Submit your films for the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards now!

Presented in 2018 by SAE and ATOM, the ATOM Awards have established themselves as a mainstay of both the screen industry and education sectors after more than thirty-five years of recognising film and media excellence.

ATOM are currently calling for entries across forty-five diverse categories of film, television, animation, educational resources, games and new media. Over the past three years, the ATOM Awards have added several new categories for games, apps, ebooks, commercials, web series, telemovies/miniseries and feature films, as well as additional television series categories such as comedy and drama. As always – in addition to general categories that are open to both independent and established media producers – the Awards offer student categories tailored to all levels of education. Now more than ever, there’s a category for everyone!

The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards offer real opportunities for budding screen content creators to engage a vast audience, and to network with industry professionals. Our website hosts a page promoting each of the finalists’ productions. Plus, we run audience choice competitions for the student categories and a National Screenings Tour during the following year.

Selected winners and finalists from the 2017 Awards (including all finalists in the student categories) can be streamed online at

Entries for the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards close in less than 1 month’s time:
midday AEST, Friday 1 June 2018.



The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards will recognise film and media excellence through two distinct awards ceremonies: the Student Awards Presentation on Wednesday 14 November and the Tertiary & Industry Awards Night on Thursday 29 November.

The Student Awards Presentation includes the announcement of the winners of the primary and secondary school student categories, as well as a showing of all the winning student films on the big screen.

The Tertiary & Industry Awards Night is for screen-industry personnel (and tertiary students) and is a great opportunity for emerging and independent producers, directors, cinematographers, composers, songwriters, game/multimedia producers, etc. to mingle with established Australian and New Zealand screen-content creators. Last year, the event was hosted by the always-entertaining Brian Nankervis from RocKwiz and was attended by representatives from Australia’s leading broadcasters and screen-funding bodies.


The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards National Screenings Tour comprises free screenings of recent ATOM Awards content across metropolitan and regional Australia and New Zealand.

The 2018 National Screenings Tour selections are available to schools free of charge. The tour provides opportunities for students and the general public to access screening programs comprising locally sourced screen content from students, emerging producers and established media professionals.

More details are available at


The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has created some excellent and free filmmaking and animation resources, specifically for primary and secondary teachers and their students. Media Lab is an extensive website providing accessible media arts resources including videos and downloadable PDFs.

To learn more about the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards, please visit

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