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Ipswich City Council is proud to launch the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) short film competition for 2019, with entries open from Monday, 15 July to Friday, 20 September. Youth aged from 7 to 25 years are invited to make a short film with their friends and submit the film to be in the running for some great prizes.


The competition has evolved to include three age group categories: 7-11 years, 12-17 years and 18-25 years, with prizes for each category. The theme for this year’s competition is 'FUTURE – What is Possible...'.

IFFY Screening and Awards Ceremony

The Ipswich Film Festival for Youth short film screening and award ceremony will be hosted at The Circle, Robelle Domain on Saturday, 19 October at the following times for each age group category:

7-11 years | 4:00 pm
12-17 years | 4:00 pm
18-25 years | 6:30 pm

For more details see the IFFY Screening and Awards Night Facebook event

Age Group Categories

7 – 11 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Share It (social media format – phone video recordings in portrait or landscape)
  • Single Shot (60 seconds non-stop)
  • Silent Film (black and white with no audio)

12 – 17 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Documentary (storytelling)
  • Sci-Fi
  • School Entry (school groups only)

18 – 25 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Documentary (storytelling)
  • Music Video (video to suit the soundtrack Evolution (this is a royalty-free soundtrack, but entrants must credit Bensound)
  • Animation/Stop Motion (comic or computer animated)


Prizes awarded for each age group category include a major prize of a GoPro and minor prizes of gift cards, with a total prize value of $3,600.00.

Tips and Tricks

Visit our IFFY Filming Tips and Tricks webpage to get inspiration and information about storyboarding, filming, editing and scoring your film.

Judging Criteria

Judging will be conducted according to the following criteria:

  • Use of the theme 25%
  • Use of storytelling 25%
  • Use of editing 25%
  • Use of visual and audio effects 25%


We are proud to welcome the talented members of the 2019 IFFY judging panel:

Mikaele Iese

Mikaele Iese turned his interest in television into a career, starting with a short course Certificate in Television Production at the Auckland University of Technology in 1995. Since then, Mikaele’s desire to develop his skills as a sound recordist enabled him to work on location for multiple film and television shoots, as well as working in the production studio.

He furthered his professional development by completing a Bachelor in Performing and Screen, majoring in Screen Arts, in 2011. Mikaele has worked on everything from infomercials, promotional video’s, short films and documentaries with some of the industry’s best production companies and producers, including working for Maori Television children’s show; Pukoro.

EJ Garrett

EJ Garrett is a producer, director, videographer and writer of indigenous content for mainstream audiences, specialising in short form content and factual storytelling.

EJ started his career in media as producer/presenter of Murri Minute, a series of vignettes screened on commercial television that portrayed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a positive way. He also produced TV commercials covering topics including health, child protection and homelessness, as well as content for corporate audiences.

EJ currently owns and operates JETZAK , a socially conscious media production company specialising in media content campaigns for community based organisations and services. A Darumbal man from the coastal lands of Central Queensland. EJ and his mother are from the Wulli Wulli people of the Burnett region and the content that he produces about his people is positive and contemporary. EJ has also served as an executive board member of the Ipswich Women’s Centre Against Domestic Violence, is a White Ribbon Ambassador and also an executive board member for the Kambu Progress Society, an organisation providing much-needed affordable housing solutions to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Ipswich.

Connor Fairclough

Connor Fairclough wrote, directed and produced his first feature film at the age of 19 in 2016. At 20 years of age, he sold the film to the Nine Network and Stan. Head Above Water went to air on channel 9Go and streamed on Stan for twelve months.

In 2018 he received funding from Screen Queensland to make a horror/ comedy short film which screened at South by Southwest Festival in Austin in 2019, as well as the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival. He is currently working on projects with Australian comedians including Isaac Butterfield, Frenchy, Lewis Spears and Luke Kidgell.

Lucas Tomoana

Lucas was born in little Singapore to a Samoan Matai (Chief) and a NZ Maori army major. He was raised in the wet of Auckland and the heat of Brisbane. At eighteen he was set to join the military fulltime until he stumbled across an old 16 mm film camera. He soon opted for the other kind of shooting.

In 2013, Lucas was accepted into the national film school The Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. To this day, Lucas has won 19 ACS Awards, including 7 Golds. He shot all over Australia and overseas - France, Germany, the UK , New Zealand, Cambodia and China. Lucas spends most of his time working primarily in documentaries and advertising.

