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Top Screen

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the unceded land on which we work and present the VCE Season of Excellence; the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. We acknowledge all traditional and ongoing custodians of the lands across Victoria, where students have investigated new creative possibilities and developed their bold artistic works.

Top Screen 2024 applications are open

Applications for Top Screen 2024 are open and will close at 11.59pm, Sunday 22 October 2023.

Short films accepted into Top Screen at ACMI are also included the Top Designs exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Top Screen 2024 Application Form

Top Screen 2023

Top Screen 2023 took place at ACMI from 17 March to 28 April 2023.

15 short films were included in the program, made by VCE Media students from schools across Victoria. You can view the Top Screen 2023 trailer below.

Venue information

ACMI is located at Fed Square, Melbourne, on Flinders St, between Hosier Lane and Swanston St. ACMI has two entrances: one on Flinders Street, and the other in Fed Square in the cobblestoned plaza.

Public Transport
ACMI is accessible via train, tram and bus. The museum is located in Fed Square, which is opposite Flinders Street train station

Paid parking is available at the Fed Square carpark, located on the Russell Street Extension or via the second entrance off Batman Ave. There is also a Wilson Parking at 172/192 Flinders St, which is directly opposite the Flinders Street entrance.


ACMI welcome all visitors and offer access services that may improve your experience at the museum. For further information about access at ACMI go to the museum’s Accessibility page.

Wheelchair Access

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ACMI is fully wheelchair accessible. Accessible lifts are located in a number of places across the Museum. The nearest accessible lift to the Top Screen cinema is located between Tickets & Information desk and the entrance to The Story of the Moving Image exhibition.

Hearing devices

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ACMI cinemas are fitted with assistance hearing devices.

Large Print

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Large Print PDF versions of the Top Screen program will be available once the program is finalised in mid-February. This can be enlarged to suit your visibility requirements. Please print out a copy before you attend the Screening. Also you can choose the Read Aloud software option to convert the text into spoken word, to hear a description of the short films before you attend. Please email to request the program in either PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Service Animals

Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at ACMI.

For more information about venue accessibility, visit the ACMI accessibility webpage

Selection process

The VCE Season of Excellence team at the VCAA organises and facilitates a panel of Media teachers from metropolitan and regional Government, Catholic and Independent Schools to view and shortlist Top Screen applications.

The State Reviewer for Media oversees the panel, ensuring all work is considered fairly and represents best practice according to curriculum. The VCE Season of Excellence team and other VCAA staff members have no input into which films are selected.

After all applications have been viewed and shortlisted, the selection panel meets one final time to select the final program. Factors such as balance, length and copyright status can influence which films are included in the final selection.

Selection criteria for selected works

Works are selected that:

  • are accompanied by a research portfolio, production experiments and media production design
  • demonstrate an understanding of all stages of the Media Production Process through development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution
  • demonstrate critical and creative thinking throughout the Media Production Process
  • demonstrate technical excellence in the use of Media technologies to realise the production design.
  • that demonstrate a range of genres. For example: documentaries, fictional narratives, animations, interactive products, audio products, music videos and hybridised media products.

Educational resources

Download the VCE Season of Excellence Order Form to order Season resources including Top Screen DVDs and Top Designs catalogues from previous years

Films and podcasts

The following resources were produced with past Top Screen filmmakers by the State Reviewer for Media, Brett Lamb.


Ben Head, Top Screen 2017
Kardinia International College
Making 'Quiet'
Duration: 9 minutes 39 seconds

Tessa Himpoo, Top Screen 2017
Lauriston Girls' School
[Insert Child's Name Here]
Making '[Insert Child's Name Here]'
Duration: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Tom Hughes, Top Screen 2017
Northcote High School
Proof or (The Tale of the Legendary Big Shrimp)
Making 'Proof'
Duration: 8 minutes 42 seconds

Jack Wilson-Lee, Top Screen 2016
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
The Panda
Making 'The Panda'
Duration: 7 minutes 58 seconds

James Nolan, Top Screen 2016
Xavier College
Rotten Monster
Making 'Rotten Monster'
Duration: 6 minutes 59 seconds

Bailey Cook, Top Screen 2016
Victory Christian College/Catholic College Bendigo
Making '10'
Duration: 5 minutes 28 seconds

Anna Diacos, Top Screen 2015
Thornbury High School
The Subjects
Making 'The Subjects'
Duration: 6 minutes 59 seconds

Samuel Bennett, Top Screen 2015
Distance Education Centre Victoria/Mount Evelyn Christian School
Making 'Albert'
Duration: 6 minutes 58 seconds


Willem Kingma, Top Screen 2017
Kardinia International College
Not Quite Right
Episode 16: Not Quite Right by Willem Kingma
Duration: 12 minutes 53 seconds

Tom Hughes, Top Screen 2017
Northcote High School
Proof or (The Tale of the Legendary Big Shrimp)
Episode 15: Proof by Tom Hughes
Duration: 10 minutes 28 seconds