Wakakirri Story-Dance Video Challenge

This event has been established for 2020 only to allow any school that has created a Story-Dance or planning to create a Story-Dance to continue to participate. The performance is filmed at your school with the end result looking look a like a filmed version of a traditional Story-Dance Live performance.

Important Dates

  • 18th September – Registrations close 
  • 16th October – Video upload due 
  • 12th November – Results announced
  • 16th November – Feedback & certificates


$30 per entry

Rules & Guidelines

  1. Cost is $30 per entry
  2. Maximum of 3 entries per school
  3. Performance duration must be a minimum of three (3) minutes and a maximum of seven (7) minutes in length. Timing of the performance begins with the first sound and/or movement and concludes with the last sound and/or movement. If your performance exceeds seven minutes, ONLY the first seven (7) minutes will be judged.
  4. You can tell any story you wish. Wakakirri requires schools to gain permission and take special consideration when interpreting indigenous stories or portraying indigenous individuals or images
  5. Schools are invited to incorporate the annual Signature Item “DRAGON” into their Wakakirri entry in a creative way. This is NOT COMPULSORY. Your item will not be judged based on the inclusion of the Signature Item.
  6. Soundtracks used must be PG rated for Secondary Schools & G rated for Primary Schools. Wakakirri reserves the right to make schools remove any content (including soundtracks) that are not correctly rated.
  7. Simple voiceovers/narration can be used but are not recommended. Please note that excessive narration will detract from your item and should be avoided. In general, a clearly performed story will not need additional narration.
  8. All Schools have the option to include live singing and/or projection. You can only sing accompanied by the karaoke or instrumental version NOT the original recording.
  9. You can not change the lyrical content or context of a recording in any way.
  10. There are no restrictions on the sizing of props and sets however the Wakakirri Story-Dance philosophy, where we encourage resourcefulness and minimisation in the design, creation and use of sets, props and costumes, should be considered.
  11. No editing or specific camera skills are required for filming your Story-Dance, (though they are permissible) you will be marked solely on the performance, not on the editing.
  12. You can use a simple ‘one camera shot’ or film your performance with multiple angles/cameras.
  13. You can film your Story-Dance as seperate clips and edit the clips together in order to comply with social distancing regulations where applicable.
  14. Filming location can be indoors such as a school hall/gym or outdoors such as a playground but the location must be static. i,e filmed at the same location for the entire performance.
  15. Teachers must follow the Duty of Care requirements as set out by their respective Departments of Education, including carrying a first aid kit. All production elements must be safe and comply with your State Education Department Guidelines.
  16. Schools must obtain permission from corporations before using their symbols/logos. It is up to each school to seek and gain this approval, forward a copy of this approval to the Wakakirri National Office and retain a record at the school. No still images of any kind can be used unless they are original (i.e created by students for Wakakirri), royalty free or permission has been granted by the owner of those images
  17. Secondary Challenge School performances must be a collaboration of 60:40 between students and teachers to be eligible to win Wakakirri Awards. Teachers are allowed to collaborate with students to create a production. The teacher’s role is to introduce and facilitate ideas with students and guide them as they work towards the end product. The 60:40 rule has been introduced to stop teachers having 100% creative control of a school’s production. Students must have creative input. A teacher is anyone who isn’t a student, working with or directing students. This includes teachers employed at the school and any external teachers, designers, choreographers, etc., who are paid or volunteer their time.

Judging & Results

  • Entries are divided into 2 divisions (Primary & Secondary) as well as seperate categories for each state.
  • The results of the Story Awards, Story of the Year Nominees, and Story of the Year winners will be announced on 12th November
  • The National Reconciliation Story Award and the National Environmental Story Award will also be awarded. Certain criteria must be met – full details can be found in the manual sent via email upon registering.
  • Entries are submitted to our National Panel members who will asses all the submissions. Each entry will receive constructive feedback from a panel member as well as ‘Production and Performance Awards’ that reflect the best aspects of the performance. These are individual and are NOT comparable with other schools. Certificates (Pdfs) will be sent to every school via email on 16th November.
  • Wakakirri recognises that there can often be two schools that are creatively equal but different in style, scale and technique. The Creative Diversity Philosophy encourages Wakakirri panel members to nominate both schools (if appropriate) for a nomination for Story of the Year. This philosophy ensures ‘blockbuster’ and ‘minimalist’ style productions have an equal chance of winning a nomination and promotes creative diversity in Wakakirri schools.