Rubbish Film Festival & ATOMVic

ATOM Vic and Rubbish Film Festival Partner to Inspire Australian Secondary Students in Creative Sustainability Challenge


Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Victoria is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking collaboration with The Rubbish Film Festival, a highly regarded program that has been inspiring students in Ireland to think creatively and sustainably since 2016. In 2024, the tournament is reaching out to a wider audience by inviting secondary school students from Australia to take part in this motivational challenge.

Having successfully grown to a national competition in Ireland last year, The Rubbish Film Festival continues its remarkable journey by including students from down under. This exciting partnership invites young talents (in Years 10-12) to take part in a competition that encourages them to harness the potential of their mobile devices to create films no longer than 60 seconds, with a dedicated focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Rubbish Film Festival, with over 80 participating schools across Ireland this year, stands as a beacon of creativity and environmental advocacy. As a collaborative effort, the festival emphasises the importance of collective action, nurturing students’ dedication to a more sustainable future.

Key details of the competition include:

Competition Theme: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Eligibility: Secondary school students in Years 10-12 in Australia and Ireland

Film Length: Up to 60 seconds

Entry Criteria: Entry is free; films must be a collaborative effort; students can submit only one film; and there is no limit to the number of films per school.

“The partnership between ATOM Vic and The Rubbish Film Festival transcends borders, enabling Australian students to join a creative movement that has already made significant strides in Ireland,” said Pete Castaldi, Education Services and Partnerships Manager at ATOM Vic. “This exciting new international collaboration encourages students to amplify their voices and use filmmaking as a powerful tool for advocating sustainability.”

The competition not only nurtures artistic expression but also fosters a deeper understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, empowering students to become agents of change. It is a unique opportunity for young minds to contribute to global sustainability discussions through the medium of film.

“As The Rubbish Film Festival spreads its wings to include Australian students, we are excited to witness the convergence of creative talents and environmental awareness,” said Peter Baxter, Founder and Director at The Rubbish Film Festival. “Our mission is to inspire young filmmakers to use their skills to drive positive change, and we are eager to see the unique perspectives Australian students bring to the table.”

With the submission deadline rapidly approaching, students are encouraged to seize this exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the world. The Rubbish Film Festival and ATOM believe that this competition will not only enhance students’ filmmaking abilities but also instill in them a lifelong commitment to sustainability.