Dust off Dad's old Camcorder, charge your iPhone, start collecting your props and sketching your storyboards – The Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) is back for 2022!

Youth aged from 7 to 25 years are encouraged to create and submit their short films to be in the running for some awesome prizes. Films should be no longer than 5 minutes (300 seconds).

Submissions for the 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth are now closed.

Please join us on Saturday 15 October at Tulmur Place for The IFFYs | Film Screening and Award Ceremony to celebrate the entrants and winners of the 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth.

More info via our Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/2Xgi17q0W

2022 Theme

Drumroll please! 2022's IFFY competition theme is 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 will be divided across 3 age group categories: 7-11 years, 12-17 years and 18-25 years, with prizes to be won for each category.

Competition Dates

  • Competition submissions open – Monday 11 July 2022 (start of QLD term 3)
  • Competition submissions close – Friday 16 September 2022 (end of QLD term 3)


Over $3,000 in prizes are up for grabs in 2022.

  • Winners of each sub-category will be awarded a $100.00 JB Hi-Fi gift card (nine (9) prizes in total)
  • Best Overall Picture in the 7-11 years and 12-17 years age category will be awarded a GoPro Hero10 Black plus Hero10 Protective Housing + Waterproof Case, plus Dual Battery Charger + Spare Battery valued at $709.85 each (two (2) prizes in total).
  • Best Overall Picture in the 18-25 years category will be awarded a one (1) hour 1-on-1 mentoring session with an Ipswich Film Festival For Youth judge of their choice, plus a $600.00 Camera House gift card (one (1) prize in total).

Judging Criteria and Categories

All submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Story line
  • Editing techniques
  • Use of effects
  • Use of the theme

7 to 11 Years

Overall age group winner: Best Overall Picture 7 to 11 Years


  • Knowledgebombs Award (Best Documentary)
  • LOLs Award (Best Comedy)
  • Coolest 60-second single shot (Best Cinematography)

You don’t have to be Spielberg! Judging categories for the 7 to 11 Years age group have been designed to encourage kids’ creativity while keeping the criteria simple.

12 to 17 Years

Overall age group winner: Best Overall Picture 12 to 17 Years


  • Best Documentary (Story Telling)
  • Best Animation/Stop-Motion (Comic or Computer Animation)
  • Best Music Video
    • *Music rights must be sourced and included in the application to be eligible

Judging categories for the 12 to 17 Years age group have been designed to expand on the interests of middle & high school ages youth. Entrants can submit a General Admission entry, or get specific by telling a story through a Documentary, letting their creativity flourish with Computer Animation, or work with an artist to make a one-of-a-kind Music Video.

18 to 24 Years

Overall age group winner: Best Overall Picture 18 to 24 Years


  • Best Documentary (Story Telling)
  • Best Animation/Stop-Motion (Comic or Computer Animation)
  • Best Music Video
    • *Music rights must be sourced and included in the application to be eligible

Judging categories for the 18 to 25 Years age group have been designed to create an opportunity for tertiary-aged youth to present their filmmaking works. From a General Entry, to a Documentary, Music Video or working with Animation/Stop Motion, these filmmakers can dive deeply into the theme & allow the creative juices flow into their work.

*Films can be submitted into more than one category.


- Tony McGrath: Producer, editor and film lecturer | QUT

- Kim Huynh: Local Filmmaker

- Mori Drake: Multiskilled technician and producer | University of Southern Queensland

- Felicity Kranz: Editor | Cutting Edge Post Production

- Reese Lowe: Agency Director, Storyteller and Cinematographer | Fat Wombat


Grab your picnic rug, meet us at Tulmur Place and get comfy as we screen and celebrate the entrants and winners of the 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth!

4pm - 9pm

With thanks to University of Southern Queensland and Nicholas Street Precinct.

More details to come soon!

IFFY 2022 Resources

Coming soon!

IFFY 2021

Be inspired by last year’s winners and submissions – coming soon!

Tips and Tricks

See the below filmmaking tips and tricks to get you inspired and ensure your 2022 IFFY film entry is as polished as possible before submission.

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 1 day to 6 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 and your available time.
  • Create your idea: the first step in the filmmaking process is growing your story idea, whether it is based on personal experience or the result of an active imagination. Spend some time thinking about what the theme "A Breath Of Fresh Air” means to you. 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 film, the maximum number of script pages should be three. This is based on a general rule of 1 page = 1 minute, but can differ depending on how much 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. Find some inspo here! You can shoot in either portrait or landscape orientation but make sure it’s consistent 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.


  • Top 5 tips for filming
    • To get the perfect shot or enhance the mood of a scene, experiment with your camera 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.
  • Filming on a smartphone: if you don’t have a camera to film on, don’t sweat it! You can put together a film on your smartphone. To maximise your phone's potential, check out some handy YouTube videos such as this video by Jason van Genderen, an award-winning smartphone film specialist and director.


  • Paid and free editing programs: editing is an important part of the film making process. You can purchase editing programs such as AVS Video Editor or Adobe Premier Pro but there are also some equally great free programs you can download such as Windows Movie Maker, Lightworks or Wondershare Filmora.
  • Editing on smartphones: if you’ve filmed your entry on a smartphone, you might want to try some free apps like iMovie, PowerDirector or Movie Edit Touch.
  • Film format: don’t forget that your final submission for IFFY should be in either MPEG4, MP4, MOV, AVI or WMV format.


  • Free music: there are many different types of music that you can include in your film. You could try composing and recording your own music or sounds, or download copyright free music from websites. You’re also able to record your own version of a song that is no longer under copyright. If a composer passed away more than 70 years ago, their score is out of copyright and you’re able to reproduce it.
  • Music that requires a licence: songs that you hear on the radio are considered ‘published music’ and to use them you’ll need to apply for a licence from APRA AMCOS. Make sure to send us a copy of the licence if you’ve included this music in your entry.

Terms and Conditions

Download the Terms and Condition for 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth here.

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