South East Arts | Young Filmmakers Wanted From Across the Region14.08.2018
South East Art’s regional short film competition for young people is now open. YOOFTube is open to everyone aged 12-25 who lives in the Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla or Bega Valley with cash prizes on offer. Entry is free.
Young filmmakers, even first-timers, are invited to submit short films of less than seven minutes in length, with the theme of CHANGE to South East Arts by 15 October.
“You can use any digital format to make your film,” says South East Arts’ Screen Industry Development Officer, Kate Howarth. “Use your phone, your tablet or camera. You can tell your own story, drama, comedy, documentary – any style you like – as long as the theme of CHANGE is reflected – in the topic, the style or even in the technical aspects of the film, such as the editing or colour.”
“This year we have expanded the YOOFTube entry age range to 25. After six years of running the competition we realised there are so many young regional people out there making amazing content and who want to pursue a career in filmmaking. Expanding the competition age range allows the slightly older filmmakers to gain exposure on a platform that might otherwise be inaccessible to them,” said Mrs Howarth.
“There is a category for Best Music Video as well, which is a great incentive for local musicians who have an original song. Our YOOFTube Facebook page helps young filmmakers link up with others in the region and provides some great opportunities for collaboration and a chance to talk about story ideas and filming techniques,” said Mrs Howarth.
“In a world where people are turning to digital media to tell their stories and interact, it’s great for our region’s young filmmakers to have a chance to get their films out there. The finalists’ films will be shown at theatres and festivals around the region in late 2018 and throughout 2019,” she said.
YOOFTube is now in it’s seventh year and many past winners and is supported by the author J.D. Shaw. Past entrants have gone on to undertake formal studies in filmmaking, including last year’s winner Lucca Paijman of Tathra. The competition is strongly supported by filmmakers and content providers who are involved in the judging and who often look to identify potential candidates for internships and traineeships from amongst the entrants.
For more information on YOOFTube entry terms and conditions to www.southeastarts.org.au/YOOFTube or check out YOOFTube on Facebook.