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Student Filmmaker at the Australian Museum

Could one of your students be the next David Attenborough? 

Enter your student filmmakers from Stages 3-4 and they could be selected to film a student review of the revamped and reopened Australian Museum

Entries are now open for an exciting new student review science documentary filmmaking project in collaboration with the Australian Museum. The Australian Museum in Sydney has just been renovated and one NSW public school will be awarded an exclusive opportunity to film and produce a student review on location.  

To enter, students are invited to film and submit a short audition video as if they were conducting a review of the museum. Student teams of three or four are invited to submit a 45-second video audition demonstrating their ability to communicate clearly, concisely and with energy on camera. Camera, lighting, and sound technique will form part of the audition and should be student-led. We are looking for passion and a willingness to learn as part of the prize is a development of skills.

The winning team will be invited by the Australian Museum to do a ‘review’ on the renovated museum. These students will have exclusive access to Australian Museum staff and exhibits for the purpose of creating an original 4-minute film giving their summary and recommendations. 

The Technology 4 Learning team will help the student develop their interview and presentation skills they’ll use when creating their review of the museum. The T4L team will also film a mini "behind the scenes/making of" the student filmmaking journey at the Australian Museum.  


Published on the Student Voices hub

Our Australian Museum student reviewer will have their work published on the Student Voices hub and promoted on the department’s social media channels for the world to see.  

Student Voices  is the department’s online channel for students to showcase their work, opinions, news and creativity. It’s the place to see what issues matter most to young people in NSW public schools.   

The platform gives students the opportunity to have a say and be heard by education leaders and key decision-makers.   

Students can submit their own work and see what others have to say, vote in our monthly polls and get advice on how to promote student voice and participation in their school.  


What skills will your student filmmakers need? 

‘The Student Filmmaker’ online course is available to support your class and outlines the key skills required to be selected for this opportunity. The course is relevant for all ages and stages, and for this project we recommend Stages 3-4.

Visit The Student Filmmaker online course


How to enter

Entries have now closed and our judges are viewing some outstanding short films from very talented student teams! If your school missed out, don't worry - we're planning on creating resources to support all NSW public schools to create their own local Student Filmmaker Review project from Term 2 onwards.


Conditions of entry 

The winning team and school will need to be able to do a few things:

  • The school should have access to its own filming equipment, camera, lights, microphone. The stem.T4L filming kit is acceptable. Filming equipment may be supplied at the Australian Museum if required.

  • A supervising teacher must accompany the winning student team to the Australian Museum for their interview/Museum review. 

  • All transport arrangements are the responsibility of the school. 

  • All students involved must have permission to be filmed and published. 

  • Filming dates and arrangements will be advised at a later date in negotiation with the school and in line with current advice.

  • Please note the finished student films will be published and shared publicly by NSW Education and the Australian Museum.