2nd Annual

Campfire Film Festival

May 10, 2014 to May 10, 2014

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Campfire Film Foundation
Suite eight, The Alma Complex
663 Victoria Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: 61 3 9005 5415

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Best Art, Literacy and Media
Films that explore the expression of ideas in the arts.
These films can push the boundaries of genre and form: documentary, drama, animation, music video, digital story, experimental. Above all, we look here for quality, because films in this category will often be used by teachers to showcase exemplary work to students. The lives of contemporary artists, musicians, and adaptations of books & writings — including ‘the classics’ — are also very much sought after by teachers in this category.
Best Civics, Philosophy & Religion
Films that explore how we live with ourselves, and how we live with each other in a fair and just world. These are the kinds of film Campfire was founded on, encouraging discussion on the biggest questions of life, and can include religious, spiritual or faith-based themes. Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to mean “serious”. Comedy is a style we encourage in this, as in all categories. There’s also plenty of scope here for exploring the lives of famous leaders of spiritual, religious or philosophical thought and practice down through the ages.

Best Health and Wellbeing
Films for comfort and hope. Themes in this category can include relationships, identity, bullying, body-image, resilience, physical and mental wellbeing and human kindness. The kinds of films we look for here will generally be more positive than in the Literacy, Art and Media category. Teachers who use Campfire films and resources often support students of different ages, personalities and intellectual abilities, including those students needing real help and guidance due to some tough daily realities. As with all films, we’re not looking for the ‘how to’, but in this category we encourage positive role modelling, and the uplifting side of life.

Best History, Geography, Economics & Business
Films exploring society. Themes in this category should bring to the life for students the vivid realities of the world – historical events, people, places, geographical issues, political ideas and the way that business and economics is not just about money. We tend to avoid films that ‘teach’ and look instead for those that will generate discussion and leave students wanting to find out more.
Best Non-English Language
Films in a language other than English. We are particularly looking for films in Asian languages, but common European languages taught in (English-speaking) schools are most welcome too. Being an Australian-based organisation, we require all films made in a non-English language to have English subtitles.
Best Science, Numeracy and Technology
Films exploring the depth and breadth of the sciences. Here we aim to find films that put the wonder and ‘magic’ back into what are often thought of as just fact-based subjects. In subjects like maths in particular, we want to equip teachers with inspirational ideas on those days when a student asks, “why are we doing this?” Science, technology and numbers can be every bit as exciting and passion-filled as the ‘human’ sciences.
Australian Indigenous Award
Films that explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. These particularly relate to teachers in Australian schools looking for resources to support the National Curriculum. Being ‘cross-curricular’, they can relate to any subject matter, including the sciences (eg. Aboriginal astronomy) and we look for distinctive Indigenous voices and perspectives.
Spirit of Asia Award

Films that explore Asia’s people, histories and cultures. These particularly relate to teachers in Australian schools looking for resources to support the National Curriculum “Asia and Australia’s relationship with Asia”. It can include films that make no reference to Australia, but have a distinctive Asian voice and perspective. We want to help students to get beyond the stereotype, for example, that Japanese film is only about Manga.

Sustainability Award
Films that explore issues of sustainability and the environment. These particularly relate to teachers in Australian schools looking for resources to support the National Curriculum. Being ‘cross-curricular’, they can relate to any learning area, including economics, business and the sciences. In this category, we particularly look for positive films. This is a difficult area to teach because, as one teacher told us, “so much about the reality of it all just seems so depressing!”


The Campfire Film Festival is the flagship event of the Australian-based Campfire Film Foundation. Campfire aims to bring the creativity of independent filmmakers to school audiences around the world for promoting understanding and respect.

Campfire builds on the idea that "the mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled" (Plutarch), and rewards short films that help share life's insights across all learning areas in schools.

Campfire's mission is two-fold:
1) to spark honest discussion of meaningful personal and social issues – be they spiritual, cultural, or philosophical – through the use of quality short films
2) to encourage filmmakers to engage with these issues and create meaningful content


Established in 2006, Campfire is a growing and independent place for sharing life's insights.

The Campfire Film Foundation operates a hybrid festival; part online, part live, and an innovative channel into schools, where young lives are touched. We believe that for too long, “educational films” have been focused on dry facts, yet what students often miss out on are ways to get inspired about life and learning. We want films that touch people deeply on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.

- updated rotate launched every three months
- includes essays from subject-area experts and representatives of a diverse range of ideological and religious viewpoints

- run bi-annually (next is May 2014)
- independently judged by the Australian Film Critics Association
- offer cash prizes

In 2011, Campfire began operating as a social enterprise, allowing schools to pay for membership to access the films in its festivals. 50% of and profit goes back to filmmakers, while the remaining funds further the work: promoting quality films on meaningful issues for honest discussion.

