Student short film competition

Every Day Counts is a film competition open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Entries close 28 May, 2021.

12 May 2021

Every Day Counts

As part of the ongoing focus and priority launch around school attendance, the NSW Department of Education is holding a state-wide film competition for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Schools can participate in the festival as a class entry or submit films created by individual students or groups of students. Schools can submit multiple films.

All films submitted must have the approval of the school principal.

The theme is "Every Day Counts". Schools and students should explore all the possible reasons why attendance is important and how every day at school builds success.

Why school attendance?

Stronger attendance at school is a priority for the Department.

The overall picture of school attendance in Australia is generally good. Years 1-10 students attend, on average, 92% of ‘available school days’ in Australia.

There is strong research that confirms that high levels of attendance have a positive impact on academic, social and health outcomes for students. It is our desire to create a new level of expectation where all students attend above 90% of the time.

Schools and students are encouraged to create films that address the issue of how attendance can be enhanced and improve students in schools.

Competition details

Entries close 5pm on 28 May 2021.

All films should be

Budding filmmakers and teachers should read the Information booklet (PDF). Students and their parents and carers will need to sign the consent form enclosed.

The film competition is organised by Film By, established by teachers to recognise and showcase the stories and creativity of students told through digital film media.

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