South Australia’s aspiring young filmmakers will have the opportunity to get hands on experience in the state’s growing screen industry, thanks to a partnership between the Marshall Government and Adelaide Film Festival.

The Government is investing $200,000 into AFF Youth – a new specialist youth program being delivered in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival. The substantial program will connect secondary students from across the state to the global screen industry and guide them to create and share their own work.

The AFF Youth program will include an online masterclass in filmmaking for students, virtual reality and gaming elements, industry networking opportunities for teachers, meet the screen-maker opportunities for students and screenings of feature films, documentaries, short films and other screen content.

Education Minister John Gardner said it was a great time for students to pursue careers in the screen industry.

“This is an exciting opportunity for South Australian students to immerse themselves in the world of filmmaking,” said Minister Gardner.

“The screen industry already contributes around $120 million to the state’s economy and that is only set to grow. It is a great time for our students to start exploring potential pathways in the industry.

“South Australia’s screen industry is at the cutting edge of global filmmaking and has attracted several significant productions to be filmed here in recent years. We want to give our young people the best possible chance to secure jobs in this growing industry.”

Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Creative Director, Mat Kesting, said the global content industry brings enormous opportunities for students.

“Entering the creative industries has gone from being a risky career choice to one filled with possibilities, and the global content industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world,” said Mr Kesting.

“Over the past nine days, the Adelaide Film Festival has launched and celebrated the best of world cinema, with many of these works made in Australia, including South Australia.

“Filmmakers have come from across the country to share their works – to network and share their ideas and skills with each other in anticipation of building the momentum to create a new, exciting work.

“The Festival wants this for young South Australians and to help give them the edge to take their part in this burgeoning industry.”

The first edition of the AFF Youth program will take place in July 2021.

SA Power Networks is the key partner and will support the program by connecting young people in rural areas.

The Adelaide Film Festival also announced the AFF Youth Statewide Filming Competition today, which will be open to all South Australian schools until the end of Term 1, 2021.

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