WAB members can enter the Awards Festival only, but can also opt to join the school distribution platform at any time.


Richard Leigh (Director); Tracy Bell (Business Operations Manager)


Campfire is designed for short films which generate stimulating and constructive discussion about issues of meaning -- whether spiritual, cultural or philosophical. A film will be considered for the Campfire Awards Festival if it meets the following general criteria:

1. It promotes constructive thought or discussion about life issues
2. It does not incite violence or hatred towards any religion, faith or ideology
3. It is longer than 1minute and shorter than 11minutes duration


1. Legal contract
1.1 By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, You are entering into a legally binding contract with Campfire.
1.2 This contract is created at the time that you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

2. Submission of Film
2.1 You will submit the Film to Campfire by uploading the Film online onto the Website in the Acceptable Format, and will at the same time provide the Specified Information.
2.2 If you fail to:
(a) upload the Film within 7 days of the date of this contract; or
(b) provide the Specified Information by the earlier of:
(i) 24 hours after uploading the Film; or
(ii) within 7 days of the date of this contract,
then this contract will automatically terminate at the end of the 7 days.
2.3 If you upload the Film and it is not in the Acceptable Format, then this contract will automatically terminate upon Campfire becoming aware of the Film not being in the Acceptable Format. Campfire will notify You by email if this occurs.
2.4 If the Film is in the Acceptable Format, then Campfire may at any time assess the Film against the Criteria, and in its discretion reject the film if it reasonably believes the Film to not meet the Criteria. Campfire will notify You by email if this occurs. This contract will terminate upon such notification being given.
2.5 If this contract has been terminated under clause 2.2, 2.3 or 2.4 then you may enter into a new contract by agreeing to these Terms and Conditions again. If this contract has been terminated under clause 2.3 or 2.4 then you can modify the Film before resubmitting it so that it complies with the Acceptable Format and Criteria.

3. Use of Film – Film Festival
3.1 Campfire conducts periodic film festivals of Films that have been submitted.
3.2 The Film will be entered into Campfire’s next film festival.
3.3 Campfire:
(a) will judge the Film, utilising one or more judges appointed by Campfire;
(b) may select the Film for shortlisting;
(c) may select the Film as an outright or category Winner or Placegetter; and
(d) may in its absolute discretion award prizes, certificates and/or trophies in its absolute discretion to films that have been shortlisted or selected as outright or category Winners or Placegetters; and
(e) will notify You if the Film has been shortlisted or selected as an outright or category Winner or Placegetter.
3.4 Selection of shortlisted, Winner and Placegetter films under clause 3.3 will be based wholly on skill and will not contain any element of chance.

4. Clause 4 omitted for WAB entry

5. Clause 5 omitted for WAB entry

6. Clause 6 omitted for WAB entry

7. Supplier’s warranties
7.1 You warrant that:
(a) You are the maker of the Film for the purpose of section 98 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth);
(b) You are the owner of the copyright in the Film;
(c) You have not granted another person a licence with respect of the Film that would preclude you from entering into this contract;
(d) You own the copyright in, or have express authorisation to use, any literary work (including any lyrics of music), musical work, dramatic work, artistic work, sound recording or cinematograph film comprised in the Film;
(e) You have appropriately and correctly attributed authorship of any literary work, musical work, dramatic work or artistic work comprised in the Film;
(f) You have not falsely attributed the performership of any person appearing in the Film;
(g) the Film does not contain an unauthorised use of a performance within the meaning of Part XIA of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth);
(h) all information submitted by You to Us is true and correct.
7.2 For the purposes of clause 7.1, terms defined under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) have the same meaning.
7.3 You indemnify Campfire, its officers, employees, agents, assignees and licensees, against any loss, damage or cost arising from a claim by a third party that:
(a) its copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, confidential information or moral rights have been infringed by the Film or by Campfire in exercising its rights under clauses 3 or 4;
(b) arises from circumstances that breach any of the warranties in clause 7.1.

8. Termination
8.1 We may terminate this contract at any time by giving you notice.
8.2 You may terminate this contract at any time by giving Us 14 days Notice.
8.3 Upon termination, but subject to clause 8.4, we will withdraw the Film from any film festival that has not yet been finally judged.
8.4 Notwithstanding clause 8.3, if the scheduled screening or broadcast of the Film is no more than 30 days after the date of termination, and We, our sub-contractor or licensee has already named the Film in publicity or advertising for the screening of the Film, then the Film may be screened or broadcast in the intended manner.

