Helpmann Academy Home Alone Film Fest

Creativity in Isolation

Generously funded by the Nunn Dimos Foundation.

The Helpmann Academy Home Alone Film Fest is an online, short-film competition for South Australian emerging filmmakers. Responding to the theme of ‘creativity in isolation’, filmmakers have the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, stories, images, and moments with the community as they navigate living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winning filmmaker will be awarded $7,000. 

The competition is open to emerging filmmakers who are final year students or graduates (for up to five years from the final year of study) of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions.

Applicants are invited to create a short film (under 7 minutes) in response to the theme of creativity in isolation. Work produced can be any genre – a short film, a doco, an animation or a video art piece – let your imagination run wild! 

You are encouraged to use whatever technology you have at hand to create the film (iPhone, webcam, SLR ect). The films will be presented to a panel of esteemed judges who will primarily be judging on creativity over polish.

The judging panel includes: 

  • Scott Hicks
  • Richard Jasek
  • Mat Kesting
  • Maya Newell
  • Madeleine Parry

Read more about the judging panel.

All shortlisted videos will be shown on the Helpmann Academy Facebook page, where our audience will be prompted to vote on the People’s Choice Award ($3,000).


Emerging filmmakers  eligible to apply will meet the following criteria: 

  • Applicants must be final year students or graduates (within 5 years following their final year of study) of Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions. You can find out who we support here.
  • Honours graduates are eligible if they are within 5 years of graduation (if Honours was undertaken in direct succession from Undergraduate). 


The Home Alone Film Fest is designed to encourage creativity in isolation while providing emerging filmmakers with funds towards their career development. 

Applicants are required to create a short film (under 7 minutes) using the tools that they have at hand to be shown on the Helpmann Academy Facebook page. Your short film can be about anything, as long as it is in response to the theme ‘creativity in isolation’.  

This can take the form of a short film, documentary, mocumentary, animation, stop motion or video art piece. You are only limited by your imagination.  

Multiple entries are permitted, but a separate application form must accompany each film.



Before commencing your application, please ensure that you are eligible to apply. 

  • You will need to fill in the required sections on the application form 
  • You will need to provide us with a short, but detailed synopsis of your film 
  • You will need to supply us with a .mov or mp4 of your film either via a download link (e.g. Dropbox or WeTransfer etc) 

The required support material is outlined in the application form and includes: 

  • Applicants CV (maximum 2 pages). 
  • ApplicantAcademic transcript. 

Final submissions must be lodged via the Helpmann Academy website by Monday 1 June 2020 at 10:00am ACST


The official prize ($7,000) will be judged by an esteemed panel. Decisions will be final. 

The People’s Choice Award ($3,000) will be judged via Facebook likes. The video with the most Facebook likes on the Helpmann Academy Facebook page  will be deemed the winner. Participants are encouraged to promote their video far and wide to receive votes, but likes will only be counted on the videos hosted on the Helpmann Academy Facebook page, so please be mindful of that. 


  • Applicants must not have any outstanding Helpmann Academy acquittals. 
  • Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials. All content in your film (including story, footage, music, images, properties, etc.) should be your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. 
  • By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film via the Helpmann Academy Facebook pageand potentially used in the future for further promotional, marketing and publicity purposes, without compensation.  
  • By submitting to us, you are also giving us the right to enter you into the main award and People’s Choice category of the competition. 
  • Official Selection: Films selected for screening (and therefore in the running for both prizes) will be notified via email. 
  • Films must be new projects created in response to the Helpmann Academy Home Alone Film Fest (produced after 13 April 2020). 
  • All participants must abide by the Government’s guidelines regarding Covid-19.
  • The film must not have been published anywhere else prior to submitting to the Home Alone Film Fest.
  • Content must adhere to Facebook’s community standards (i.e no nudity or illegal activity). 
  • By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions. 
  • We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions. 

Contact Helpmann Academy on [email protected] for further information

Generously funded by the Nunn Dimos Foundation with support from the City of Adelaide