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Ipswich Film Festival For Youth (IFFY)


In its fourth year, the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) is a FREE themed short film festival for young people aged 7-25 years that promotes youth creativity through filmmaking.

With great cash and prizes on offer plus the ultimate bragging rights as an award-winning filmmaker, you’d be crazy not to enter!

Entries for IFFY 2017 close on Sunday, 28 January 2018 and the theme this year is GROW.

For hints and tips to help you along the way, sign up for IFFY Email Updates:

Judging Categories

There are seven award categories with cash and prizes up for grabs.

  • Primary School Winner
  • Secondary School Winner
  • Individual Entrant (7-12) Winner
  • Individual Entrant (13-17) Winner
  • Individual Entrant (18-25) Winner
  • Animation/Stop Motion Winner
  • Overall Winner

Lights, Camera...Action! what you hear and interested in entering IFFY?

Don’t forget that it’s all about having a go, so here’s what you need to know:

  • Entry is FREE.
  • With the different judging categories you can enter whether you’re an absolute amateur or a director extraordinaire.
  • Entry isn’t just limited to Ipswich residents - youth from across the globe can submit a film.
  • You can enter as an individual, or get your school involved and submit a film as a group.
  • Films can be made using a video camera or alternative devices such as computer animation platforms or smartphones.
  • Films only need to be 1-3 minutes long.
  • This year’s film theme is GROW (we’re sure you’ve got some ideas growing already…)
  • Make sure you submit your entry by Sunday, 28 January 2018 (plenty of time to film and edit during school or uni holidays!).

And...It's a Wrap!

Got your film all wrapped up and ready to roll? Simply hop onto FilmFreeway and get your entry in:

Make sure you have a read of the Terms and Conditions below and check out the information on music licensing for your film.

For any questions and submission support contact (07) 3810 6666, or email: And be sure to sign up to receive IFFY email updates.

Awards Ceremony

Short listed entrants will be invited to the IFFY Red Carpet Event at Limelight Cinemas, Ipswich on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 where winners will be announced.

The finalists’ films will also be played on the big movie screen, just like the latest blockbusters!

Film Tips and Tricks

Check out the tips we've shared previously and get to work on that film!

Getting Started

  • Establish a timeline: The length of time it will take to put together your film is determined by how much free time you have available to work on it. It could take anywhere from one week to six months to complete. So, if your days are already jam-packed with activities, start your film project early or make the most of the holidays.
  • Create your idea: The first step in the film making process is growing your story idea, whether it is based on personal experience or the result of an active imagination. Jot down some ideas and run them by family or friends to get their feedback.
  • Script it: Once you have settled on your idea, the next step is to create a script. For a 1-3 minute long film, the maximum number of script pages should be three. This is based on a general rule of 1 page = 1 minute, however it can differ depending on the amount of dialogue you plan to include in your film.
  • Choose your equipment: If you don’t have access to a video camera to create your film, don’t be discouraged. Some great short films have been shot using a smart phone. Just make sure to shoot in landscape orientation and keep the camera steady to avoid blurriness.


  • Creating a storyboard: You can download free templates online or start by drawing a series of boxes on a piece of paper. In each box, sketch your scenes and give consideration to how close you’ll be to the subject, their position and the angle you’re shooting from.
  • It’s all in the details: Stick figures will work just fine if drawing isn’t your strong suit, but remember to draw in all of your props. You can then add notes under each scene about location, script, camera movements, etc. The storyboard can be as detailed as you like and will be a useful tool when you start filming.
  • Have you asked Lynda? If you’re new to filmmaking, or just need more help putting your film together, you can ask Lynda. Lynda is an online learning site where you can watch video tutorials on hundreds of topics, including storyboarding! You can access Lynda for free as a member of the Ipswich Libraries.


