Ipswich City Council Calls for Submission of Entries for the Upcoming Ipswich Film Festival for Youth 2019

Ipswich Film Festival for Youth
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Let your child’s creativity flow by joining Ipswich City Council’s Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) 2019.

This film festival is accepting entries from youth members who are aged 7 to 25 years old. All participants who are interested in joining the festival must submit a short film with their friends under the theme of “FUTURE— What is Possible”.

The Ipswich City Council will be accepting entries until Friday, 20 September 2019; whilst the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth short film screening and awarding ceremony will take place on Saturday, 19 October 2019, at The Circle in Robelle Domain.

Age Group Categories

For this year’s film festival, the Council have decided to split up the competition into 3 age groups with different categories on each level. Below are the listed categories for IFFY 2019:

7 – 11 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Share It (social media format – phone video recordings in portrait or landscape)
  • Single Shot (60 seconds non-stop)
  • Silent Film (black and white with no audio)

12 – 17 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Documentary (storytelling)
  • Sci-Fi
  • School Entry (school groups only)

18 – 25 Years

  • Best Picture (age overall winner)
  • Documentary (storytelling)
  • Music Video (video to suit the soundtrack Evolution (this is a royalty-free soundtrack, but entrants must credit Bensound)
  • Animation/Stop Motion (comic or computer animated)


A major prize of GoPro will be awarded for each age group category. Minor prizes will also be given at the festival, and these include various gift cards that are worth $3,600.

Ipswich Film Festival for Youth
Photo credit: Ipswich City Council/ Facebook

How to Enter

Each participant must create and upload their own entry video or videos online via Film Freeway. Submission of entries is open until 20 September 2019.

The length of the short film must be1 to 3 minutes with a maximum size of 10GB. The following video formats are accepted: MPEG4, MP4, MOV, AVI, and WMV.

Judging Criteria

All submitted entries will be judged conducted according to the following criteria:

  • Use of the theme 25%
  • Use of storytelling 25%
  • Use of editing 25%
  • Use of visual and audio effects 25%

Members of the judging panel for Ipswich Film Festival for Youth 2019 are: Mikaele Lese, EJ Garrett, and Connor Fairclough.

For more information about the judges and the terms and conditions of IFFY 2019, click here.