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. Throughout the year, various resources and opportunities are provided to assist you in your filmmaking endeavours.

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Open for applications from July 17, there are 2 exciting festivals to be part of:

To enter the Film By Online (Kindergarten to Year 8) or CApture (Years 9 to 11) film festivals:

  1. Use the Film festivals application form 2023 to enter your films. Applications open July 17.
  2. Submit your films (ensure that your films are completed and ready for submission by October 13).


CApture Film Festival 2023

Years 9 to 11

The inaugural CApture Film Festival is to be held in November 2023. Submitted films must be between 3 and 5 minutes in duration, include the signature item ‘window’ and adhere to the guidelines of a G rated film. Films can be submitted by individual students or by a small group of students.

The festival is a showcase supported by the NSW Department of Education’s CApture filmmaking resource, which focuses on developing skills, knowledge and understanding of filmmaking across dance, drama, music, photography and digital media and visual design. 

The Arts Unit will host the inaugural CApture student film festival in Term 4 2023, with $30,000 worth of prizes to be won!

Applications open for the CApture Film Festival Monday 17 July, with the final submission date being Friday 13 October 2023. The film festival will be held in November 2023.

Film By

Kindergarten to Year 12

Film By is an initiative of the New South Wales Department of Education. The program includes festivals, workshops and teaching and learning resources in film for teachers and students from all schools in NSW.

Film By exhibits the achievements of filmmakers from K to 12 students at local cinemas as part of a series of festivals across NSW. There is also a premiere event to showcase the most outstanding films from across NSW.  Film By also provides digital access to their resources as well as student and teacher professional learning workshops across the state.

This year there are many Film By local festivals running across the state, including Film By the Sea, Film by the City, Film By the Eucalyptus and Film By the Vines. To support other areas of the state who may not yet have a Film By an online festival has opened. This means any student or class wanting to submit a film will be entered into Film By Online. Submitted films for Film By Online will be accepted from Kindergarten to Year 8 students. Films can be submitted by schools on behalf of individual students or groups. The films must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration, adhere to the festival guidelines and be a G rated film. 

To support students in producing high-quality films, the NSW Department of Education has produced a teaching resource called Lights, Camera, Action! which is a step-by-step guide through pre-production, production and post-production of filmmaking.

To celebrate the talents of students across NSW, Film By Invitation will then select the best of the best films from across all Film By festivals to showcase in a very exciting VIP festival which will be held in November. More details to be announced soon ...

Learn more about and be a part of Film By today!

Applications for the Film By Online Festival open Monday 17 July, with the final submission date for Film By Online due by 13 October. 


David Todd
Digital Engagement Officer
The Arts Unit
Michelle Dodd
School Arts and Initiatives Coordinator
The Arts Unit
0429 567 949