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Have you produced a film, television series, documentary, short, educational video or animation with a science theme?


By science, we include: technology, engineering, mathematics, health and medicine, social and natural sciences.


Whether it’s the long slog in the lab and occasional thrill of discovery, the awesome scale of our universe, the beauty of nature, environmental challenges that we face on our planet, or how technology will shape our future, there are hundreds of science stories we want to see on screen.


Winning films are shown to tens of thousands of people around Australia at exclusive premiere screenings and through our community program.


Award winners are chosen by our jury from the following categories:

  • Best Documentary/Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Experimental/Animation
  • Indigenous / First Nations Award
  • Award for Scientific Merit
  • Best Online Format
  • SCINEMA Junior
  • Social Impact Award


You can read the full terms and conditions, but the key entry requirements are as follows:


Entry Instructions
1. Entries will be accepted through FilmFreeway.
2. Entries must not exceed 90 mins in length
3. All media must be clearly marked with the title of the entry, the entrant’s name, contact email, phone and address. It is the responsibility of the entrant to update any changes of address or contact details post submission.
4. All films with dialogue must be in English or English narrated or subtitled.
5. All entries must have been produced after 1 September 2021.
6. All entries must be fully completed works – do not submit works in progress.
7. Confirmation of receipt of entry will be emailed.
8. The Royal Institution of Australia accepts no responsibility for entries lost, delayed or not received for any reason.


Once a film has been successful in being selected for the festival we will contact you. At this point we do ask that when the film files are sent through they have captions with them. It is also great if you have a short trailer that we can use to promote your film as well!