Terms and Conditions

  1. Introduction

The Little Fish Films Competition (Competition) is an international competition run and organised by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).


These Terms and Conditions are a legally binding contract between the FRDC and the school named on the Little Fish Films Entry Form (school, you, your).

By submitting a film to the Little Fish Films Competition, or accessing the Competition Facebook page, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.


  1. Purpose of the Competition

The purpose of the Competition is to raise awareness of the 2020 World Fisheries Congress and its four core themes:

  • sustainable fisheries;
  • fish and aquatic ecosystems;
  • fisheries and society; and
  • future of fish and fisheries.

These four core themes have been interpreted into three Competition themes:

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


  1. Prizes and Awards

Films will be judged by a judging panel against the following four criteria:

  • Does the film portray at least one of the three Competition themes?
  • Is the approach the film takes innovative?
  • Is the film engaging?
  • Is the story easy to follow?

The criteria are weighted equally.

The judging panel will be made up of fishery science professionals and fishery stakeholders selected by the FRDC.

First prize is a ‘seafood adventure’ appropriate to the winning class’s geographic location. For example, the winning class may be granted special access to a fishery, a marine centre or business, or other seafood-related activity in the local area. FRDC may require that the school and the students’ care givers enter into a separate agreement before undertaking the activity.

The winning film, as well as the two runners up, will be screened at the World Fisheries Congress.


  1. Eligibility

Films must be created by students aged between 9 and 13 years old who are enrolled in a registered class from a participating school (eligible students). Schools do not need to be located in Australia to be eligible. In your submission, you must identify your school name and class name. Please do not include the names of students or teachers in your film submission.

If multiple classes from your school want to submit a film, you must submit a separate entry form for each class using the entry form at https://littlefishfilms.us.launchpad6.com/.

Films must comply with the Competition rules available at http://littlefilms.fish/enter-comp.


  1. Closing Time (yet to be confirmed due to COVID-19)

The Competition opens at 12:01 am Australian Eastern Daylight saving Time on 1 March 2020.

Films must be submitted by 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Films submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Unless the FRDC has agreed that you can submit your film in another way, films must be submitted through the entry system at https://littlefishfilms.us.launchpad6.com/. If you are having trouble uploading your film, please contact the FRDC at info@littlefilms.fish prior to the closing time.


  1. Content of films

Films must be:

  • at least 60 seconds and no more than 120 seconds;
  • either spoken in English, mute with on-screen text or if filmed in a language other than English, contain English subtitles; and
  • specifically made for this Competition.

Films must contain at least 60 seconds of original video content created by eligible students. Video content can be filmed or it can be created from:

  • slides created by eligible students (with or without on-screen text);
  • photos taken or sourced by eligible students;
  • images created or sourced by eligible students; or
  • images made available by the FRDC for the purposes of the Competition.

Films may contain up to 60 seconds of video content:

  • sourced by eligible students; or
  • made available by the FRDC for the purposes of the Competition (see the Resources section at http://littlefilms.fish/enter-comp). Eligible students may edit this content.

Films may include background music created by eligible students or third parties.

Teachers and guardians may guide students but must not: directly produce or source content for students to use in films; or put together the film.

You are responsible for ensuring that you have the right to use and sublicense any third party content (see Intellectual Property rights and moral rights below). Your film should also credit the author(s) of any third party content. If the author is a student you should only use their full name if you have permission from their guardian (see Privacy below).


  1. Media and promotion activities

The FRDC may publish all films on our website from 30 June 2020.

You can request that your film is not made publicly available by contacting the FRDC at frdc@frdc.com.au. Unless you withdraw your film from the Competition, your film will still be made available to the Competition judges through our password-protected judging portal.

The FRDC may invite eligible students from the classes who received first, and runners up prizes, to participate in activities to promote the Competition and FRDC. This may include:

  • travelling to the 2020 World Fisheries Congress; and
  • being interviewed and/or photographed and filmed by news media.

All communications will be via the school. Any activities will be subject to a separate agreement with the school and the student’s caregivers. This will include agreement about which party will pay any travel costs.


  1. Competition Facebook page

The Competition Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/FRDCAustralia.

You must not, and must ensure that your students do not, post inappropriate, abusive or offensive material on the Competition Facebook page.

The FRDC may:

  • remove posts, comments or website links from the Competition Facebook page that we deem inappropriate, abusive or we consider have the potential to incite aggressive behaviour;
  • block any person from the Competition Facebook page; or
  • where appropriate, disqualify classes or schools from the Competition.

