Excelsia and Sydney Film School


Excelsia College > Courses > Bachelor of Screen Production > Excelsia and Sydney Film School Award

A Scholarship Film Festival for Australian & New Zealand High School Students

Competition Dates

Submissions open 4 October 2021
Submissions close 28 January 2022
Winner announced 4 February 2022


1st Place: Full Scholarship to the Bachelor of Screen Production
Runner Up: Discounted Units*


Year 11 & 12 Students

Want to experience Film Making?

Stories change the world. Whether in a cinema or on your TV, whether on your laptop or mobile, whether it be comedy or drama, a feature length or short film, screen storytelling has and continues to shape the world.

If you're an aspiring director, screenwriter, production manager or general filmaker then our hands-on Bachelor of Screen Production will provide you the fundamental and vital filmmaking skills to advance your career in film and television in an ever-changing industry.

Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award Scholarship 2021

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.*

Submissions open 4 Oct 2021
Submissions close 28 January 2022
Winner announced 4 February 2022

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 ensure you have read them thoroughly.

1st Place - Full Scholarship to the Bachelor of Screen Production
Runner Up - Discounted Units*

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 at cameron.lyon@excelsia.edu.au.


  1. Entry is free and open to all Australia and New Zealand citizens in high school.
  2. Scholarship only awarded to an Australia or New Zealand citizen in Year 11 or 12.
  3. All fiction and non-fiction film genres are accepted. However, films outside of the described nature of the competition (refer to point 4 below) may not be recognised with an award or prize.
  4. No film is to contain nudity, graphic violence, excessive coarse language, or any material higher than M15 rating. It is at the discretion of Excelsia College and Sydney Film School to determine whether content is outside the described 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 6 minutes excluding credits which should be limited to 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 from the owner for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.
  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, Wednesday 28 January 2022.
  2. The applicant and producer of a submitted film grants Excelsia College and Sydney Film School the rights to:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If your film is selected as a finalist for the Festival, you will be sent an email confirmation by 31 January 2022.

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

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.
Excelsia College reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.

2020 Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award Winner: Luke O'Donnell

Abel Grisez Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award
I THINK I'LL BE OKAY Directed by Leo Marris

About Sydney Film School

Sydney Film School was founded to teach the essential filmmaking ‘tools’ necessary for a successful career in the global film industry. It is an intense training experience where our students learn how to be filmmakers. Through producing and crewing a significant number of films, students gain both the skills to be employed by the industry and create their own productions. Since Sydney Film School’s inception, alumni have gone onto successful careers across the planet and create a network for new students to build relationships with.

About Excelsia College

Excelsia College, Australia’s leading Christian Higher Education provider, has an innovative and creative community of people, who are passionate about excelling and growing academically, professionally, personally and spiritually. Established in 1983 as a creative and performing arts college, our students and alumni embark on a journey of lifelong learning and leadership.

Career Opportunity

Excelsia is committed to developing imaginative storytellers with strong individual voices who will lead and influence the global screen industries through craft expertise and innovative narrative approaches. Our lecturers not only teach the technical skills of filmmaking but also put students at the forefront of the technologies, thus preparing students for a successful career in the film or television industry.