What is the Little Fish Films competition?

The Little Fish Film competition is an activity linked to the World Fisheries Congress 2020 (WFC2020) which will be held in Adelaide, in September 2021 (date and venue to be confirmed). 

The competition is open to school students from any country, aged 9 to 13 years old, guided by their teachers. By harnessing participants’ competitive spirit, and creative energy, the competition connects and educates participants and audiences around the theme of the congress ‘Sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries’.

It provides primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to make a 120-second short film or animation, and win fantastic prizes in the process.

Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is coordinating the competition.


People around the world depend on aquatic environments – oceans, rivers, lakes, estuaries, ponds, for food. These environments are also home to weird and wonderful creatures that terrify and amaze.

How does your community connect with the world underwater? Do you dive, do you fish, or do you just love a seafood feast? How can we keep it clean and safe for the future?

The Little Fish Films competition is on opportunity to tell us a story about the aquatic environment and how you and your community connect with it.

To expand on the Congress’s theme, the competition has three main themes around which you can build your film, they are:

  1. What are fisheries to your community?
    • Culture
    • Economics
    • Sustenance
  2. The future of seafood
  3. Looking after our aquatic environment


ImageEntrants will be eligible to win win a seafood adventure which will be dependent upon their location. This may be a day with a fisher, visiting an aquaculture facility, a trip to a marine discovery centre or other similar activity.

The best films will be screened at the World Fisheries Congress 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Stay tuned as we announce what they are.


The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) invests in research, development and extension activities to increase economic, social and environmental benefits for Australian fishing and aquaculture, and the wider community.

World Fisheries Congress 2020

Held every four years, the World Fisheries Congress 2020 (WFC2020) is the key international fisheries conference.

The 8th WFC2020 will be the largest gathering of research, industry and management sectors to discuss the latest advances in fisheries world-wide.

It aims to foster cooperation and engagement in commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries. The congress provides insightful presentations and inspiring forums on key developments needed to ensure the future sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers.