Entries to Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) 2019 are now closed. If you would like to be kept updated regarding IFFY 2020 please send us your expression of interest via the button below:
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...'.
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
7 – 11 Years
12 – 17 Years
18 – 25 Years
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.
Visit our IFFY Filming Tips and Tricks webpage to get inspiration and information about storyboarding, filming, editing and scoring your film.
Judging will be conducted according to the following criteria:
We are proud to welcome the talented members of the 2019 IFFY judging panel:
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 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 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 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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