9. Notices
9.1 A notice required or permitted to be given by one party to another under this contract must be in writing, addressed to the other party and:
(a) handed to that party’s representative;
(b) delivered to that party’s address;
(c) sent by pre-paid mail to that party’s address;
(d) transmitted by facsimile to that party’s facsimile number; or
(e) transmitted by email to that party’s email address.
9.2 A notice giving to a party in accordance with the preceding sub-clause above shall be treated as having been duly given and received:
(a) if handed to the party’s representative, immediately;
(b) if delivered to a party’s address, on the day of delivery;
(c) if sent by pre-paid mail, on the third day after posting;
(d) if transmitted by facsimile to a party’s facsimile number and a correct and complete transmission report is received, on the day of transmission; or
(e) if transmitted by email to a party’s email address and no error or bounce-back message is received, on the day of transmission.
9.3 If a notice is delivered or transmitted under clause 9.2(b), 9.2(d) or 9.2(e) on a day that is not a Business Day or after 4.30 pm on a Business Day, then it will be deemed to have been delivered or transmitted at 9 am on the next Business Day.
9.4 For the purposes of this clause:
(a) the address, facsimile number and email address of Us are:
Suite 1, The Alma Complex
663 Victoria Street
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067, Australia
Facsimile number:
61 (3) 9429 6168
Email address:
(b) the address, facsimile number and email address of You are as provided in the Specified Information:

10. Governing law
This contract shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws for the time being in force in the State of Victoria, Australia and the parties agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts and Tribunals of that State.

11. Dispute Resolution
11.1 If a dispute arises out of or relates to this contract a party to this contract may not commence any court proceedings relating to the dispute unless it has complied with this clause, except where the party seeks urgent interlocutory relief.
11.2 (a) the party claiming the existence of a dispute must give written notice to the other parties specifying the nature of the dispute;
(b) on receipt of that notice the parties must endeavour in good faith to resolve the dispute expeditiously, and if requested by any party, shall resort to mediation;
(c) in the event of resort being had to mediation, the parties must appoint a mediator and agree on the mediator’s remuneration. If the parties fail to agree on the appointment then either party may apply to the President of the Law Institute of the Victoria or the President’s nominee to appoint a mediator and determine the mediator’s remuneration;
(d) the parties must observe the instructions of the mediator about the conduct of the mediation;
(e) if the dispute is not resolved within 10 days after the mediator is appointed, or any other time that the parties agree to in writing, the mediation ceases;
(f) each party must pay an equal share of the cost of the mediation to the mediator and each party agrees to indemnify the mediator against liability in respect of the mediation of the dispute;
(g) if the dispute is resolved, each party must observe the terms of the resolution and the terms are binding on the parties and override the terms of this Agreement to the extent that there is any conflict;
(h) the mediation procedure is confidential and any written statements prepared for the mediator or for a party and any discussion between the parties and between the parties and the mediator before or during the mediation procedure cannot be used in any legal proceedings.

12. Dictionary
In this Agreement, unless stated to the contrary:
12.1 “Acceptable Format” means a non-password protected electronic file:
(a) in MOV, MP4, M4V, AVI or WMV format;
(b) of minimum 640 x 480 pixels resolution;
(c) of minimum bitrate 1000 kilobits per second;
(d) of at least 25 frames per second;
(e) of 16:9 aspect ratio;
(f) of no more than 10 minutes and 59 seconds in duration;
(g) of no more than 250 MB.
12.2 “Business Day” means any day other than Saturdays on which banks are open for business in Metropolitan Melbourne.
12.3 “Campfire”, “Us” and “We” means Campfire Film Festival Inc (Victorian incorporated association A0051293P) of 663 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067, Australia.
12.4 “Criteria” means:
(a) the Film has been classified under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth), or is exempt from classification under that Act;
(b) the Film has not been refused classification or been assessed as X-rated;
(c) the Film is accompanied by the Specified Information.
12.5 “Film” means the film described in Item 2 of the Schedule.
12.6 “Placegetter” means a film judged as the second best or third best.
12.7 “Specified Information” means:
(a) your name full name;
(b) your residential or office address (may not be a post office box);
(c) your preferred postal address (may be a post office box);
(d) your facsimile number (if any);
(e) your email address;
(f) your age;
(g) the title of the Film;
(h) a synopsis of the Film not exceeding 400 characters;
(i) the classification (if any) of the Film under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth);
(j) the basis of any confirmed or claimed exemption from classification under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth); and
12.8 “Website” means Campfire’s website at http://www.campfire.org.au.
12.9 “Winner” means a film judged as the best.