AFF Youth Filmmaking Competition 2024

Calling all young writers, directors, cinematographers and actors — submissions for the AFF Youth Filmmaking Competition are now open.

AFF Youth is a rewarding opportunity for South Australian school students and young people to create, produce and share their films on the big screen as part of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Film Festival, held 23 October — 3 November 2024. It’s a chance to embrace your creativity, meet new people and make industry connections in the buzzing South Australian film industry.

The shortlisted films in each category will be announced at our AFF Youth Gala, where young filmmakers will have the chance to walk the red carpet, get their photo snapped and see their work on the big screen in front of a full cinema.

Entries can be made by individuals, groups and classes in any genre or style. Enter now.



Dates for submissions

Submissions Close: Friday 5 July 2024

Notification Date: Tuesday 1 October 2024

Awards & Prizes

The competition prize categories are:

• Best South Australian Primary School Film — $500 Cash Prize
• Best South Australian Middle School Film — $500 Cash Prize
• Best South Australian Senior School Film — $500 Cash Prize presented by the University of South Australia
• People’s Choice Award — $1,000 Cash Prize

Find out more about last years winners

Rules & Terms

AFF Youth looks for bold and original storytelling encouraging young people to embrace a diverse and complex world where they can make a courageous contribution. Works must show a good grasp of storytelling and structure, and a developing technique.

All entrants must reside in South Australia. Entrants can be individual students, groups of students or a class of students. In the case of class projects, the work must be driven by the students, but the teacher can submit the entry on their behalf. Where the filmmakers are a group of mixed age students, the entrant should enter the film in the category of the majority of the makers (i.e., most are primary school students, etc.).

For full entry conditions and fees visit FilmFreeway.

Submit your film here.

If you have any questions or queries, please email [email protected].


How to Make a Film

Eager to make a film but not sure where to start? Check out our AFF Youth – How to Make a Film workshop series on YouTube.

More filmmaking resources can be found here.



“It’s just been an amazing experience to get into the industry and see what it’s really like.”
Alexandra Kambitsis

“It’s hugely important to have events like this, especially in Adelaide.”
— Amelia Moseley

“I was impressed by the kind and straightforward emails received from the AFF youth organisers. It was very inspiring to see Amelia Moseley at the red carpet gala… I really appreciate that the film festival supports emerging filmmakers. Thank you AFF Youth for the experience.”
— Maren Garrett