The winners of the YOOFTube short film competition have been announced at the awards screening in Merimbula on Monday night.
Tathra’s Lucca Paijmans has won best film for his submission, Serum.
This is the final year Lucca was eligible to take part in the youth film festival, and he is glad to go out on a win.
“Part of me is sad that it’s over, but another part of me is relieved,” he said.
“Because I have been in the competition for so long, there has been pressure built up around me, but now I can pass the focus onto other filmmakers.”
Ruby Bichard from Pambula won best film in the under 15 age category for her animated work, When We’re Not Watching.
Lucca said Ruby’s work showed good promise for the competition going forward.
“I’ve just encouraged her to keep going and put her heart into her work, that is the main thing.”
Llew Badger of Bega won best Bega Valley film and Sam Bath of Catalina won best Eurobodalla film.
List of 2017 YOOFTube winners
Best Animation: Chloe Bobbin,17 from Narooma for her film REM
Best Actor: Luca Yi, 12 from Bega for his film Aussie Cooking with Gavin.
Best Film Under 15: Ruby Bichard, 13 of Pambula for her film When We’re Not Watching
Best Bega Valley Film: Llew Badger, 13 of Bega for his film Lost
Best Film: Lucca Paijmans, 20 of Tathra for his film Serum
Best Screenplay/Best Eurobodalla Film: Sam Bath, 13 of Catalina for his film Chickenzilla: King of Beasts
Best Sound: Isaac Mackay, 18 of South Durras for his film Le Cauchemar
Overall Encouragement Award: Thomas Gardner and Vincent Edwards, 14 of Tuross Head for their film Captain Skipper’s Tale
Best Cinematography: David Perry, 15 of Bega for his film Tomorrow
Acting Encouragement Award: Findlay Walker, 15 of Bega for her film They Call Her Little Pip
ABC Open Show: Sasha Chadwick, 16 of Tura Beach for Untitled Art