Nintila 5-Minute Phone Film Competition

GALC runs an annual competition called the ‘Nintila: 5-Minute Phone Film Competition’.

Nintila is a film competition with a difference. Each film must be shot and edited on a phone and be between 3 and 5 minutes in length. Competition rules are that 50% of the dialogue, subtitles or hand signs in the film must be in a Goldfields Aboriginal language. The only other rule is that the film must be G or PG rated for showing in public.

In 2020, entries for Nintila are due by 4pm Friday 26th of June 2020. Competition winners will be announced on GALC’s Facebook page on Friday 10th July 2020.

Watch out for the entry form on here late April 2020!


There are 4 prizes of $1,000 each.

These are the categories:

☐ Category 1 : Youth aged 16 to 22                $1,000 prize

☐ Category 2:  Women aged 23+                   $1,000 prize

☐ Category 3 :  Men aged 23+                        $1,000 prize

☐ Category 4 :  People’s choice film              $1,000 prize


Phone Film Making and Editing Tips

Phone Filming Tips

  1. Horizontal filming-Don’t shoot vertical footage, only horizontal
  2. Stable filming– Use a tripod or rest your elbows on a stationary object to get rid of wobbles.
  3. Zoom– Do not use the zoom on your phone as it will make poor quality film
  4. Light-Be aware of the light, use a light if inside, face people to the sun, make sure people’s eyes can be seen, use a piece of white or silver cardboard to light up someone’s face if there are too many shadows.
  5. Automatic features-If you use the automatic detect and exposure, lock these in so all filming has the same appearance
  6. Sound– stand close to the subject to catch the sound, be aware of wind on the phone’s microphone
  7. Slow motion and time lapse-don’t overuse these. Use for short interesting bits only
  8. Permission-make sure everyone has given permission to be in the shot.
  9. Background-have a look around and check what is in the background of your shot. For example, is there a toilet in the background, a personal document, a dead animal etc
  10. Length of shot-make sure you hold a shot for a minimum of 3 to 4 seconds.
  11. Panning- If you make a panning shot using your camera, make sure the camera is stable, focus on one person or item, pan slowly and carefully following that person or item, position yourself so you can complete the pan from start to finish without moving.
  12. Shoot lots of footage-shoot lots and lots more footage than you think you will need.
  13. People- Provide a mirror for people you are going to film- do they need to wipe a sweaty face, fold a shirt collar out, brush hair off their face, tuck in a bra strap, lift their head up more so you can see their eyes? Help people present themselves well as they will be shown on a big screen at the competition.

Phone Editing : Mojo apps (mobile journalism)

There are a number of phone editing apps available to use. The best ones will cost around $20. If you need advise on which app to use, give us a call at GALC (08)9021 3788