Young Australian Film Festival

Young Australian Film Festival

As young filmmakers we realised that despite the wide range of film schools across Australia, there were very few film festivals dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging young filmmakers,…

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Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Jul 31, 2024

Location

Victoria

Artform

Film

As young filmmakers we realised that despite the wide range of film schools across Australia, there were very few film festivals dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging young filmmakers, when compared to countries around the world. there are some current Australian festivals these events can be both prohibitive and expensive for young filmmakers trying to make a living, as well as intimidating when having to compete with professionals who have years of experience when compared to young filmmakers just starting out.

As a result of these challenges we created the Young Australian Film Festival, an event for young Australian filmmakers to showcase their work in a forum that is:
(i) Affordable for those who are unable to enter some of the larger festivals,
(ii) Accessible to diverse filmmakers from all walks of film,
(iii) Creating a supportive and inclusive environment where creatives can
submit their work without the threat of having to compete with more
experienced filmmakers.

We aim to launch this inaugural event on 21st September 2024 with the vision to
celebrate the future of Australian filmmaking and the young talent that Australia has to
offer with our mission to create a platform for the next generation of filmmakers.

YAFF will be exhibiting films created by Young Australians nationwide (Under 28). The
festival also has international categories and will feature films from other countries as
well as Australia, with all the categories for outstanding excellence stated below:

– Directing
– Actor
– Actress
– Writing
– Cinematography
– Production Design
– Editing
– Sound
– Documentary

Special Awards: These awards are open to creatives from any fields to celebrate films
that explore diversity and the ideas of storytellers who haven’t had as strong a platform
to express their voices:

– Under 18s Award
– People’s Choice Award
– Women’s Category
– LGBTQIA+ Category
– International Film/Foreign Language
– First nation and Torres Strait Islanders

(Please note that these special awards are their own category and do not make you eligible for any of the other individual awards)

All nominated films are immediately eligible for the coveted ‘Best Short Film’ Award. All winners will receive a YAFF Trophy, as well as other awards and prizes that will be announced closer to the date of event.

For more information, visit Young Australian Film Festival