My Story My Content Short Film Competition 2013

By June 21, 2013 Entries

Margaret Pomeranz, co-host of ABC TV’s At the Movies and celebrated film critic, will be judge of the inaugural My Story My Content Short Film Competition (Tertiary category). The My Story My Content short film competition is an opportunity for Australian students at all levels to tell a unique story about themselves, their creativity, and why that is worth protecting, in a short film (no longer than sixty seconds). It is an initiative of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) and Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). Designed to celebrate Australian screen creativity, the theme for the competition is ‘Why do I love movies?’ This line, or an adaptation of it, must appear as a spoken line, caption or in some other way within the film, which must be made specifically for this year’s competition.

Films can be submitted – either by individual students, groups of students, or an entire class – in the three categories of Primary, Secondary & Tertiary (or equivalent).

Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in each category. First-place prizes include an iPad or choice of camera up to $1000 in value, $500 in cash and a Crumpler bag valued at $185. Additional prizes include DVD packs and hundreds of movie tickets.

The winners will be announced at the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards in Melbourne this October and November.

IPAF’s Executive Director, Lori Flekser said: ‘IPAF is proud to collaborate with ATOM on the first My Story My Content short film competition and we hope it will grow into a significant competition for students at all levels who are interested in filmmaking and concerned about the impact that piracy has on their ability to have a viable career in the film or television industry.’

‘We are thrilled that Margaret Pomeranz has agreed to judge the Tertiary category. What an accolade for any aspiring filmmaker to have their short film judged the winner by one of Australia’s most respected film critics.’

Flekser added ‘Australia has a world-class film and television industry and around 900,000 Australians owe their jobs – directly or indirectly – to creative industries. Filmed entertainment takes enormous amounts of time, investment and effort to make, and in the age of the internet, takes no time at all to steal.’

Entries must be uploaded through the online entry system at: entry-system by 5pm on Monday 19 August 2013.

IPAF (the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation) is an initiative of the Australian film and television community aimed at promoting the benefits of screen copyright and the legal accessing of film and television content. IPAF com­missions research, creates consumer awareness campaigns and produces educational programs and resources for Australian secondary schools:

ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) is an independent, not-for-profit, professional association that has been promot­ing the study of media and screen literacy for forty-eight years. The membership of ATOM includes teachers and lec­turers across all subject disciplines at all levels of education; media industry personnel; a range of media and educa­tion organisations and, increasingly, the general public interested in media. For more information visit:

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The deadline for entries is 19th August 2013.

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