The Adelaide International Youth Film Festival is an annual film festival designed to showcase and screen the best professionally made, independently made films for a youth audience.

It is also unique in that it is an event that supports, harnesses and encourages the creative involvement of young people by providing not only film screenings, but interactive media workshops, discussion panels, Q&A's with directors, social events, celebrity guest appearances, great opening and closing night parties.

The festival will be held over 6 days with submission categories as follows.

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 the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival 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 – Adelaide International Youth Film Festival

Every film screened at the AIYFF will receive an "Official Selection" laurel.

Award Categories as follows:

Best Overall Film for 2019
Recognition Award
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
Primary School Aged
Middle School Aged
Senior School Aged

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.