Young Ipswich film buffs impress judges in IFFY 2022

24 October 2022

Ipswich’s own Tarantino, Gerwig, Scorsese, DuVernay, Fincher, Peele or Campion might have emerged with the announcement of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) winners.

Homegrown filmmakers Leah Pick, Ivy Anderson and Abigail Worth won the best overall picture in the 7 to 11 years-old category for 'Beyond the Forbidden Gates'.

And another Ipswich student, Abigail Newman, won in the same age category for the LOLs Award for her film, 'Roll Fun'.

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said Ipswich was fortunate to have such young and emerging, talented filmmakers.

“The standard of entries was breathtaking with the scoring from competition judges extremely close,” Cr Fechner said.

“I am thrilled that four Ipswich students were among the winners in the youngest age category, which is a great sign for the future of filmmaking in the region.

“I cannot wait to see their next projects.”

Cr Fechner said the 2022 IFFY competition theme was 'A Breath of Fresh Air' - with all the world’s challenges right on our doorstep, what does a breath of fresh air do for you?

Entrants were divided across three age group categories: 7 to 11 years, 12 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years, with prizes to be won for each category. The short films had to be no longer than five minutes.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere in Tulmur Place at the weekend as we celebrated the achievements of our entrants and winners of the 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth,” Cr Fechner said.

2022 IFFY Winners:

7 to 11 Years

  • Best Overall Picture | Beyond the Forbidden Gates | Leah Pick, Ivy Anderson and Abigail Worth
  • Knowledgebombs | No submissions
  • LOLs Award | Roll Fun | Abigail Newman
  • Coolest 60-second Single Shot | No submissions

12 to 17 Years

  • Best Overall Picture |Escapism | Olivia Yates
  • Best Documentary | The Atar Experience | Jonathon Charlie Copson-Pacal
  • Best Animation | Our Pandemic | Haewon Lee
  • Best Music Video | Alien | Lily Podlich

18 to 25 Years

  • Best Overall Picture | Pacing The Pool | Radheya Jegatheva
  • Best Documentary | Pacing The Pool | Radheya Jegatheva
  • Best Animation | Trial & Error | Tuesday Moon; andBearzebub | Roy Sisson

Best Music Video: Trial & Error, Tuesday Moon