Region gets behind budding filmmakers

Over $5000 in prizes, the chance to see your film on the big screen at local cinemas, and future film industry opportunities are on offer at this year's Festival de YOOF Tube.

Over $5000 in prizes, the chance to see your film on the big screen at local cinemas, and future film industry opportunities are on offer at this year's Festival de YOOF Tube.

Local youths are being encouraged to enter a short film competition carrying over $5000 in prizes, and also offering the chance to see your film up on the big screen at local cinemas.

The opportunity to attend workshops run by industry professionals is another drawcard.

An initiative of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Festival de YOOF Tube is being facilitated by South East Arts, and has been opened up to 12-20 year-olds across the whole South East region this year, having previously been limited to the Bega Valley.

Three local cinemas will screen the films in September, with the Picture Show Man in Merimbula joined this year by Bay City Cinema and Narooma Kinema as participating cinemas.

Funded by Arts NSW, YOOF Tube has also been supported this year with each council offering prizes for youths who are keen to make a film in their shire.

The original patron for the event, Jamie Shaw, is once again offering the J.D. Shaw $1000 prize for best film, and the $500 prize for best film by an entrant under 15 years of age.

J.D. Shaw has supported YOOF Tube for the past three years and is delighted to see the competition go regional to create opportunities for all youths with a passion for film to have a go. 

Industry professionals from ABC Open and Gooseboy Productions are also offering prizes in the form of exclusive workshops.

These workshops offer local youths a real chance to build foundation skills in film or digital media.

The competition closes on the August 8, so there’s plenty of lead time this year for films to be produced.

To view the conditions of entry and to download an entry form, click here.

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