Prizes and criteria


The 6 awards distribute the funds generously donated by the sponsors Clive and Lynlea Rodger. We pay tribute to the generosity of the prize donors and long-time residents of Canberra who have been deeply committed to making faith in God real in everyday life and society. Both rejoice to see the short film prize as a way of encouraging the kind of new engagements sorely needed between faith, social issues of the day, and the human search for meaning.

Entrants can receive more than one prize. The judges award prizes for categories 1 – 5. They do not have to award all prizes.

  • 1. Regional Australia Prize for entries outside a capital City - $500
  • 2. School category (for school students entrants only in Australia) for equipment for school to value of $1000
  • 3. Spiritus Short Film Prize - Winner $2000
  • 4. Spiritus Short Film Prize - Highly Commended $750
  • 5. Spiritus Short Film Prize – Commended $500
  • 6. Spiritus Short Film Prize – People’s Choice $250 (Awarded on the night)
  • Film makers can submit their film to more than one category and can receive more than one prize.


Judging criteria

The Judges of the Spiritus  Short Film Prize makes awards to films and to filmmakers according to the following criteria:

  • High artistic quality

    The judges take into account the artistic talent and technical skill manifested by the director and the film-makers. Films which receive awards should be of high artistic quality.

  • Wisdom for the common good

    The judges encourage films which lend expression to a human viewpoint or stimulate debate, raise audience consciousness of the transcendent dimensions of life and/or portray spiritual values in keeping with the mission of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture expressed in the theme: wisdom for the common good.

  • Human and Planetary flourishing

    The judges encourage films which dramatise human values and contributes to human well-being concerning:

    • respect for human dignity and human rights;
    • solidarity with all kind of minorities, disadvantaged and oppressed people;
    • support for processes for liberation, justice, peace and reconciliation;
    • preserving creation and the environment.
  • Universal impact

    Films which receive awards will be judged as reflecting their local culture and help audiences to respect the language and the images of that culture and at the same time seek a universal impact beyond their national or local context.

  • Inventive expression

    Regarding all the criteria listed above, the judges take into consideration that a film deserves to receive an award if its intention, choice of issues and story-telling have found an adequate, convincing and some inventive expression.