Ground Stories: Short Documentary Film Project

Ground Beneath Our Feet Short Doco Film Project

The Opportunity

Perth Festival is calling for creative proposals from secondary students in years 9, 10, 11 or 12 for short documentary films that respond to the provocation ‘the ground beneath our feet’.

Presented with the generous support of Screenwest, the program provides selected students the opportunity to be mentored by a creative film producer and work with a professional film crew to create a short documentary that explores their response to the provocation. The completed films will be screened during Perth Festival’s Lotterywest Films season at UWA Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines and seen by thousands of people.

Last year, the four short documentaries made reached a combined audience of almost 20,000 people. Since their premieres, the films have been shown at the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, South Korea, Adelaide International Youth Film Festival and Minikino at Bali International Short Film Festival, Indonesia. 


In term 3 and 4 2018, Perth Festival will send a mentor film-maker and professional documentary film crew to work with groups of two to five high school students to create five-minute documentary films. The purpose of the project is to explore distinctly Western Australian stories told by the voices of diverse young Western Australians.

The inspiration for this project is Perth Festival 2019’s Opening Event Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak. Created in 2017 Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak explores the interconnectedness of all life through both western science and Noongar knowledge of caring for Country. It explores the stories of ancient south Western Australia and its land formations and celebrates the beauty of the six seasons of our home. It signifies the urgency in which these areas are endangered and asks everyone to make a difference by caring for the ground beneath our feet.

Students’ films concepts should explore their proximate environment drawing inspiration from the provocation ‘the ground beneath our feet’. Proposals from regional WA are strongly encouraged.

Students will work with a creative producer to develop, storyboard and shoot their film over an intensive week-long program during term 3 or 4 2018. They will build film-making skills and develop understandings of storytelling, investigation, research and editing.

Filming may take place outside of school hours, including weekends and after school. In order to participate in the project, the school must accept that duty of care of students rests with school staff at all times during the project. 

Applications for this project have now closed. 

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