SCINEMA 2020 returns with new SCINEMA junior filmmaker award

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, is back for 2020 and we want your students to submit their films!

This season welcomes a range of new award categories including SCINEMA Junior, for filmmakers 17 years and younger.

The science-based film festival is a celebration of the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. By science, we also include technology, engineering, mathematics, health and medicine and social sciences.

If your students have a passion for anything STEM-related, and want to use the power of film to explain a scientific concept they’ve recently learnt about, want to tell a story about how science affects their lives, or want to show how science can solve real-world problems – get them to make a SCINEMA film!

Films can be created independently by your students over the holidays, in an after school club or as part of your classroom activities. The attached resources will help get your students started.

Filmmaking Resources

Our friends at AFTRS Media Lab have a huge library of media arts resources for primary and secondary teachers and students which covers all aspects of basic short film production from storyboarding to final editing.

Film Inspiration

Check out this amazing student submission and winner of the 2017 Special Jury award Test Tube Babies – two sisters that are the outcome of IVF, explain the amazing science of reproductive biology with wit and charm.

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Years: R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Submission details

Submission deadline EXTENDED until Sunday 9 Feb 2020. To submit your film and for full terms and conditions visit:

We understand that the $10 entry fee may prohibit some students from applying. Please complete this application form to be considered for an entry fee waiver.

If you have any further questions, please email