UPDATE 20/09: View the award winners HERE

With the SA screen industry booming,  back-to-back productions underway across the state, and world class postproduction and special effects companies based in Adelaide, the AFF Youth program is helping to prepare the State’s next generation of filmmakers and screen professionals.

AFF Youth had 41 submissions to the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition, with 21 selected as finalists.  These short films will be accessible to view from Wednesday 25 August via AFF Youth Online, our brand new, on-demand streaming platform (along with a huge selection of other AFF Youth films). The films will also be celebrated and screened at a Red Carpet Gala event on Thursday 16 September from 6pm at Palace Nova Eastend. Internationally acclaimed Adelaide-based actress, writer and director Tilda Cobham-Hervey, the Patron of AFF Youth, will attend the Red Carpet Gala, along with the student filmmakers and Adelaide screen industry heavyweights.

The general public are encouraged to view the finalists and vote for their favourite, with the winner being awarded the People’s Choice Award, thanks to SA Power Networks.
To access the films and vote, head to AFF Youth Online (you will need to create a free account).

AFF is thrilled to announce the full list of finalists:

Animal Therapy: How animals affect mental health Caitlin Vass
A qualitative study exploring how animals affect mental health
Brains Students of Reynella East College Will Britney’s friend help her escape from the zombies?
Catch Me Ella Kim
How far can you run away from your inner critic?
Clay Anai episode 1 Maren Garrett A family of clay figures sets out on an adventure
Coblivious-19 Jasper Dew
One unheeding man wakes up to an apocalyptic nightmare… but doesn’t realise it.
Daymare Amelia Evans, Iona McClements When sleep hallucinations blur the line between dream and reality, can we truly know what’s real?
District X22 Charlie Grivell
A band of scavengers help a rebellion to take down the evil conquerors of the newly discovered outer galaxy.
First World Problems Tammy Ha
When everything is going wrong, how can you not sweat the small stuff?
Kleptomania Bailey Lock
A young adolescent reflects on the consequences of living with Kleptomania
Kyle’s Misadventure in Space Jadon Wilke
How could Kyle know that by signing up for the lego club, he’d be joining a mission to defend planet earth?
Learning On Country Mimili Anangu Students Anangu students from the Mimili Community on the APY Lands share some learnings on Country from their elders
My Self Isolation Valentina A day in the life of a lockdown newbie
One Monaliza Ulang
In the Kaurna language, Kumu means One, and we, humans, can be ONE with nature
One Hit Too Far Tiarne Mewett
A lost golf ball, an abandoned house, a fear of the unknown
Pass it Over Johnathan Brink, Liam O’Donnell
A boy finds a watch in a park, confusion and mayhem ensues
Punching Bag Isaac Drury
A boy searches hope in a dark world while fighting to overcome the crippling loss of a close friend
Silicone School Charlie Evans
It’s Lachlan’s first day at a new school. What’s wrong with this school? Or, the real question, who is wrong with the school?
The Chalkening Joseph Matthews, Tyrone Wood Something sinister is brewing in the sidewalk – who will its next victim be?
The Good The Bad and The Stupid Joshua Pullino
Three friends embark on a robbery to steal the recipe of a famous burger
To Chase Light Meg McGrath
A young bird is guided by light out of the dark and into a world of hope
Tuned In Aurora Chan
A day in the life of a young girl and the connection/disconnection between daily life and world events


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).


All films must be for children and young people.

Works by young students and classes must show a good grasp of storytelling and a developing technique.


Short screen works from South Australian students eligible for the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition – 24 May 2021.


Submissions are now closed. We are currently viewing all submissions and will be screening a selection at the Red Carpet Gala on Thursday 16 September.

Presented in partnership with the Department for Education and Department for Skills and Innovation.