ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition

ATOM has teamed up with television star Jamie Durie and award-winning television production company WTFN Entertainment, to launch a new school’s competition.

The ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition is open to all schools and students of primary and secondary school age, giving them the chance to showcase environmental and sustainability projects and initiatives in their community.

The competition is headed up by the House Rules star Durie, who in partnership with ATOM and WTFN, has launched Jamie Durie’s Groundswell; a content platform that shares stories of environmental and climate change endeavour from across Australia and worldwide.

Durie said, ‘We’ve seen from recent climate strikes and actions that this subject has never been more important to younger generations. The competition is all about finding ideas, no matter how big or how small, and giving them a platform.’

‘We cannot wait to see some of the fantastic entries we receive. We know young people have great ideas for how we can live more sustainably.’

The competition invites entries in four school categories: Primary (Years F–3 & Years 4–6) and Secondary (Years 7–9 & Years 10–12).

Within each school category, there are four ways to submit an entry; short film or video, website, essay, or photo essay.

ATOM Education Kit
To help teachers and students develop ideas and approaches for entering the ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition, ATOM has create an education kit brimming with ideas and approaches to the challenges of sustainability and climate change.


ATOM'S 1-Minute Film Competition

The 2020 theme is:
‘The Second World War and Your Community’

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) is proud to present the 1-Minute Film Competition 2020, now in its fifth year.

The competition is sponsored by the (Australian Government) Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and provides Australian and New Zealand primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to make a 1-minute film or animation, and win fantastic prizes in the process.

The theme for this year’s competition is: ‘The Second World War and Your Community’. Each film must be based on this theme.

You may like to focus on a particular aspect of this topic, such as mateship in hard times, recruitment, the experience of troops, nurses, families and friends of those who served, or another Second World War topic meaningful to your community. Similarly, ‘community’ is a broad concept. For you, community might mean your school, your town, your family and friends, or your whole country.

Please consider that one of DVA’s roles is to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have served. All entrants should be mindful of this.

Calling for Entries from Schools Students

To enter the 1-Minute Film Competition, students must create a 1-minute film adhering to the theme and submit it into one of the following four categories:

  • Lower Primary (Years F–3)

  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6)

  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)

  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)

The four first-place prizes will each include filmmaking prize packs – valued at over $550 for the two primary school categories, and valued at over $900 for the two secondary school categories!

Click here to download a poster to put up around your school or workplace

The 1-Minute Film Competition website includes the full rules of the competition as well as the online entry system, but we have provided a brief outline below.

Competition Outline:

  • Entry is free, and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Australia and New Zealand.

  • All films must be made specifically for the 1-Minute Film Competition 2020.

  • Each film must be no longer than 60 seconds.

  • Ensure that all content in each film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is the entrants’ own. If entrants include any copyrighted or trademarked content, they must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information on copyright, click here.

  • All entries must be submitted online (including uploading of the short film and at least three still images from the film) by close of entries: midday AEST, Friday 24 July.

  • Six finalists in each of the four categories will be contacted via email and announced on Tuesday 6 October.

  • The winners will be announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 November.

Entries close at midday AEST, Friday 24 July.

Good luck!

For more information, or to enter, visit

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