Parli-Flicks Short Film Award 2023

Parli-Flicks Short Film Award 2023

Note: This competition is now closed.

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2023 Finalists Announced

Secondary students from across NSW entered this year’s ‘Parli-Flicks’ short film competition. Students were asked to create a film that answered the question, ‘Should the voting age be lowered?’

Finalists were recognised in the following categories:

View the winning video below. 


Are you a NSW high school student?

Enter the Parli-Flicks Short Film Award!

Sponsored by Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) and
NSW Parliamentary Education & Engagement

Open to Year 7 to 12 students in NSW
Entries close Friday 11 August 2023

Across the world and throughout time, societies have had to make decisions that will work for the majority of their population. In Australia, we’ve chosen a democratic system of government. This means we elect representatives to parliament who report our views and make decisions on our behalf. Instead of each individual voting on every decision, we vote in elections and delegate that responsibility to Members of Parliament.

In Australia, to be eligible to vote at elections and in referendums, you need to be an Australian citizen, aged 18 years and over.

Enter the 2023 Parli-Flicks Short Film Award and have your say on this year’s theme:


Four entries will be shortlisted in the following categories:

The finalists will be invited to an awards night at the Parliament of NSW in Sydney, where the Overall Winner will be announced. Regional finalists will be provided with travel and accommodation assistance for this purpose. The Overall Winning entry will receive a $250 prize. All finalists will receive a certificate of participation and a medal.

ENTRIES CLOSE: 11 August 2023


  1. Read the conditions and guidelines below
  2. Fill in the entry form 
  3. YouTube instructions 
  4. Email your short film as a youtube clip along with the completed entry form to: [email protected] by 12 midnight on Friday 11 August 2023
  5. For ideas, watch the winning entries from 2021 – What does democracy mean to you? and 2022 Parliament: why do we need it?
  6. If you have any questions, please email Parliamentary Education & Engagement at [email protected]


Conditions & Guidelines

  1. The Parli-Flicks NSW Parliament Short Film Award is free to enter.
  2. The film must not exceed one minute in length (including credits).
  3. The entrant/s must be Year 7 – 12 students enrolled in a school in New South Wales.
  4. Immediate family members of NSW Parliament employees, or the immediate family of Members of the NSW Parliament are not eligible to enter.
  5. Entrants are responsible for any and all expenses that they incur in the making of the short film that they enter in the competition. The entrant will not be reimbursed for any and all expenses that they incur in the making of the short film, regardless of whether or not they win the competition.
  6. Entries must not depict violence, smoking, alcohol or drug abuse. The short film must not be offensive or have objectionable content. Inclusion of coarse language is strongly discouraged.
  7. All film entries must contain credits which list all the authors/creators of the entry and any actors and materials that appear in the film.
  8. All copyright, moral rights and rights of personality for all content, music and actors must be obtained by the film maker. Failure to clear these rights will result in removal of the entry from consideration in the competition.
  9. NSW Parliament takes no responsibility for any failure by an entrant to obtain the necessary authorisations. Entrants warrant that their short film (and any material comprising their short film) does not infringe the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person.
  10. Entrants give the NSW Parliament and ASPG the right to use entrant content in any form they choose for the Parli-Flicks – NSW Parliament Democracy Day Short Film Award or other promotional opportunities which may arise.
  11. Entries without a fully completed entry form will not be accepted.
  12. Entries can be submitted to other competitions however they must not have been shortlisted or won another contest.
  13. Entrants accept that the decision of the judges’ panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. Winners will be notified by email by 1 September 2023.
  15. The Presentation night and overall winner announcement will be on Wednesday 11 October 2023
  16. Winners agree to be photographed for promotional purposes at the award night.
  17. Entry into the competition means that the entrant warrants that they meet the entry eligibility requirements and accept these terms and conditions.