Words by Phoebe Montgomery
Featuring over 90 independent films and representatives from 20 countries, the new Adelaide International Youth Film Festival will be creating a buzz around Hindley Street’s new GU Filmhouse from September 27 to October 1.
This annual event, which was recently rebranded from the Adelaide Kids Film Festival to the Adelaide International Youth Film Festival (AIYFF) due to high levels of international interest, features both short and feature films created by established, independent and emerging filmmakers. Aimed at engaging a youth audience, the festival includes screenings, workshops, Q&As with special guests, and will host special student delegations from China, America, and Italy.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Uplift’, which represents the moments of joy and inspiration that lift us up and out of our messy and often painful realities. It reflects a desire to lift up today’s youth, and bring them into a space where truth, creativity, imagination, and fantasy can help forge new relationships and lead to exciting new discoveries.
The Opening Ceremony, taking place at the GU Filmhouse on Wednesday 27 September at 10am, will be packed with performances from local artists and groups. The blue carpet event features Parkour group Point A, hip-hop dance troupe Flava, singer-songwriter Ollie English and a special acappella beatbox performance from Woodville High School’s ‘Polyfonics’, and will be officially opened by the Right Honourable Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Hease.
The festival will run over 5 days and include screenings suitable for all age groups. There is a wide range of films being showcased, which will all prominently feature themes that encompass triumph in the face of adversity, challenges overcome, making good from bad, and changes in thinking. Overall, it’s an incredibly positive message for young people in Adelaide, especially those who are also aspiring filmmakers.
Some highlights include a screening of The Bachelors (director Kurt Voelker, USA), a feature-length father-and-son comedy that has been doing the round on the European festival circuit after winning The Generator +13 Award at the 2017 Giffoni Film Festival. Director Jon Bling’s trans-national film Never Forget, which follows a young Vietnamese Australian women’s return to Vietnam from Melbourne and won best film at Auckland International Film Festival, has also been selected as part of the festival’s line-up.
Happening during the last week of September, this event will give young audiences the chance to discuss, debate and vote on the films, while also inspiring them to reach out and broaden their perspective on the world they are living in.
Adelaide International Youth Film Festival Adelaide will run at the GU FilmHouse, 128 Hindley St, from September 27 to October 1.
More details here.
Also keep an eye out for the Yewth lounge to relax in between film sessions.