The Victorian Multicultural Commission invites any young film makers from Prep to Year 12 to produce and submit a short film individually or in a group. Films can be produced independently, at home with a parent or at school. 


The aim of the Film Festival is to start a conversation about Victoria’s cultural diversity, the things that make us different and the things that make us similar. This year we are interested to see how students interpret the meaning of cultural diversity and multiculturalism to connect with audiences.

Original interpretations of what it means to be multicultural are encouraged. This could include personal stories of the filmmaker, their friends, family or a community member. Films can also explore the difference and distinction that is inherent in the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Australian populace.

Types of film

Students are invited to produce any type of film they feel will best reflect the theme. Some ideas are:

  • fiction
  • documentary
  • direct-to-camera interviews
  • community-service announcement
  • animation or stop motion
  • music video

Film requirements

  • films can be recorded on a smartphone, tablet or camera
  • the film will need to be a .MP4 or .MOV file
  • there is no minimum length but the maximum length is 12 minutes
  • the film must have been made specifically for this competition

Examples of easy-to-use and free film editing software

  • Windows Movie Maker (desktop program for PC and Mac)
  • iMovie (desktop program Mac and mobile app for iPhones)
  • Movavi (desktop program PC and Mac, and mobile app for Android and iPhone
  • Adobe Premiere Clip (free mobile app for Android and iPhone)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (free 7-day trial, a subscription-based desktop program for PC and Mac)


The competition is broken down into four categories:

  • Young Film Makers category 1 (Prep - Grade 3)
  • Young Film Makers category 2 (Grade 4 - Grade 6)
  • Young Film Makers category 3 (Year 7 - 10)
  • Young Film Makers category 4 (Year 11 - 12)

Students from different age categories and different schools can collaborate, however, the film will need to be submitted in the highest relevant age category (e.g. if students from grade 2 and 4 develop a film together, the film will be submitted in category 2).


Prizes for the winners for each category will be announced shortly.

Winning films will be announced and screened at a presentation ceremony as part of the Multicultural Film Festival in August. 

How to enter

  • Submissions will open week commencing 22 March 2021. 
  • Visit to read the terms and conditions before uploading your submission.
  • You will need to set up an account on FilmFreeway to upload your submission.
  • Submissions close 20 June 2021 at 11.59pm.

Reviewed 23 March 2021

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