This page will be updated frequently - please check back regularly to find helpful guides on creating an awesome science short film!

Make sure you check out the entry guidelines.

This page is packed with information about how to produce a short science film, copyright, inspiration and more. If you can't find what you're looking for, head over to the FAQs page.


To go in the running for cash prizes and statewide cinema screenings, your science short film needs to tick a few boxes - use this checklist to determine whether your Sci Film is ready for entry.


Judging criteria

How can you be in with a better chance of getting your Sci Film to the big screen, or winning a cash prize? Read on to learn what the Judges are looking for.


Meeting the guidelines

First and foremost, only entries that meet the guidelines will be considered - so read them carefully to ensure your hard work is worth it!

What’s your message?

Your science film should tell a story. Your film could look into the science of your everyday routine…or, it could introduce a new technique for combating weed resistance. Whatever story you choose, you need to communicate your message clearly - stick to one idea and make the idea stick with others!

Creatively Communicating Science

How well does your short film communicate Science? Make sure your film is relevant to Science, and remember, this is your chance to share ideas with others, and inform people about Science in a new and engaging way. ‘Smarten up’ your science message - get to the nitty gritty and explain your chosen science story in a creative way.

Inspiring Others

Sci Film presents an excellent opportunity to inspire audiences all over Western Australia, to make your mark and to put Science in the spotlight. We want the audience to be left awe-inspired and keen to learn more! 

Audiovisual Appeal

It doesn’t need to be shot with fancy, expensive equipment or be starring Daniel Craig - but the judges will be looking for a well crafted final film. This means your film should be a pleasure to watch, with sensitive video editing and clear, engaging audio.  


For your Sci Film entry to be accepted, it needs to respect copyright laws, which means using original or royalty free music and pictures - download this page for easy info on how to stay copyright savvy.


In order to enter Sci Film, your entry must not breach Copyright law. So sadly, you can’t just add a song from the radio to play in your film or use photos someone else has taken, without permission.

So what are your options?

1. Make it yourself!

By creating your own music and visuals – you own copyright on all material. You can make your own music with instruments or on GarageBand, record your own sound effects, draw your own images and take your own photos.

Or perhaps you have some talented friends who could help you out with music and photos – and who are happy to let you use their material in your film? Ask around!

2. Use royalty free music

There are lots of sites out there that offer royalty free music, music under a copyright license that allows them to be reproduced. Just make sure you check the terms of that license to ensure you know the conditions of using it. For example, some sites will let you use their music, as long as you credit them.

Below are some great sites for royalty free music (but you can always Google to find more):

Scott Buckley: A scientist/music composer, Scott’s site has heaps of music that’s free to use as long as you credit him.

Bensound: A site featuring awesome songs that are free to use as long as you credit and link back to the website. 

Free Stock Music: Does what it says on the packet. A site with heaps of free music, just create a login (free too!) to download them.

3. Use public domain or creative commons images

If using still shots in your film, you could look first for a public domain image – these have no copyright restrictions.

If you can’t find a suitable public domain image, search for creative commons images instead. These are images that can be used as long as the conditions are met – for example you may be able to use them but not alter them in any way. So! Always check what kind of creative commons license they’re under and how you can use them appropriately. 

Site with public domain images (again, you can Google to find more sites): 

You can also search Flickr, and restrict your search to only include photos with ‘no known copyright restrictions’.

Search for creative commons images here.