South East Arts' youth short film competition is coming to its grand finale with screenings and awards taking place across the region in September. One dozen of the region's finest short films will be screened at events in Narooma, Cooma, Merimbula and Batemans Bay during September.
On Monday, September 12, at The Kinema in Narooma and The Picture Show Man in Merimbula the prizewinners will be announced simultaneously, following screenings of the top 12 films.
Lachlan Callender of Bodalla entered three films and his short doco 'Jye McDonald' about a local longboarder got into the Top 12 and is up for a prize. He also entered last year, made the finals but didn't get a prize.
Big hopes for him this year, as he has come a long way and it’s nice too that he does little docos on locals, according to the organisers.
YOOFTube will land in Batemans Bay on Friday, September 23, thanks to South East Arts and the Batemans Bay international Fringe Festival's Lumina Alley. In Cooma, screenings take place on September 26.
YOOFTube has been generously supported this year, primarily by author J.D. Shaw of Mogareeka, but also by local businesses and service organisations across Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Snowy Monaro.
"It was particularly great to get so much support this year from filmmakers across the region,” said Kate Howarth, Screen Industry Development Officer for South East Arts. “We have some really high profile filmmakers living and working in our region and they are all behind YOOFTube.
“Many of our prize winners will go on to the workshops with local filmmakers who are doing great things all over the world in drama and documentary. The films entered this year were all of a very high quality. You can expect drama, laughter, maybe some tears, animation and even some experimental filmmaking. The talents of these kids is amazing.”
The Bega Valley has always been a hotspot for filmmaking and the talent on show in YOOFTube 2016 is a testament to that. Past entrants are here again, but this time with new and exciting projects showing real growth. We've also seen some new talent enter and it will be interesting to see how audiences react to the different styles of films on show.
"In the Snowy Monaro, Cooma Rotary have come on board and it is great that they really understand the need for kids to tell their stories and film is a terrific way for them to do this. Snowy Hydro have offered their support by providing a screening venue and we hope that in future years these relationships will continue to grow and help us support young filmmakers," Mrs Howarth said.
"In Eurobodalla, local creatives have been a huge support to YOOFTube and to be part of the inaugural Batemans Bay international Fringe Festival is really exciting," she said.
YOOFTube is part of South East Arts' Screen Industry Strategy, supported by Screen NSW, with a view to developing the screen industry across south east NSW.
You can book tickets to the free screenings at southeastarts.eventbrite.com
Book now as seats fill very quickly. More information is available from South East Arts on telephone 64920711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org