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REC Ya Shorts’ Youth Film Festival Now Open!
Mon 24 September 2018, at 11:59 pm
Now in its fourth year, the REC Ya Shorts’ Youth Film Festival is rolling out around Regional Australia for 2018, on the search for the next wave of young Australian filmmakers. This year’s program will also see over 70 in-school filmmaking and mental health workshops come to schools throughout Regional NSW for students interested in learning what its all about behind the camera lens.
The festival’s 2018 short film competition, open to all young people aged 12-15 years around Regional Australia, closes for submissions on September 24 at 11.59pm. This year’s theme, for all the films to include is “Escape” and the signature item is a “Sign” Films must also be under six minutes’ duration, including titles and credits. There are thousands of dollars of prizes up for grabs, with more information coming soon at www.recyashorts.com.au
A judging panel including the filmmakers behind new award-winning indie comedy That’s Not Me, Alice Foulcher and Greg Erdstein, will select the short film finalists to screen at the new Nextwave Youth Film Awards at the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) in Coffs Harbour next January.
Winning films from REC Ya Shorts’ 2018 competition will be offered to regional theatres and community organisations around Regional Australia to screen next April for 2019’s national Youth Week Celebrations.
REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival is co-presented by SWIFF and Headspace Coffs Harbour and supported by Southern Cross University, Screen NSW, C.ex Group, local Councils and the Regional Arts Fund, reaching thousands of young people around Australia.
The workshops take place May through to August at high schools, universities, TAFEs and youth centres in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen Shire, Nambucca Shire, Kempsey Shire, Armidale, Uralla, Mid-coast, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Port Macquarie and Tweed Shire.
As well as opening pathways for budding film-makers, REC Ya shorts creates a space to destigmatise the wider conversation about youth mental health – offering themes which past entrants have explored through comedies, music videos, skate and surf vids, dramas, art films and documentaries. Over 100 original short films have been produced for he festival over the last 3 years, along with awarding thousands of dollars of prizes.
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