In 2016,  APPA conducted a pilot program, limited to just Wilderness School, and students at other schools invited by Wilderness.  

Interest in APPA's 2016 Schools Short Film Competition also came from students at Pulteney Grammar and at Walford.

In 2016, students were invited to submit short films that would be judged:

“…according to the degree to which they convince the judges that the Adelaide Park
Lands are worth preserving for future generations to be accessible and for the use of
all. The potential of the films to entertain while raising awareness of the uniqueness
of the Adelaide Park Lands will also be considered, as will creative excellence and

The five short-listed finalists were screened at an awards ceremony at Wilderness on Friday 9 September.    Fittingly, four of the five finalists were from Wilderness.   The competition unearthed not only some talented young film-makers, but also a passion in the next generation to protect our city's rare heritage.

Overall winner, Mirelle Galagher, is pictured above receiving her $500 winner's cheque from APPA President Ian Gilfillan after the screening of her entry "Our Adelaide Parklands"

Runner-up prizes were provided courtesy of sponsors Kojo and Shane McNeil

A full list of the 2016 finalists and their awards, together with the judges' comments is available here.

We have uploaded the winning short film. and the first runner-up to APPA's YouTube Channel.
and provided links below.

We intend to follow up, in due course, with a new Schools Engagement Program that hopefully will have a broader focus.   We would like to encourage students at several schools with initiatives such as:

  • Debating
  • Literary Prize
  • Student Research Projects