Schools' short film competition winners announced

Media release

14 September 2018

The red carpet was rolled out at the Hoyts Blacktown Theatre Complex for the Gala Premiere to announce that students from William Carey Christian School tied for first place with Muirfield High School in the Sydney Water ‘Brand Without a Bottle’ short film competition.

Brand Without a Bottle invites students from across Sydney to use their creative skills to write compelling short scripts and storyboards to persuade people to choose tap water and help reduce plastic waste.

From a total of 45 entries, six finalist schools worked with a leading Sydney creative agency to learn the finer skills of filming and producing their entries as short films.

The night was the exciting culmination for 1,300 students who spent the term studying the quality of Sydney’s tap water and discovering the real truth behind bottled water as part of the NSW English syllabus – Persuasive Communications. The winners were selected by an expert judging panel, which included Craig Reucassel from the popular ABC War on Waste series and by popular vote. Over 12,000 votes were received via an online voting system.

Liz Minor, Senior Education Advisor at Sydney Water congratulated the winning schools.

“I am continually amazed by the creativity and passion the students showed for tap water. Brand Without a Bottle was a great opportunity to celebrate the students’ creative ideas and use their voices, rather than ours, to promote tap water and shift perceptions of bottled water.”

The top four schools each won funds for water related projects or learning resources and all six finalist schools receive a water refill station and refillable water bottles.

Plastic water bottles take anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years to breakdown and are among the ten most common rubbish items picked up on Clean up Australia Day. Sydney Water removes over 1 million plastic bottles from local waterways each year.

Runners up in Brand Without a Bottle were James Ruse Agricultural High School, 3rd place went to Hawkesbury High School and the other two finalists were Chifley College Shalvey Campus and Hurlstone Agricultural High School.

Ms Minor added “Australians purchased over a billion plastic water bottles in 2017. By sharing their story about the problems associated with plastic water bottles and encouraging people to choose tap water, these schools are inspiring our community to change and reduce plastic waste.”

To find out more about the Brand Without a Bottle short film competition visit: