Welcome to the inaugural Adelaide Film Festival Youth program!

Adelaide Film Festival Youth is the State’s premier program to directly engage South Australian students with the creative industries as learners, makers, creators, and as engaged viewers.

AFF Youth is modestly priced to encourage multi-session attendance. Call us to discuss how you can make the most of AFF Youth!

To purchase Schools, Teachers or Equity Pricing tickets, schools can either call AFF Box Office on 0416 761 036 or email: [email protected]

Find out more information on how to stay in touch with us HERE.

Industry Sessions –
One-hour presentations and Q+A sessions

A unique opportunity for students to hear from industry leaders on a wide range of creative industries topics from VFX to SFX Make-Up Design and Cinematography to Writing sessions on both Games and Shorts. For students interested in being a TV Critic or having a career in Sound Post -we’ve got industry sessions for them too! Dance students can hear on how dance intersects with film and visual arts students from the acclaimed portraitist of David Gulpilil, Craig Ruddy. Full session list HERE.

Creative Industries Expo
– One day only (Wed 28 July) – so book quickly HERE.

The first in the State to involve production companies and the tertiary sector to help students map their post high school path into the creative industries.

Who’s attending: Rising Sun Pictures, Mighty Kingdom, the Universities and leading production companies such as Closer Productions (The Hunting), 57 Films (This Is Port Adelaide) and Beyond Content (post and corporate video production house) + many more!

Screening Program

A program has been curated and tailored to expose your students to the best content made for young people across a wide range of subjects. Films include contemporary issues such as diversity, the status of girls, First Nations politics, vulnerability of children in crisis zones and political struggle. There are films covering historical events in Europe and Africa and are in languages such as French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and Rwandan and Farsi. Education resources have been developed, which link to the Australian Curriculum to explore ideas and issues within the films and support students to engage with the content of the films they are attending.
All students including media students aspiring for careers and filmmakers can enjoy a wide range of shorts by their local, national, and international peers as well professionals.  View full screening program HERE.

The Report Card

Students will have the opportunity to hear from Australia’s leading children content makers of award-winning TV and Films. In these sessions, they will also meet their creative industry peers – child actors (H Is for Happiness) and child participants in format shows Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors. The Report Card sessions are designed for your students to talk with content creators and share insider knowledge on what children want from content made for them.

VR Program
– Limited spaces.

VR is a relatively new and not a readily accessible format that can immerse students in crucial subject worlds. This program gives students insight into – the climate disaster befalling the Antarctica and they can join the astronauts and scientists on the International Space Station doing the research for humans to live in Space. More information here.

Youth Jury
– submissions have closed.

Students in love with cinema need to apply for Youth Jury. They will spend the week assessing our films under the guidance of an educator and industry expert.

State-wide Schools Filmmaking Competition
– submissions have closed.

Join us in celebrating the winning films at the Red-Carpet Gala screening on Sunday 25 July. Students will see what their local peers are making – attend the Gala or Encore screening or the Encore screening of the State-wide Filmmaking Competition.

Ticket and pricing info HERE.

Venue information HERE.

Accessibility information HERE.


An official AFF Youth program booklet is being sent to every school, but contact us if you’d like more.

AFF Youth acknowledges the legacy of the Adelaide Youth International Film Festival for laying the foundation for a substantial youth film festival in Adelaide.