

Submission & Rights

  1. All entries must be submitted online by midday AEST, Tuesday 10th December 2020.
  2. The applicant and producer of a submitted film grants Excelsia College and Sydney Film School the rights to:
    • Exhibit the film online for the duration of the Festival, in a programmed session available ‘on-demand’ from the Axiom Film Festival website. Include a section of the production for promotional purposes. This may be as part of a compilation and displayed on theatrical screening, websites, social media channels, EDM, communications.
  3. Entries cannot be withdrawn after submission. By submitting your film to the Festival for consideration, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your right to withdraw your film from the Festival after this date.
  4. If your film is selected as a finalist for the Festival, you will be sent an email confirmation by December 15th 2020.

Submitting a film in the Festival implies the acceptance of these terms & conditions.

Scholarship Information

Full Scholarship will be given to the winner of the Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award and must be taken within 2 years of confirmation of award. The terms and conditions of the Scholarship will be explained to the Scholarship recipient.

For any questions re eligibility please contact  the Screen Production Course Manager Cameron Lyon