Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition With the SA screen industry booming, with back-to-back productions underway across the state and world class postproduction and special effects companies based in Adelaide, the AFF Youth program (July 25 – 30) 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 celebrated and screened at a Red Carpet Gala event on Sunday 25 July from 3pm at Palace Nova Eastend, with encore screenings on Friday 30 July. Internationally acclaimed Adelaide-based actress, writer and director Tilda Cobham-Hervey, the Patron of AFF Youth, will attend the Red Carpet Gala. The full list of finalists is available at: 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 PRIZES 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). KEY CRITERIA 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. CLOSING DATES Short screen works from South Australian students eligible for the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition – 24 May 2021. SUBMISSIONS Submissions are now closed. We are currently viewing all submissions and will be screening a selection at the Red Carpet Gala on July 25 Presented in partnership with the Department for Education and Department for Skills and Innovation.