Bright future ahead for young Tasmanian filmmakers

Elise Archer,Minister for the Arts

Congratulations to all the creative young Tasmanian student filmmakers who have been recognised today at the MyState Student Film Festival Awards 2020.

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, around 1,500 students submitted a near record 285 films in 2020.

The festival, now in its 18th year, has seen dramatic growth in recent years with schools from around the State and beyond, competing for a $20,000 prize pool.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, this year’s awards presentations were conducted online, filmed from Hobart’s Theatre Royal and streamed live to competing schools around Tasmania and interstate.

The prestigious Premier’s Award was awarded to Table Cape Primary School students for their production Selfless which was also awarded the Best Use of a Feature Item and Best Animation. Goulburn St Primary School produced the Best Music Video Hometown Hobart, and the People’s Choice Award went to the King Island District High School for Rookie Soldier.

Students from Taroona High School were particularly successful this year, taking out a total of seven of the 22 Tasmanian awards on offer, including Best Film-Intermediate, Best Film-High School, Best Documentary and Best Original Score. Deloraine Primary School won the Best Film-Junior and Rosny College produced the Best Film-Post Year 10.

The students’ films can be viewed on the MyState Student Film Festival website at

/Public Release. View in full here.