5 July 2021

The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) has announced the 21 finalists in the Statewide Schools Filmmaking Competition.

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.

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).

John Gardner, MP, Minister for Education, said: “I’d like to congratulate these aspiring young film critics and film makers. It is an extraordinarily exciting time to be a part of the screen industry in South Australia with the producers of global productions choosing to film right here in our state. The AFF Youth program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and explore potential career pathways in this field and I thank those experienced screen professionals who are giving back to the film industry through this festival.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni offered his congratulations to the Adelaide Film Festival on the AFF Youth Program: “The Marshall Government is proud to support this exciting new initiative which supports young South Australians to aspire to rewarding careers in screen industry.”

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

The films will premiere at the sold-out Red Carpet Gala on Sunday July 25. More info HERE

Tickets are still available for the Encore Red Carpet Gala  Screening on Friday July 30. Purchase HERE