Adelaide International Youth Film Festival

A film festival for the Youth of SA and the world! The best films sought for 5-25 year olds

Adelaide (February 2021)

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Thank you to everyone who answered the call and donated to the Festival. With your help, we hit our $20k target!⁠ ⁠ We are enormously grateful for the support and everyone who donated will be recognised on the AFF website. Your contributions help AFF have a greater impact in producing an exceptional film festival, showcasing the state of SA as a creative centre of independent filmmaking and sharing our stories with the rest of the world.⁠ ⁠ If your FOMO is kicking in, fear not - we do accept donations year-round so it's not too late to join Team AFF and contribute to help support AFF 2020!⁠ ⁠ #ADLFF⁠ #AFF⁠ #grateful #gratitude
Want to expand your home cinema viewing & support a valuable education initiative? The Sydney South African Film Festival is going online, screening nationwide from 16 to 26 May. Be entertained, touched and informed by a program of features & docs exploring the culture, history and politics of South Africa. All ticket proceeds go to supporting Education without Borders in programs that assist young South Africans in some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities. Visit for all the details
How amazing is Sarah Snook is in Succession (Foxtel Now)! Adelaide born and raised, Sarah studied drama at Scotch College and then NIDA. With numerous accolades for TV and theatre work, she is celebrated for performances in Sisters of War (2012) for which she won a Best Actress ACCTA, These Final Hours (AFF Feature Competition 2013), Predestination (2014), for which she won her second ACCTA and The Secret River (2015) mini-series where she played frontier settler Sal Thornhill. Sarah won hearts as the dowdy Gertrude Pratt transformed by the ultra-glam provocateur Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) in The Dressmaker (2015), before scaring the pants off us in Winchester (2018) with Helen Mirren. The ‘most haunted house in history’ with over 500 rooms – not where we’d want to spend quarantine! Sarah Snook – we salute you! #ADLFF
YAAAAS KWEEN! We are loving Vogue’s 20 Female-directed films to stream during lockdown! So many amazing films to lust after. A couple of our faves - in chronological order – coming in at no. 2 is Agnès Varda with Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), a master filmmaker and subject of this week's ACMI Virtual Cinematheque with her beloved Jacques Demy. This film can be rented from Kanopy. At no. 6 is the incredible Jane Campion with The Piano (1993) available on SBS on Demand. The film won more than 63 international film awards including the Palme d’Or, and Campion is STILL the only woman to have ever received Cannes’ coveted prize. Sofia Coppola slips into no.8 with Lost in Translation (2003) starring Scarlet Johannsen and Bill Murray, available on Foxtel Now, while Ava DuVernay sits at no. 13 with Oscar winner Selma (2014) available to buy or rent on Google Play or Apple iTunes. No. 15 is the hilariously kooky Toni Erdmann (2016) directed by Maren Ade. A favourite on the international film festival circuit, its available on Stan and Foxtel Now. Another festival favourite is Nadine Labaki whose stunning drama Capernaum (2018) sits at no. 17 on the list. You can watch it at home on SBS On Demand. The final entry on Vogue’s 20 Female-directed films to stream during lockdown list is the utterly compelling romantic drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) by Céline Sciamma. A near perfect film (4.5 stars from David Stratton!) to complete a truly wonderful list. Portrait is available to buy or rent on Google Play or Apple iTunes #AFF
Perhaps not a deliberate trailblazer, SA producer Kirsty Stark credits reflect projects that challenge traditional ways of doing, and push boundaries in form and content. Using her values to select projects in which she finds real meaning, Kirsty is committed to creative solutions and creating positive and collaborative on-set experiences for all cast and crew. Recognised for the groundbreaking short & series WASTELANDER PANDA (Dir. Victoria Cocks, 2012-14) Kirsty produced AFFIF feature A MONTH OF SUNDAYS (Dir. Matt Saville, 2016) with Nick Batzias and Madman. That year her company Epic Films won Breakthrough Business Award at the SPA Awards and in 2018 she partnered with Matchbox Pictures as a SA based Development Producer. Last year Kirsty had 3 projects in production with TV series FIRST DAY (Dir. Julie Kalceff) and STATELESS (as co-producer for Matchbox) both screening now on ABC & ABC iview, plus short film SYSTEM ERROR (Dir. Matt Vesely & produced by Closer Productions) which was selected to World Premiere at Tribeca last month before the festival was postponed. An MRC Board member and ACS Committee Member, Kirsty is an active member of the SA screen industry & has been proactive in supporting community interaction online in this time of isolation in driving the local SA Screen Industry Facebook Group.
South Australia’s first locally developed and produced television series THE HUNTING by AFFIF Alumni Closer Productions - shot at Adelaide High - is SBS’s highest-rating commissioned drama of all time. Hear from the legendary Sue Masters, former Head of Scripted at SBS, on how the team delivered ‘one of the best TV bibles’ she had ever seen. Sue also talks through the thinking behind commissioning such incredible Australian dramas as THE FAMILY LAW, DEEP WATER and SAFE HARBOUR.
Vale Irrfan Khan. We are incredibly sorry to hear of the passing of the much-loved Indian actor Irrfan Khan last week. With almost 150 film credits, Khan is perhaps most known to Australian audiences for his roles in Oscar winners SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008) and LIFE OF PI (2012), and the wonderfully charming BAFTA Winner THE LUNCHBOX (2013, currently screening on SBS). AFF audiences may also remember his performance in PUZZLE (AFF 2018) opposite the fabulous Kelly McDonald (TRAINSPOTTING). A gorgeous, gentle film to watch while tinkering over your own puzzle at home, PUZZLE is available for rent or sale on Google Play and Apple iTunes. A fine actor, Khan’s tender and nuanced performances will be greatly missed.
Channelling a NEW HOPE this MAY THE FOURTH! As we start to see restrictions lift and contemplate life beyond this virus we are inspired by the collaboration and community connection that has flourished in this challenging time. If STAR WARS has taught us anything it's to never give up, that fear is the true enemy and to find humour in even the toughest of situations. What great life lessons have you learned from the Jedi?
AFF is super proud of the online content we have funded – incl. the amazing Lucy and DiC series (available now on YouTube) and Lynette Wallworth’s Collisions VR project. If you want to make big stories for the smallest screen, Screen Australia has a podcast with all the tips and tricks on how to apply for their online funding so you can be best placed to get your idea off the page on the web.
Funding alert! Our mates at the Mercury Cinema are running an online micro-short film competition. Bursting with story ideas & feeling the creative burn while trapped at home? Now’s your chance to tell your ISO tales to the world! Cabin Fever: Lockdown Tales from the Homefront is looking for lo-fi 3 min films about the social and personal impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Films can in any genre but must be suitable for general viewing audiences. Entries close May 29 – see for details
We are delighted to see Adelaide’s Tilda Cobham-Hervey listed on Screen Australia 20 female creatives to watch in 2020. Tilda’s first big screen appearance was at AFF in 2013 in AFFIF funded 52 Tuesdays. She graced the cover of the 2015 AFF program as festival muse and in 2017 AFF hosted the World Premiere of her directorial debut A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl, which won Berlin’s Crystal Bear for Best Short Film (Generation KPlus) the following year. In 2018 she wowed audiences in SA produced, AFF Audience Award winner Hotel Mumbai – a role that earned her an ACCTA Nomination. Last year she hit the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival with I Am Woman in which she plays the starring role of Helen Reddy. With a host of projects in development, Tilda is truly a star on the rise! #adlff #adelaide #screenaustralia #movies