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Posted by SASTA

on 07/03/2024

In 2024, the film festival is inviting secondary school students from Australia to take part in this creative media 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 with ATOM invites students in Senior/Upper Secondary 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 sixty seconds, with a dedicated focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s festival theme revolves around two key SDGs:

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: Explore responsible consumption and production practices. Advocate for more sustainable lifestyles and the reduction of waste in your films.

SDG 13: Climate Action: Address the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on our planet. Explore solutions, raise awareness, and inspire action to combat climate-related challenges.


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

2024 is the first year that the festival has expanded to include international entries from Australia!

Theme: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Eligibility: Senior/Upper Secondary Years 10–12

Film Length: Up to sixty 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.Judging Criteria

Your films will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity: Showcase your unique perspective and storytelling skills to engage and captivate your audience.
  2. Adherence to Brief: Address at least one of the festival's themes in a meaningful and impactful way.
  3. Impact: Demonstrate how your film can drive positive change and inspire action on sustainability.
  4. Production Quality: Showcase your technical filmmaking skills and create a visually appealing and well-produced film.
  5. Application of Acquired Knowledge: Showcase your understanding of sustainability concepts and how they are portrayed in your film.

Cost: FREE!

Find out all the details and register here. Applications close 19 April.