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IFFY 2019 Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth is Ipswich City Council, (“Council”) of 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich, Queensland (“the Promoter”).
  2. The Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (“IFFY”) is open to all entrants, who must be aged between 7 and 25.
  3. IFFY entrants must submit their film by the close date. The final date for all entries is Friday 20 September 2019 (“close date”).  Films will only be accepted, if received, by the close date.
  4. No entries will be accepted after the close date, this includes any re-edited versions of entries already provided prior to the close date.
  5. Information on how to enter IFFY, forms part of the entry terms and conditions.  All entries into IFFY are an acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  6. Each entrant must create a short film of no more than 1 to 3 minutes in length and 10GB in size, abiding by the terms and conditions of entry. The entry must be in one of the following formats:
    1. MPEG4
    2. MP4
    3. MOV
    4. AVI
    5. WMV
  7. Each entrant must obtain consent from all participants in the short film (this includes actors, musicians and the film makers) as per online application process.
  8. Each entrant must complete an online entry for their film. The Entry is evidence of the entrant’s consent to these terms and conditions.
  9. Entries not made in accordance with these entry terms will be invalid and not considered.
  10. Entrants agree, that by participating in IFFY, they authorise the Promoter to reproduce clips of selected films, for the purpose of advertising and promoting IFFY or other youth and film related events, run by Ipswich City Council. Being a not-for-profit film festival, the Promoter’s aim is to promote, and provide exposure to each entrant’s film, across the City of Ipswich.
  11. Each entrant agrees that by participating in IFFY, they authorise Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Civic Centre and Ipswich First to upload film clips to the Ipswich City Council and Ipswich First website, Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Civic Centre and Ipswich First Facebook, and Ipswich City Council and Ipswich First YouTube pages.
  12. Each entrant agrees that by participating in IFFY, they authorise the Promoter to show their film or clips of their film, at the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) and screen selected movies on buildings in Ipswich; and undertake screenings in public places across Ipswich.
  13. The decision of the promoter to accept or reject an entry is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  14. There is no limit to the number of entries per person - each entry must be submitted separately and a separate entry must be completed for each entry; group entries are acceptable.
  15. Entries must be based on the theme – “FUTURE – What is Possible”.
  16. Each entrant warrants in submitting a film, that it is their original work and does not violate or infringe (or reasonably be expected to violate or infringe) upon the legal rights of any other person, including material which is protected by copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights.
  17. Each Entrant warrants that:
    1. the Entry is their own creation; and
    2. the Entry is attributable only to the Entrant;
    3. the Entry and the acts of the Promoter in relation to the Entry do not infringe upon the copyright, intellectual property rights, or Moral rights of any person;
    4. they have the right to grant the rights under this clause and clauses 20 and 21 below.
  18. Entrants agree that by entering the IFFY they authorise and grant the Promoter a non-exclusive and non-transferable licence to exercise intellectual property rights in the Entry (which may include, but is not necessarily limited to the use, reproduction  and or exhibition of Entries) for the purpose of advertising and promoting the IFFY. Entries may be exhibited or reproduced in any medium. The Promoter is not required to pay a fee to exercise any intellectual property rights.
  19. Entrants agree that the Promoter may modify the Entrant’s Entry as it sees fit to meet its requirements without further reference to the Entrant.
  20. The Promoter will always attribute the creation of the work to the Entrant and will acknowledge any modification that may have been made to the Entry by the Promoter when exercising its rights under clause 18 of these Terms and Conditions.
  21. Entries must not contain any material that is defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening or is otherwise unlawful.  The film must not contain material that would be likely to cause the film to be classified “M” or a higher classification.  A copy of the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games can be found at:  http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Series/F2005L01286
  22. When developing your entry, please ensure you obtain all the relevant film permits.  If you are filming in Ipswich, please ensure you comply with all relevant conditions, for filming in Ipswich, for more detail visit http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/business/film_ipswich/
  23. By entering IFFY each entrant  agrees to indemnify Ipswich City Council against all loss, damage, costs (including legal costs) or liability whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the entrant's breach of these terms and  conditions (including the content requirements).
  24. By submitting a film for entry, you the entrant, warrant that:
    1. you own , or have the necessary licence to grant to the promoter an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free and worldwide right to use the film or part of the film, as described in conditions 11 and 14;
    2. prior to entering the film in IFFY, you have gained the consent of all identifiable persons featured in the film;
    3. the film is previously unpublished and is your own original work.
  25. Any entry, that at the discretion of the Promoter, is deemed to be offensive, defamatory, indecent, obscene or discriminatory, will immediately be disqualified from entering IFFY. The Promoter’s decision in relation to any aspect of IFFY is final. No correspondence and discussion will be entered into.
  26. The entrant (or where the entrant is a minor, then the parent or guardian) shall indemnify and release the Council in respect of any judgement, action, or liability for all loss, damage or injury to persons or property arising from the negligence of the entrant (or where the entrant is a minor, then the parent or guardian); or against any breach by the entrant of any third party intellectual property rights and against any act or omission by the entrant (or where the entry is a minor, their parent or guardian) commenced by a third party against the Promoter.
  27. Words expressed in the singular in these terms and conditions also include the plural.
  28. Entrant screening & Awards Ceremony will be held at The Circle, Robelle Domain, on Saturday 19 October 2019. Winners will be announced at this event.
  29. The Promoter’s decision to screen a film, or any film clip, at any event, is final.
  30. All entrants will be placed into the following categories according to their age:
    1. 7-11 years
    2. 12-17 years
    3. 18-25 years.
  1. The aforementioned categories are broken down into:
    1. 7 to 11 years
      1. Best Picture
      2. Share It (Social Media portrait/landscape formatting shot with a phone)
      3. Single Shot (60 seconds none stop)
      4. Silent Film (black and white with no audio)
    2. 12 to 17 years
      1. Best Picture
      2. Documentary
      3. Sci-Fi
      4. Schools Entry
    3. 18 to 25 years
      1. Best Picture
      2. Documentary
      3. Music Video
      4. Animation / Stop Motion
  1. The Promoter will appoint Judges, who will shortlist all finalists in each category, and select all eventual winners in each category.  All decisions made in relation to winners of each category, will be final, and not subject to review.

For more information on entry details, please phone (07) 3810 6666, visit the IFFY webpage or email IFFY@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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