In honouring those who have served and continue to serve and in ensuring the legacy of the ANZAC spirit, Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL is asking local schools and students what ANZAC day means to them through a short film competition.

The inaugural Press Pause Film Festival (PPFF) is for students and local schools to create up to 4 minute films that tell the story of what the ANZAC spirit means. Films can be documentary or fiction, with eight categories covering primary and high school students. All entries to the competition will be invited to a showing of the films on Sunday 28 April with winning entries announced and screened at the Club as part of ANZAC Day commemorations, Thursday 25 April. Entries close 29 March 2019.


 Years K - 2  Years K - 2
 Years 3 - 6  Years 3 - 6
 Years 7 - 10  Years 7 - 10
 Years 10 - 12  Years 10 - 12


Promo Kit for Schools 
Download our promo kit for some cool posters and flyers to display around your school. There's artwork to use for e-news and on your social media plus we’ve pulled together messages so you can work on helping students create their films. Just copy and paste!
Download here

ANZAC DAY – Did You Know?

ANZAC Day isn’t just about what happened during WWI or WWII, Australian defence forces served and continue to serve in other conflicts, both in times of war and on peacekeeping missions such as Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and more recently in Afghanistan. It’s an important day to recognise those who are serving and to say thanks to all who have served their country.

Despite not being legally allowed to serve, many Aboriginal Australians also volunteered as ANZACs, having to lie about their heritage. Their involvement is still rarely recognised and there is believed around 800-1000 Indigenous soldiers served during WWI. There is a series of street art murals pasted in Redfern depicting Indigenous diggers also known as Black ANZACs.

ANZAC Day is commemorated not just in Australia and New Zealand, but also in Foilley France, the city of Harefield in England, Samoa, the Cook Islands and of course in Gallipoli, Turkey.

A lot of people wear rosemary and / or a poppy on ANZAC Day. Rosemary was chosen as a symbol of the bravery of soldiers during WWI and grows wild on the hillside and cliffs of Gallipoli. The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. The red poppy was the first to flower in the battlefields of France after WWI.

The youngest Australian to enlist in WWI was just 14 years old. Private James Charles (Jim) Martin convinced recruiting that he was 18 years of age, when in fact, at enlistment he was 14 years and three months.

The original ANZAC biscuit, the ANZAC 'tile', was part of army rations given to ANZAC soldiers during WWI. Unlike ANZAC biscuits we get today, ANZAC 'tiles' were hard, a simple cracker made mainly from flour and water as a substitute for bread that does not go mouldy. Soldiers also used the biscuits as paint canvases, photo frames and even to write letters on.

Check out these FREE resources available from the experts

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI)
The Mega Movie Making Guide for kids


Take the trip…
ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney is a stunning dedication of remembrance to Australia’s service men and women and has just been finally completed 84 years following construction of the original building.

Check out the murals featured in the documentary Black ANZAC  in Redfern.

Australian War Memorial is a bit of a drive, however definitely worth it and the website is almost as good as being there.


Click the links below to go to entry forms

Individual or group submission form

Class or school submission form


ANZAC Day screening
Winning entries of the Festival will be screened and announced on ANZAC Day.
Winners will be notified and invited previous to the screening.

Red carpet screening
Filmmakers, family and friends are invited to a special red carpet screening on Sunday 28 April.
Stay tuned for more details! 


Winners from each category will receive a Press Pause film pack worth up to $500 and each participating entry will receive a certificate.

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