Film festivals application form 2023

Film @ The Arts Unit is a program that supports teachers and students in the exciting world of filmmaking. By participating in live and online festivals, showcases, events, and awards, you can celebrate and share your students' filmmaking achievements. 

Open now are 2 exciting festivals to be part of: Film By Online (Kindergarten to Year 8) and the CApture Film Festival (Years 9 to 11).

To enter Film By Online and CApture:

  1. Use this form to enter your films. Applications open 17 July.
  2. Submit your completed films via the Hightail upload links provided and scripts via this form by 13 October. 
  3. Sign your Authority to publish form and keep it at school.

All films submitted should: 

  • be 3.5 minutes in duration or less, including credits for Film By festivals.
  • be between 3 and 5 minutes in duration for CApture Film Festival
  • be age appropriate and conform to a G rating
  • be appropriate to the skill level of the participating students
  • only include students’ first names in the credits
  • be original works created in accordance with copyright laws
  • represent the department's values and beliefs
  • be created by NSW Department of Education teachers and/or students
  • have a script submitted
  • include a poster to advertise the film that has been made
  • include the signature item ‘window’ (CApture only).

Upload instructions for your film

Use the following links to upload your film to Hightail:

When you upload your file into Hightail  please ensure your file is labelled correctly:  

  • Media file name – Name of film.MP4
  • Full name – Teacher’s name
  • Email – Teacher’s email
  • Message – Write the name of your school
Quick guide to uploading to Hightail
Hightail - Quick guide for Film Festivals (PDF 227.33 KB)


Talent release form

All participants must sign a talent release form.

Authority to film and record form – film festivals (PDF 204.52 KB)



Which festival are you submitting to?
Kindergarten to Year 8
Years 9 to 11
Applicant details
Please enter the details of the teacher or student submitting a film.
Name of teacher or student submitting film
School details
Principal's name
This film has been viewed and endorsed by your school principal.

Students' details

Student learning stages (if applicable)

Film details

Does this film contain any images, music, digital files or intellectual property that was not created by the film makers?
Were the images, music, digital files or intellectual property used in your film copyright free or was permission provided?
All students’ whose work is incorporated into this film are acknowledged in the credits by first name only.
I understand that the film I am submitting should be culturally and politically appropriate and suitable for viewing in NSW public schools.
I have read the information guides provided on the Film By and CApture websites and adhere to the guidelines.
All students’ have signed a Filming authority release form which is kept at school but maybe called upon by The Arts Unit if needed.
I have submitted my film to Hightail
One file only.
16 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.
One file only.
16 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, odt, ppt, pptx, odp, xls, xlsx, ods.