Prizes and Categories 2021


NOVA EMPLOYMENT CHOICE AWARD - (Australian entries)

  • Winner - Brand New Toyota Corolla Courtesy of Noble Toyota

    *The NOVA Employment team select their favourite entry in the 2021 festival that best suits the Focus on Ability theme. All Australian submissions are eligible.

    AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL SECTION

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Documentary

  • Winner - Toshiba Package worth $7,500

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Short Film

  • Winner - $5,000 Cash Prize courtesy of Norths Collective
    - Create Your Own Content Course Online Courtesy of AAFTA
    - 6 selected students will take part in a 6 weeks ONLINE COURSE
    - Guest Speakers including Director Tony Gardiner and Mentoring from AAFTA team.
    - TAFTA Teens Film & T.V. Acting classes - Valued at $3,520 (Awarded to Film"s Lead Actor)

    Most Online Votes

  • Winner - $3,000 Harvey Norman voucher
    - 4x 1hr Create Your Own Content session with Ryde Entertainment

    Best Teen Actor in School Short Film

  • Winner - TAFTA Teens Film & T.V. Acting classes - Valued at $3,520
    - Empowering The Artist - Online Mentorship Program (Scholarship 2022)
    - A 12 week larger group Zoom Standard Acting Class with PA Studio West and David Zimmerman, plus 1hr of private coaching
    - 4 x 1hr Mentorship with Andy McPhee http://andymcphee.info
    - 2 x 1hr Career development sessions with director of Ryde Entertainment and AAFTA COO Robbie Ryde
    - One year scholarship with Meet The Biz and PA Studio West

    Changing Minds Mental Health & Wellbeing Award (NZ Schools Only)

  • Winner -$2,000(NZD) Courtesy of Changing Minds
    *Awarded to the 2021 NZ school entry that the team at Changing Minds feels best challenges conventional thinking around mental health

    NOVA Employment School Choice Awards

  • 5x Winner"s - $1000 Cash

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    AUSTRALIAN OPEN SECTION

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Short Film

  • Winner - - $5,000 cash prize Courtesy of VDG Services
    - LG Package - 65" 4K Smart, OLED, AI TV + Premium 7.1.4CH 770W DOLBY ATMOS GOOGLE SOUND BAR - Total value $5698.00
    - 4 x 1hr Career development Sessions with director of Diversity Pictures and AAFTA Jessica Orcsik
    - One Year Film Independent Membership
    - One Year Masterclass Membership
    - Meetings with US Judges

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Documentary

  • Winner - $6,000 cash prize Courtesy of Your local club
    - 4x Mentoring Sessions with Documentary Director/Writer/Producer, Heidi Lee Douglas https://www.heidileedouglas.com
    - 4x Mentoring Sessions with Documentary Producer, Brooke Tia Silcox https://no-thing.co/

    Most Online Votes - (Short Film or Documentary)

  • Winner - $5000 cash prize Courtesy of Australia Post

    Judges Choice - Best Director

  • Winner - Australian Directors Guild Membership
    - 4 x 1hr mentoring sessions with Tony Gardiner (Creative Director/Cinematographer/Director from Neighbours and Home & Away)
    - 4x 1hr mentoring sessions with Ian Watson (Directed on Home & Away, Doctor Doctor, House Husbands, Playing for Keeps)

    Judges Choice - Best Screen Writer

  • Winner - Membership to the Australian Writers Guild
    - 4 x 1h Screenwriting mentorship with Ally Burnham ("Unsound" Screenwriter)
    - Copy of Pilar Alessandra"s Screenwriting Books
    - Pilar Alessandra Screenwriting Course

    Diversity Pictures & AAFTA Online Mentorship Best Actor in Short Film

  • Winner- Empowering The Artist - Online Mentorship for Creatives 2022
    - Ability First Artist Mentorship - 8 Weeks Online & Self Tape Coaching with Guest Teachers and mentors from across Australia and the United States.
    - 2 x 1hr Career development sessions with director of Diversity Pictures and AAFTA Jessica Orcsik
    - 2 x 1hr Create Your Own Content Sessions with Robbie Ryde
    - 2 x 1hr Coaching Sessions with Andy McPhee
    - A 12 week group Zoom Advanced Acting Workshop with PA Studio West and David Zimmerman, plus 1hr of private coaching
    - Representation and a Career Coaching Session with Australian Agent Charmaine Gilchrist
    - One year scholarship with Meet The Biz and PA Studio West

    Screen Producers Australia Award - (Short Film or Documentary)

  • Winner - (TBA)

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    INTERNATIONAL SECTION

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Short Film

  • Winner -$5,000 AUD Courtesy of EY

    Judges Choice - Official Selection Documentary

  • Winner - $5,000 AUD Courtesy of EY

    Most International Online Votes

  • Winner - $5,000 AUD Courtesy of EY


    #Please note Prize pool subject to change following Covid-19 restrictions