Student Film Festival 2023: Year 12 winners

From body dysmorphia to challenging racial stereotypes, the Year 12 shortlist for this year’s Student Film Festival showcases some powerful storytelling talent.

More than 20 student films were shortlisted for this year’s festival.


Here we are pleased to present the winners in the Year 12 category.

Winner (Judge's Award): The Banana In Me

Yan Zi (Rosey) Feng, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School



What the judges had to say
‘A smart, confident film that tackles racist stereotypes in an unsettling yet humourous way, The Banana in Me is filmed using an incredibly personal and claustrophobic approach, with surreal infomercials and film auditions punctuating the film’s weighty themes. The judges found this film to be both thematically and technically impressive.’
– Christine Evely (Head of Education) & Garry Westmore (Senior Producer School Programs), ACMI

Highly commended: I Am

Charli Curtis, Bentleigh Secondary College



What the judges had to say
‘As well as being beautifully shot, this personal and heartfelt short tackles self-esteem, image and identity issues using handwritten notes to symbolise the negative thoughts that can enter our minds, seemingly from nowhere. Though the film can’t possibly solve the issues many young people face, it posits that a shifting our way of thinking can be a step forward in beginning to see ourselves more positively. The judges were impressed by the novel yet considered way that the themes and issues were explored.’
– Christine Evely (Head of Education) & Garry Westmore (Senior Producer School Programs), ACMI

People's Choice Award: All In

Theo Renner, St Michael’s Grammar School


Finalist: IRO

Amelie Dyer, Huntingtower


Finalist: Memories of You

Angelina An, Huntingtower School


Finalist: Nonna's

Paris Piccolo, Firbank Grammar School


Special metions
  • Thalia Katinakis, Firbank Grammar School – Defrost
  • Sarah Mcconnell, Firbank Grammar School – Jimmy
  • Liv Miller, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School – Pressure Pointe
  • Oscar Richards, Huntingtower School – 12:43
  • Meg Smedley, Huntingtower School – Purple Sky


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