The FRDC is not responsible for, and does not accept any liability for, any content on the Competition Facebook page other than our own authorised posts or content.


  1. Intellectual property rights and moral rights

It is the responsibility of schools to comply with the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) or the equivalent copyright or other intellectual property laws applicable in the country in which your film is made.

Note: The intellectual property rights in original content developed by students will generally be owned by students. Students can licence these intellectual property rights to the school which can, in turn, licence them to the FRDC. Students will also have moral rights (as defined in the Copyright Act). Material (including films) created by teachers in the course of their employment will generally owned by the school. Further information about copyright and moral rights is available in the Teacher’s resources available at http://littlefilms.fish/enter-comp/getting-started.

By submitting a film, the school grants the FRDC a world-wide, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, licence (including the right to sub-license) to:

  • modify in whole or in part the underlying content of the film;
  • make a copy of the original or modified film;
  • cause the original or modified film, in so far as it consists of visual images, to be seen in public, or, in so far as it consists of sounds, to be heard in public in whole or in part; and
  • communicate the original or modified film to the public in whole or in part, in order to promote and support the Competition and the 2020 World Fisheries Congress.

The right to modify includes, without limitation, the right to edit, mix, combine, illustrate, and add special effects and/or other editing techniques to any part of a film.

You are responsible for ensuring that you obtain a Copyright Licence and Waiver of Moral Rights from each eligible student in the form available from http://littlefilms.fish/enter-comp. Given that the eligible students are under 18, this form must be signed by the individual’s caregiver. You are also responsible for ensuring that you have rights to use any third party content included in your film. If we ask you for copies of the Copyright Licence and Waiver of Moral Right or evidence that you are licensed to use any third party content and you do not provide them, we may disqualify your entry.


  1. Privacy

The FRDC manages personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

If your film includes any personal information (as defined in the Privacy Act 1988) that was not made available by the FRDC for the purposes of the Competition, including:

  • names of individual(s)
  • photographs of individual(s)
  • video of individual(s)
  • audio recordings of individual(s); or
  • any image depicting an individual’s likeness, for example, a drawing

then you are responsible for ensuring that you have a signed privacy consent from that individual in the form available from http://littlefilms.fish/. If the individual is under 18 years of age, the form must be signed by the individual’s caregiver. If we ask you for copies of the consent forms and you do not provide them, we may disqualify your entry.

If you choose to include images, footage or voices of Australian indigenous people in your film then, in addition to obtaining privacy consents, you must also ensure that you include appropriate cultural acknowledgements in your film.


  1. Other points to note

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory and any disputes will be heard by the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.

There are some third-party services and content located on the Competition website (http://littlefilms.fish/) and newsletter such as links to research and embedded videos. Third-party services have their own terms and conditions. The FRDC will tell you if there are third-party terms at the location of the third-party services and content.

In order to submit your film to the judges and (where relevant) the 2020 World Fisheries Congress, the FRDC may need to encrypt, encode, decode, compress or decompress your film.

You are responsible for ensuring that your film is not misleading, deceptive or defamatory. The FRDC reserves the right to disqualify any films that contain obscene or indecent content, offensive language or potentially insulting, inflammatory or libellous statements. The FRDC may, but is not required to, give the entrant an opportunity to resubmit the film with the inappropriate content removed.

All decisions made by the judging panel are final.

Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash or any other value.

The FRDC will take reasonable steps to contact the first prize winner using the details provided by you. If the first prize winner does not respond within 30 days of the FRDC’s first attempt at contacting the school, the FRDC may select an alternative winner.

The FRDC reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Without limiting the foregoing, the FRDC may require prize winners to verify that all participants were eligible students by providing evidence of their year, age and enrolment status.

While this is an international Competition, there may be some circumstances where the FRDC is not able to accept films from your country. For further details see https://dfat.gov.au/international-relations/security/sanctions/Pages/sanctions.aspx

The FRDC will defend you if a third party claims that you or your students have infringed their intellectual property by using video content made available by FRDC for the purposes of this Competition. The FRDC is not otherwise responsible or liable for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment that may be suffered in relation to your participation in the Competition or in accepting a prize.

The FRDC does not accept responsibility for any problems that may occur in relation to the production or submission of your film. This includes damage to your or any other person’s computer caused by downloading any materials made available by the FRDC for the purposes of the Competition.