Ready, set, action! Calling on young filmmakers

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Budding young filmmakers keen to put their creative talents to good use are encouraged to enter the University of Adelaide's second annual short film festival, with more than $2000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

This year's theme "Behind the Door..." is wide open to interpretation and is sure to produce some innovative and imaginative entries from young Australians.

The free competition is being held as part of the Festival of Short Films at the University of Adelaide's Open Day on Sunday 17 August.

Entries are now open. Participants must be aged under 25 years and produce a short movie of five minutes or less that adheres to the theme "Behind the Door..."

The short films could take any form, including animation, and must be suitable for a general public audience.

The winner will receive the use of an editing suite from digital media company Fat City, valued at $1000, and free membership to the Media Resource Centre (MRC), plus much more. There will also be prizes for the second and third-place finalists.

All finalists will have their stories streamed online at the AdelaideNow website (, giving their short films instant exposure to members of the public and industry.

The judging panel includes leaders in the field of filmmaking, television, advertising, digital and print media.

The University of Adelaide's Head of Media, Associate Professor Mary Griffiths, says the sophisticated media technology available to young people today will hopefully encourage them to tell a story in their own creative style.

"Schools and households now have access to the latest media software that makes it much easier to put together a film with just some basic knowledge," she says.

Dr Griffiths says South Australia's reputation for producing outstanding filmmakers - spanning the whole artistic realm from acting, to directing, producing, editing, animating and screenwriting - provided no better inspiration for the State's creative youth.

"Competitions of this sort have the potential to unearth the next generation of great filmmakers from our State," she says.

Entries close on Friday 25 July. There is no cost to enter. For more information and entry forms, visit:


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