AFF Youth Supports SA’s future film stars


The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has announced the Jury for the AFF Youth screening program – 10 young aspiring film critics and film makers from across the State – and the 21 finalists in the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition.

AFF Youth Program preparing next gen filmmakers

With the SA screen industry booming, with back-to-back productions underway across the state and world class postproduction and special effects companies based in Adelaide, the AFF Youth program (July 25 – 30) is helping to prepare the State’s next generation of filmmakers and screen professionals.

AFF Youth Student Jury

The AFF Youth Student Jury will have the opportunity to participate in the full film festival experience, judging the 60 Australian and international films in the screening program, while the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition finalists will see their films on the big screen and attend a Red Carpet Gala Premiere with AFF Youth Patron Tilda Cobham-Hervey.

Jury members come from across Adelaide, from the outer north to the outer south, beach side and inner city, as well as from regional SA. Schools represented include Craigmore and Brighton High as well as St Martin’s Lutheran College, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Tyndale Christian School and Pembroke. They are Lilia, Jasper, Andrea, Cody, Ryza, Elijah, Loraine, Kaiser, Leah & August.

AFF Youth Filmmaking Competition

AFF Youth had 41 submissions to the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition, with 21 selected as finalists. These short films will be celebrated and screened at a Red Carpet Gala event on Sunday 25 July from 3pm at Palace Nova Eastend, with encore screenings on Friday 30 July.

Internationally acclaimed Adelaide-based actress, writer and director Tilda Cobham-Hervey, the Patron of AFF Youth, will attend the Red Carpet Gala.

For the full list of finalists:


An experienced panel of South Australian screen professionals will judge the films, with audiences able to watch the entries online and vote for the audience favourite.

Rubbing shoulders with special guests

Subject to border restrictions, the young filmmakers in the competition, Jury and other AFF Youth attendees will also get to rub shoulders (in a socially distanced way!) with the Program’s special guests, including director Molly Reynolds whose film My Name is Gulpilil is screening, the two young stars of Australian indie hit H is for Happiness, Daisy Axon and Wesley Patten, the director of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund film When Pomegranates Howl, Granaz Moussavi, two of the stars of the factual television series Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors, Ezekiel and Nathan, as well as the series creator Vanna Morosini, series director Brad Gustafson and host Ghenoa Gela.

Local guests attending include the producer of First Day, Kirsty Stark, and the producer of H is for Happiness, Julie Ryan.

AFF Youth

AFF Youth is the newest and youngest arm of the acclaimed Adelaide Film Festival. Supported by the Department for Education, the Department for Innovation and Skills and SA Power Networks, AFF Youth has been developed especially for South Australian school students.

For the full program, including how to view the ground-breaking VR projects Thin Ice VR and Square Circles, and details of the Creative Industry Expo:


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