Lights, camera, action! Ipswich Film Festival wants your perspective on life

24 May 2024

For more than a decade the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) has been seeking budding filmmakers to make their mark in the annual competition.

Entering its eleventh year, the competition attracts young filmmakers between seven and 25 from all over the nation as they submit five-minute films that are judged on storyline, editing techniques, use of effects and theme across three age groups.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said competition submissions are now open and will run until 13 September, ahead of the 12 October awards ceremony.

“The Ipswich Film Festival for Youth has been running for 10 years and our city’s young and emerging talent continues to impress,” Mayor Harding said.

“There’s no doubt we have the talent in Ipswich to produce a future Oscar winner.

“Whether you’re a first-time video maker or a seasoned director, I encourage all interested young residents to get involved.

“The festival returns to form this year with the reintroduction of a theme. The 2024 theme is PERSPECTIVE.

“There is more than $3300 in prizes and winners will be invited to the IFFY Screen and Awards Ceremony at the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre, which I am sure will be a much sought-after ticket again this year.”

Mayor Harding said she expects the judges will once again have a tough time in deciding the winners from a diverse range of categories.

“IFFY provides plenty of scope for young minds to run free from best music video to best comedy, animation or documentary,” Mayor Harding said.

“The film festival has a category to suit a range of approaches and style, and I can’t wait to see the vision these young people will bring to life.”

Entrants are judged across three age group categories: seven to 11 years, 12 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years.

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