The Creative Industries are growing and so are we by launching AFF Youth.

AFF Youth is a film festival and creative industries pathway for SA students providing them with inspiration, hands-on experiences, knowledge and skills development. AFF Youth will establish an interface between the state’s schoolchildren and the local, national and international screen industry.

The Minister for Education, John Gardner, MP was a special guest at the launch announcing the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition, which will celebrate the state’s young people’s creativity in film. The best films will screen at a Red-Carpet Awards event, and be eligible for $2,500 in prizes including the People’s Choice Award sponsored by SA Power Networks.

What is AFF Youth?

AFF Youth comprises two major streams:

1. Screenings Program: 26 – 30 July 2021
At its heart, AFF Youth is an international film festival for children and young people. The world’s best cinema, TV, games and VR for young people will be part of the CBD based screening program. Running over five days, with screening streams for primary, middle and high school-aged students, the program will inspire young people into action by providing an overview of the amazing creative scope of the global screen industry.

2. Creative Industry Program: What will set AFF Youth apart from many international children and young people’s film festivals is the focus on delivering a creative industries program. This program aims to highlight the career pathway into the creative industries through an emphasis on knowledge, skills development, networks and production opportunities. It comprises:

  • Meet the Filmmaker opportunities such as Q&As, panels and forums including a creative industries expo-style introduction to the local industry featuring SA-based production houses for screen production, VFX, games and Esports as well as the extensive local creative industries tertiary sector.
  • Online workshops – available now online and free for all is a series of How To Make A Film workshops produced by AFF. Hosted by two SA award-winning emerging filmmakers, Leela Varghese (BTW news, Totally Wild & Tropfest winner) and Anthony Frith (Lessons from a Middle-Class Artist ABC iview), the introductory five-part workshops provide a practical basic guide to making a film in your classroom, workshop or at home.
  • Hands-on workshops – throughout the Festival AFF Youth will hold a number of workshops in both the creative and technical aspects of screen production. In very limited cases, filmmaking workshops may also be delivered in regional schools through an outreach program.
  • Statewide School Filmmaking Competition  – submission deadline 9 April 2021. A key pillar of the creative industries pathway is the Statewide School Filmmaking Competition. Young people can demonstrate their creative capacity while using industry protocols to make a film. The How To Make A Film online workshops support the competition by providing the basics of using industry protocols such as how to write, plan and finish a short film.
  • Mentoring – Ten classrooms can win a Zoom mentoring session with industry figures to discuss their script and get advice on their production plan, consolidating students’ knowledge of industry protocols.
  • Awards and Gala – Like all great festivals, AFF Youth will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers in this case SA’s school students. Films nominated for the three awards (primary, middle and high school) will screen at the Gala event and be eligible for $2500 prize money including the People’s Choice Award sponsored by SA Power Networks. The submission deadline is 24 May 2021Criteria and categories can all be found at the submission’s portal.
  •  AFF Youth Jury
    As the screen content industry grows so does the requirement for people to work in surrounding fields such as writing about and curating screen works both as professionals and as a special interest.  Students from across the state can apply to participate as one of 9 jury members reviewing films in competition and selecting categories of winners. This exciting opportunity will include attending the Festival in Adelaide in July 2021. Deadline for the registering to participate as a jury member is 28 April 2021. 

Opportunities for teachers

  • Train the Trainer – AFF Youth will offer a one-day learning program for teachers to upskill and connect them to the local creative industries sector, extending their capacity to support their students’ entry into the industry. To be held at the Adelaide Studios on Friday 12 February 2021.Register your interest.
  • Teacher Ambassadors – become a Teacher Ambassador for AFF Youth and be invited to the program launch and our early evening information and networking event to be held at the Adelaide Studios on Friday 12 February 2021. Register your interest.

Why get your students involved?

AFF Youth is a timely program promoting the growing career opportunities in the creative industries.

Currently, the creative industries contribute $120m to the state’s economy and nationally is a robust employment sector. In 2016 creative industries made up 5.5% of the workforce, expanding at twice the rate of the Australian workforce.

Creative industries jobs also tend to pay higher than the average wage rate.  There are not only jobs for high-end creatives – for every one of these jobs, there are 1.5 jobs in support roles.