5 August 2021

Creative Industries Day – with Creative Industries Expo and Industry Sessions now September 15
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AFF Online: a streaming platform full of Australian and international films – August 25 – September 8
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Red Carpet Gala Screening & Awards – Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition – September 16
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Vote for SA Power Networks’ $1000 People Choice Award for Best South Australian student film
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A rescheduled AFF Youth program – delayed due to the recent Covid-19 lockdown – begins August 25 with the launch of an on-line screening program. 2020 AFF Youth comprises of more than 60 international and Australian films, including 28 Australian and three World Premieres.


AFF Youth will then host a Creative Industries Day on September 15. To be held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, the day combines the previously announced one-day Creative Industries Expo and the series of Industry Sessions, where leading SA creatives – making games, VR, TV and films including working on international franchises – will generously share their knowledge and experiences.  The AFF Youth Creative Industries Day has been designed to help students map their post-high school career pathway into this exciting and rewarding industry.


Companies and education providers participating in the Creative Industries Day Expo include:


  • Flinders University Film and Television
  • 57 Films
  • Academy Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
  • Australian, Film, TV and Radio School
  • Beyond Content
  • CDW Studios
  • Closer Productions
  • Media Makeup Academy International
  • Mighty Kingdom
  • Music SA
  • Pro AV Solutions SA
  • Rising Sun Pictures
  • SA Casting
  • SA Power Networks
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia


September 16 will see the Red Carpet Gala screening and awards ceremony for the inaugural Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition, with 21 finalists from across the State converging at Palace Nova East End Cinemas.  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.


Four prizes will be awarded:

  • Best South Australian Primary School Film (Cash Prize: $500)
  • Best South Australian Middle School Film (Cash Prize $500)
  • University of South Australia and Rising Sun Pictures Best High School Film (Cash Prize: $1000)
  • SA Power Networks People’s Choice Award (Cash prize: $1,000) for the audience favourite film created by South Australian students (available to high, middle or primary school).


The on-line screening program comprises feature films, short films and documentaries from around the globe including Canada, Rwanda, Argentina, Germany, Afghanistan, Australia and more, ranging across subjects such as neurodiversity, war, basketball, acting, gender diversity, First Nations experiences, colonialism and class.    Access the on-line screening program here: screenonline.adelaidefilmfestival.org


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.


AFF CEO & Creative Director, Mat Kesting, said: “While it was disappointing that our original presentation of AFF Youth could not go ahead due to the lockdown, the safety of our audiences was our primary concern.  I’m delighted that we are now able to proceed with AFF Youth, in this revised format.  The expanded on-line component will give an even greater opportunity for South Australian students, and film lovers from across the State, to engage with the program.  AFF Youth is a window into the dream factory, and we encourage everyone to embrace this exciting new offering. Thank you to our partners, donors, volunteers, board and staff who have made AFF Youth possible.”


The Hon. David Pisoni, MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills, said: “The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are ongoing, and it has been devastating to see events, including AFF Youth, forced to hit pause.

“The South Australian Government is proud to support this exciting new initiative which supports young South Australians to aspire to rewarding careers in the creative industries. I am very pleased to see AFF Youth is back, with new dates, and I encourage South Australians to be COVID-safe and get along to the festival.”


John Gardner, MP, Minister for Education, said: “I’m looking forward to the Adelaide Film Festival Youth program, which is set to inspire our next generation of film-makers. Whether their focus is on the creative or the technical, this is a spectacular opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the world of filmmaking. International demand for screen content is at an all-time high in South Australia, and the sector is only expected to grow, so it is a great time for students to explore potential pathways in the industry.”