Young directors impress at Ipswich Film Festival for Youth

Ipswich’s own Tarantino, Gerwig, Scorsese, DuVernay, Fincher, Peele or Campion might have emerged with the announcement of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY) winners.

Homegrown filmmakers Leah Pick, Ivy Anderson and Abigail Worth won the best overall picture in the 7 to 11 years-old category for ‘Beyond the Forbidden Gates’.

And another Ipswich student, Abigail Newman, won in the same age category for the LOLs Award for her film, ‘Roll Fun’.

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said Ipswich was fortunate to have such young and emerging, talented filmmakers.

“The standard of entries was breathtaking with the scoring from competition judges extremely close,” Cr Fechner said.

“I am thrilled that four Ipswich students were among the winners in the youngest age category, which is a great sign for the future of filmmaking in the region. I cannot wait to see their next projects.”

Dust off Dad’s old Camcorder, charge your iPhone, start collecting your props and sketching your storyboards to get involved in the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY).

Youth aged from 7 to 25 years are encouraged to create and submit their short films to be in the running for some awesome prizes.

2022 Winners

7 to 11 Years

  • Best Overall Picture – Beyond the Forbidden Gates by Leah Pick, Ivy Anderson and Abigail Worth
  • LOLs Award – Roll Fun by Abigail Newman

12 to 17 Years

  • Best Overall Picture – Escapism by Olivia Yates
  • Best Documentary – The Atar Experience by Jonathon Charlie Copson-Pacal
  • Best Animation – Our Pandemic by Haewon Lee
  • Best Music Video – Alien by Lily Podlich

18 to 25 Years

  • Best Overall Picture – Pacing The Pool by Radheya Jegatheva
  • Best Documentary – Pacing The Pool by  Radheya Jegatheva
  • Best Animation –  Trial & Error by Tuesday Moon and Bearzebub by Roy Sisson

Best Music Video – Trial & Error by Tuesday Moon

Cr Fechner said the 2022 IFFY competition theme was ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ – with all the world’s challenges right on our doorstep, what does a breath of fresh air do for you?

Entrants were divided across three age group categories: 7 to 11 years, 12 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years, with prizes to be won for each category. The short films had to be no longer than five minutes.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere in Tulmur Place at the weekend as we celebrated the achievements of our entrants and winners of the 2022 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth,” Cr Fechner said.

For more information about the annual Ipswich Film Festival for Youth click here.

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