As a class, group or year level you are to create a video based product that promotes abstinence and/or demand reduction/prevention for people under 21 years of age.

This can be still shot graphics, performance art, music videos, filmed poetry, interviews or a fully acted drama, whatever format your creativity takes you – however the final product must be in video format. The finished product must be no shorter than 60 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes in duration.

Details on Video submissions: ( Rules, Specs and Score Card )

Production Format: As mentioned the video product submitted must not be shorter than 60 seconds or longer than 300 seconds in duration. Any product outside these time parameters is automatically ineligible.

The following formats are accepted, but film must not be any greater than 500 MB (MOV, AVI, MP4, MPEG4, WMV, FLV, MPEGPS, 3GPP, WebM)

Name Format: School Name_Teacher/lead filmmaker name_#NotEvenOnce

Multiple entries are permitted per school, but must be entered separately

Non-Student characters are permitted if required, but must be engaged under direction of student filmmaker. 

Score Card:

The Judging Panel and Dalgarno Institute hold the authority to determine the winning films. No dispute will be entered into the Judging Panel and/or Dalgarno Institute’s final decision.

1) Production Quality: (Judging weight 20%)

• Production/Technical quality (camera, effects, directing/acting),

• Creativity (uniqueness/creativity (not stealing an idea), types of shots)

• Story/Structure (start, beginning and end, ability to tell story, does it make sense? does it have a destination?)

• Overall visual appeal

• Soundtrack

2) Production Components: Judges will then be looking for film products that complete the following narrative priorities. (in order of importance)

a) Best promotion of demand reduction and prevention of AOD use (judging weight 25%)

b) Best promotion of protection of peers (judging weight 25%)

c) Best challenge of negative peer pressure/promotion of positive peer pressure (judging weight 20%)

d) Uses the most number of students in production (judging weight 5%)

e) Has a humour component (judging weight 5%)

Scoring Matrix

Once, and if the submissions to the competition have met all eligibility criteria, then judging commences.

The judging panel, (hitherto known as ‘the panel’) in their deliberations, are required to use the ‘scoring matrix’ as part of their assessment.

Scores are given by judges on each of the key components outlined in production criteria.

A Score of 1-5 may be given by the panel on the production quality/component 

An Example in action:

First Prize Pool (total cash prize available to win) is $10,000.

1) Production Quality: Judging weight 20% of $10,000 = $2,000.

Judges Score for this was 4 out of 5 = $1600

2) Production Components:

a) best promote demand reduction and prevention of AOD use: Judging weight 25% of $10,000 = $2500

Judges score for this was 3 out of 5 = $1,500

b) best promote protection of peers: Judging weight 25% of $10,000 = $2,500

Judges Score for this component was 5 out of 5 = $2,500

c) best challenge negative peer pressure/promote positive peer pressure: Judging weight 20% of $10,000 = $2000

Judges Score for this component was 2 out of 5 = $800

d) use the most number of students in production: Judging weight 5% of $10,000 = $500

Judges Score for this component was 5 out of 5 = $500

e) have a humour component: Judging weight 5% of $10,000 = $500

Judges Score for this component was 3 out of 5 = $300

Total Prize awarded = 1 ($1600) + 2a ($1500) + 2b ($2500) + 2c ($800) + 2d ($500) + 2e ($300) = $7,200 for your school plus 10 x $100 iTune Vouchers for students plus "I wish I never" curriculum for your school

*This formula is adjusted for lesser percentage prize components.

Eligibility: Specifications and Expectations of Competition

  1. All productions must have been completed with full permission and knowledge of attending school to compete.

  2. All productions must be produced, that is written/scripted, directed and technically completed by students. Assistance from teachers and parents must be limited to non-creative aspects of the production.

  3. School must have conducted at least one #NotEvenOnce® seminar in 2018 and students creating film must be present during the #NotEvenOnce® delivery prior to competition entry.

  4. All productions must be submitted for exclusive use of the #NotEvenOnce School Film competition. There must not be any prior release of the product in any public viewing or screening including, online, social media and/or public events/forums, prior to completion of the competition. Breach of this element incurs immediate ineligibility.

  5. All entries must adhere to the PG Rating (Parental Guidance) as set out in the Guidelines for the Classification of Films (2012) - Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995. The Guidelines are publicly available at the Australian Classification Board website ( Films that do not comply with the PG Classification Guidelines will not be deemed as valid entries and therefore will not be screened or judged in the 2018 competition.

  6. All necessary permissions, authorities and licences must be obtained for the use of equipment (such as vehicles, machinery, firearms and chemicals) as props during film making. The Dalgarno Institute/Teen Challenge Australia is not responsible for seeking or obtaining proof for such authorities for the purpose of judging, distributing, or presenting films entered into the competition.

  7. Copyright -  In relation to copyright of all visual materials and music, all necessary permissions, authorities, licences, consents, releases and waivers from third parties who own the third-party material and intellectual property therein must be obtained by the entrant and submitted with the entry via the online entry submission page. Obtaining these permissions, authorities, licences, consents, releases and waivers is not the responsibility of Dalgarno Institute/Teen Challenge Australia. The Dalgarno Institute/Teen Challenge Australia will not accept responsibility for consequences arising from films screened without copyright in all visual materials and music, all necessary permissions, authorities, licences, consents, releases and waivers; such consequences will be passed over to the filmmakers and/or School.

  8. Award Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the awards as well as other promotional events if required. 


  1. Rights of use of material – Whilst copyright of your product remains yours, for the  competition Dalgarno Institute and Teen Challenge reserves the right to use the entries for any purpose they choose. Acknowledgements of the creators of the video work will be part of that usage policy.

  2. Productions/Films may be screened to the public in various capacities including Dalgarno Institute and Teen Challenge Websites, YouTube, television, social media, public film screenings and other channels.

  3. The competition hosts reserve the right to screen the films without seeking additional permission from entrants.

  4. Competition hosts will not provide payment to any entrant for the public or private screening of films entered into the competition. Dalgarno Institute and Teen Challenge does not receive payment from the organisers of public events where competition entries may be screened.

  5. Entry to the #NotEvenOnce® School Film competition is not a guarantee that the material will be screened and Dalgarno Institute and Teen Challenge Australia (Competition Hosts) reserves the right to choose which films will be screened.

  6. If finalists wish to attend the screenings and/or the Awards Event (if staged), all travel costs are at their own expense. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law.

  7. Competition Hosts are not liable and do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct, indirect or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained by a participant or Award Winner. For clarification, a participant means anyone involved in the making of the film.