  • Top 5 tips for filming:
    • To get the perfect shot or enhance the mood of a scene, experiment with your camera's settings instead of relying on automatic settings.
    • When filming outdoors, shoot with the sunlight behind you.
    • To get creative with your scenes, mix up the angles and level that you film from.
    • Be wary of filming in noisy locations, such as near busy roads, as this can be recorded in your audio and make it hard to hear dialogue.
    • Keep your camera steady and if possible use a tripod to avoid shaky video.
  • Tricks for smartphones: If you don’t have a camera to film on, don’t sweat it. You can put together a film on your smartphone. The above tips still apply, but if you’re really looking to maximise your phone's potential check out some handy YouTube videos from pros like Jason van Genderen, a director and specialist in shooting on smartphones who has won awards for his creations.
  • How are you going to edit your film? You won’t need a computer or expensive software to edit your entry once you’re done filming either. You can download some handy apps straight on to your phone. Check out iMovie, PowerDirector or Movie Edit Touch to help polish up your masterpiece.


  • Editing is an important part of the film making process: This is the step where you take all of your raw video footage and put it together to make it a screen worthy masterpiece.This is also the stage where you can fix any mistakes made during production, such as recording a voice over for a portion of audio that didn’t come out clearly the first time.
  • Use some free programs: To make editing easier, try downloading some free programs such as Windows Movie Maker, Lightworks or Wondershare Filmora to your computer. Or if you’re using your smartphone, download some apps such as iMovie, PowerDirector or Movie Edit Touch. Don’t forget that your final submission for IFFY should be in either MPEG4, MP4, MOV, AVI or WMV format.
  • Have you considered an original score? If you’ve decided to include music in your film, now is the time to add it in. There are lots of sounds available to download for your film, but have you thought about using an original score (i.e. composing and recording your own music/sounds)? If you’re musically talented, or know someone who is, have a go at creating an original score for your film!

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 Sunday, 28 January 2018 (“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:
* MP4

7. Each entrant must obtain consent from all participants in the short film (this includes actors, musicians and the filmmakers) 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 to upload film clips to the Ipswich City Council website, Ipswich City Council Facebook, and Ipswich City Council YouTube pages/channel.

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 – “GROW”.

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:

a. the Entry is their own creation; and
b. the Entry is attributable only to the Entrant;
c. 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;
d. 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:

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

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:

a. 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;
b. prior to entering the film in IFFY, you have gained the consent of all identifiable persons featured in the film;
c. 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. Finalists in each category will be screened at a Red Carpet Event at Limelight Cinemas on Wednesday, 28 March 2018.   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:

a) Primary School Entry
b) Secondary School Entry
c) Individual Entrant (ages 7-12)
d) Individual Entrant (ages 13-16)
e) Individual Entrant (ages 17-25)

31. The Promoter will shortlist all finalists. There will only be five (5) entrants shortlisted, in each category.

32. The aforementioned categories are broken down into:

a) Primary School
i. Winner
b) Secondary School
i. Winner
c) Individual Entrant (7-12)
i. Winner
d) Individual Entrant (13-17)
i. Winner
e) Individual Entrant (18-25)
i. Winner
f) Animation/Stop Motion
i. Winner
g) OVERALL Winner

33. 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.

Music Licensing

Thinking about including music in your film? When making any film production you need to get rights to use some types of music. Here’s some music options available to you:

  • Non-licensed music – compose and record it yourself or get your musically talented friends to help you out!
  • Download copyright free music from online sources or create your own sounds using programs that contain loops and samples. Some websites that you might find useful are:

YouTube Audio Library (you’ll need to be logged in to Google to use this one)

  • Published music (anything you may hear on the radio) which you’ll need to obtain the rights to. You’ll need to apply for a licence from APRA to use published music in your video. Don’t forget to include the licence when you submit your entry.
  • Public domain music, perform and record your own version of a song that is no long under copyright (if a composer passed away more than 50 years ago, their score is out of copyright for Australian productions and is able to be reproduced)

View 2016 Finalists

The quality of entries submitted in 2016 was extremely high, so we extend a huge congratulations to our fantastic finalists and winners for 2016. To view all of the 2016 entries, please visit our Vimeo channel.

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