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South East Arts YOOFTube Finalists Announced

Young filmmakers across the region are celebrating this morning as the finalists for YOOFTube 2016 are announced.

Young people aged 12-20 from Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro were invited to submit short films to South East Arts’ annual competition. This year the quality was exceptionally high and judges spent hours deliberating the shortlist.

The finalists are:

The winners of the various prizes including up to $1000 cash will be announced at simultaneous screenings of the films at The Picture Show Man in Merimbula and The Kinema in Narooma on 12 September. Other screenings will take place across the region in September including Cooma, Eden and Batemans Bay.

Some entrants took part in South East Arts’ supported filmmaking workshops across the region in the lead up to the competition. These covered skills like storyboarding, editing and scriptwriting.

Mrs Kate Howarth, Screen Industry Development Officer from South East Arts said, “These days filmmaking is so accessible. YOOFTube has received entries made on anything from mobile phones to high-end cameras. It’s a great avenue for storytelling and something the youth of the region really connect with.”

“With no restrictions on genre or subject, filmmakers are able to really express themselves. There are often recurring themes in the films that are entered into YOOFTube, mirroring the experiences and social consciousness of regional youth.”

“South East Arts is proud to present YOOFTube each year and we love encouraging young filmmakers. Who knows? We could be fostering the next big Australian movie success story in our region. We received record entries this year and were really happy to see a large number of those came from the Snowy Monaro,” she said.
In 2016, as well as generous support from author Jamie Shaw, local businesses and organisations, seven professional regional filmmakers have come on board to provide workshop and mentoring opportunities for the YOOFTube winners. This is a reflection of the work South East Arts has been doing with the assistance of Screen NSW – identifying, supporting and bringing together filmmakers and storytellers across the south east.

Full details of YOOFTube screenings and awards will be announced soon and you can find out more information at the YOOFTube Facebook page or the South East Arts website www.southeastarts.org.au.

YOOFTube 2016 Judges: actor Patrick Dickson, Chris Sheedy (ABC Open), Andrew Gray (General Manager, South East Arts), Scott Baker (filmmaker and Bega Valley Council representative), Jazz Williams (filmmaker and South East Arts, Aboriginal Creative and Cultural Engagement Officer) and Gary Longesborough (filmmaker), also on the judging panel was Kate Howarth, Screen Industry Development Officer, South East Arts.