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 2023!

Youth from 7 years – 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).

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2023 Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Storyline
  • Editing techniques
  • Use of effects
  • The incorporation of the IFFY Camera logo (e.g. as a prop).

Entrants will be divided across 3 age group categories: 7 to 11 years, 12 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years.

Competition Dates

Competition dates:

  • Competition submissions open – Monday 10 July 2023
  • Competition submissions close – Friday 15 September 2023

Prizes

Over $3,000 in prizes are up for grabs in 2023.

  • Best Overall in the 7 - 11 years category will be awarded a $500.00 JB Hi-Fi Voucher
  • Best Overall in the 12 -17 years category will be awarded a $250.00 JB Hi-Fi Voucher and a $500.00 Camera House Voucher ($750 total value)
  • Best Overall in the 18 - 25 years category will be awarded a $250.00 JB Hi-Fi Voucher and a $500.00 Camera House Voucher ($750.00 total value)
  • Winners of each sub-category will be awarded a $100.00 JB Hi-Fi gift card (twelve (12) prizes in total - $1200.00).

Judging Criteria and Categories

All submissions are judged on the following criteria:

  • Storyline
  • Editing techniques
  • Use of effects
  • The incorporation of the IFFY Camera logo (e.g. as a prop).

7 to 11 years:

  • General Submission
  • One Take
  • LOLs Award (Best Comedy)
  • Parody

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:

  • General Submission
  • Documentary
  • Animation/Stop Motion (comic or computer animated)
  • 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 youths in this age group. Entrants can submit a General Submission entry, get specific by telling a story through a Documentary, or work with an artist to make a one-of-a-kind Music Video.

18 – 25 years

  • General Submission
  • Documentary
  • Animation/Stop Motion (comic or computer animated)
  • 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.

Judges

Keep an eye out for the announcement of judges soon!

Screening and Awards Ceremony 

Pop it in your calendar! The IFFYs (Film Screening and Awards Ceremony) will be held at Nicholas Street Precinct.

Saturday 14 October
4.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tulmur Place, Ipswich

Times:
7-11 years starting at 4.00 pm
12-17 years starting at approximately 4.40 pm
18-25 years starting at approximately 8.45 pm

Tips and Tricks

See the below filmmaking tips and tricks to get you inspired and ensure your 2023 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 creative ways that you can include the IFFY camera in your film. 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. You can shoot in either portrait or landscape orientation but make sure it’s consistent and keep the camera steady to avoid blurriness.

Storyboarding

  • 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.

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.

Editing

  • 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 DaVinci Resolve.
  • 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.

Music

  • 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 Conditions for the 2023 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth here.

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