Help Film Festival 2019

The Theme for the 2019 HELP Film Festival is “Pay it Forward”. We are asking young people to explore the concept of “Pay it Forward” in regards to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness i.e. couch surfing etc and/or young people that are affected by alcohol and other drug use – themselves, family members or friends. The focus will be on young people exploring how small ways of assisting someone else can make changes to a person’s life.

Prospective film makers will be asked to produce a short film (a minimum of 2 minute and maximum of 5 minute durations), each school or community group can submit more than one entry. Films can be produced using phones, tablets, iPad’s or cameras.

Films are judged by a committee and shown on the big screen at Devonport where schools, students, young people, families and community members are invited to come and view the films and celebrate young people’s achievements. There are great prizes to be won for Schools/Colleges/Community Groups and participating young people and this is a valuable way to enhance young people’s project based learning skills in:

  • Team work
  • Digital media
  • Research
  • Community participation
  • Increased knowledge of impacts of stereotypes in the age cohort

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st prize = $1000.00 Cheque
  • Runner-up = $500.00 Cheque
  • People’s choice = $1000.00 Cheque

Registration forms are to be submitted by Sunday, 30th June 2019.

Completed films and accompanying registration forms to be submitted by Sunday, 30th June 2019.

The selected films will be screened during National Homelessness Week on the evening of Monday 5th August at C-Max Cinemas in Devonport.

For more information and/or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 6424 7375 or email       

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Help Film Festival 2018

2018 marked the 7th Annual HELP Film Festival. The prospective film makers were asked to produce a short film that focused on the theme of this year’s HELP Film Festival: Stereotypes in relation to homelessness, alcohol and other drug usage with a focus on positive solutions. Close to 100 students participated resulting in seven impressive films shown on the big screen at CMAX in Devonport on the 6th August 2018.

A broad cross section of the community gathered to watch the films and cast their vote for people’s choice. The quality of films this year was outstanding.

Congratulations to:

First Place and People’s Choice: Devonport High School

Equal Placed Runners Up: Launceston Christian College and Ulverstone High School

Encouragement Award: Penguin High School

Please see the below report for more highlights and watch this site for more information about 2019’s HELP Film Festival coming soon…

HELP Film Festival 2018 Report