The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) is a celebration of Australian and international screen culture with a distinctive curated program that includes premiere screenings, special events, awards and forums that attract industry and general public.

Adelaide Film Festival - YOUTH is the newest arm of the acclaimed Adelaide Film Festival. Previously known as the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival, this program is designed to showcase and screen the best professionally made and independently made films for a youth audience, complimenting the main program with the same theme but adapted for a younger audience aged 5 to 18.

In 2020 a significant youth program in October will include screenings for schools and families as well as workshops, Q&A's, international pathways for students and active involvement for school teachers. AFF is calling for submissions from local and international filmmakers and is open to feature films, feature documentary, series (single or multiple episodes), short and VR works (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation). These can be any length or genre.

AFF submissions will need to be submitted via FilmFreeway

If you are submitting a film that is best suited for a youth audience (under 18) please submit your film here.

Short Film submissions will generally be no longer than 10 minutes, and all entries selected, will be screened within the chosen genre.

Feature Film Submissions will generally be over 60 minutes.

Mission

“Encourage, foster and nurture an appreciation for digital storytelling for youth. We want to concentrate and focus on the event being widely available to South Australian audiences as well as enticing and encouraging all youth from Australia and beyond to see Adelaide Film Festival- YOUTH as a legitimate platform for the display and screening of films that encourage discussion, debate and unity.

Our vision is to see talented practitioners mingling with and mentoring the youth, from all over the world due to our exchange program, and being available to provide expert advice in a positive and stimulating arena, encouraging critical thinking. We are committed to making the festival an event which promotes positive visual stimulation for all participants and the exchange of cultural ideas and values.”

Chloe Gardner –
Youth Program Manager

Every film screened at AFF-YOUTH will receive an "Official Selection" laurel.

Award Categories as follows:

Best Overall Film for 2019
Contribution Award
South Australian Encouragement Award
Best Film for Tier 5-12yo
Best Film for Tier 13-15yo
Best Film for 16+

Youth Filmmaker awards

Best Film by International young filmmaker/s

Best Film by Australian young filmmaker/s
Primary School Aged
Middle School Aged
Senior School Aged

Best Film by a South Australian School

Films selected for screening must be HD - 1920x1080 and/or 2K and/or 4K and provided as a downloadable file via dropbox, we transfer or Vimeo, no later that 14 days after official selection.

Film Submissions must be accompanied by 2 high resolution still images from the film (no larger than 700x700 pixels)

General Guidelines
At the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival, we value films that tell powerful stories. Stories that entertain and enrich the viewer. Films that are bold and are brave, that show the filmmakers creativity and courage. Films that capture something special about what it means to be young. All films must be FOR children or a youth audience.

All films entered into the AIYFF must meet the following criteria:
– They must be under 10 mins (if made by students)
– They must be in English, or be subtitled in English
– They must be High Definition. (1920 x 1080p)
– Films must be made in the last 2 years.
– They must not contain scenes of graphic violence, nudity or extreme coarse language (they must be accessible to a general audience)
– You must own the rights (or be in the process of negotiating the rights) to any music used in the film
- You must specify who your ideal audience is eg. Ideal for teenagers 13yo and above or ideal for 5-10 year olds

Adult Filmmakers
Films made by adults which have a strong focus on themes surrounding childhood and adolescence, i.e made for, not necessarily about children and adolescents, are welcome in the festival. A film is categorised as ‘made by an adult’ if both the director and the producer were over 18 years old at the time of completion of the film.

Senior School Filmmakers
Films made by filmmakers who are aged 16 to 18 (year 10 to year 12).
Films are eligible for the Senior School Made category if the producer, the director, and the camera operator/cinematographer (this can be the same person) are 15yo but under the age of 18. Your film can be written by someone of any age, and can include cast members of any age. You can engage the help of an adult or professional for services such as music, editing, VFX, post production.

Middle School Filmmakers
Films made by filmmakers 13 to 15yo. A film is categorised as a Middle School Made Film if the producer, director and camera operator (this can be the same person) were 12yo and under 15yo when the film was completed. The cast can be any age, and you may have assistance from an adult or teenager in the form of technical and creative advice. An adult or teenager may also be involved in the editing and post production process. The important point is that the key creative decision makers and the young people driving the project from idea to completion are under 15yo.

Primary School Filmmakers
Films made by filmmakers 5 to 12yo. A film is categorised as a Primary School Made Film if the producer, director and camera operator (this can be the same person) were 12yo and under when the film was completed. The cast can be any age, and you may have assistance from an adult or teenager in the form of technical and creative advice. An adult or teenager may also be involved in the editing and post production process. The important point is that the key creative decision makers and the young people driving the project from idea to completion are under 12yo.

AIYFF Rights - If your film is selected to screen at the AIYFF, the AIYFF holds screening rights for 12 months from the date of screening. This is non-exclusive. The AIYFF reserves the right to use your film or excerpts of your film including stills to promote future events or regional screenings and such similar events owned by the AIYFF. If selected, you must inform the AIYFF if you do not wish your film to be used for these purposes.

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  • Fabulous Adelaide International Youth Film Festival!!

    September 2019
  • Primary School"Stjepan Kefelja", Kutina, Croatia -film group

    All compliments and congratulations to the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival.

    September 2019
  • Annabel Vine

    A wonderful festival championing Cinema for young people. I thought the programme was inspiring and intelligent. 100% a great experience.

    September 2019