Every film screened at the AIYFF receives an "Official Selection" laurel

Major Award Categories as follows:
  • Best Overall Film
  • Best Film made FOR  5-13 year olds
  • Best Film made FOR  13-18 year olds
  • Best Film made FOR for 18+ year olds
Recognition Award
Contribution Award
South Australian Encouragement Award
Youth Filmmaker Awards
Best Film by International filmmaker/s aged 5-18
Best Film by Australian filmmaker/s aged 5-18
Best Film by South Australian Junior School
Best Film by South Australian High School


The Adelaide International Youth Film Festival (AIYFF) was pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 program. Selected from a line-up of more than 90 films representing over 20 countries the awards were presented to a packed cinema on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the GU Film House, Adelaide.

“After five days of ‘uplifting’ films, over 2,500 attendees made up of 22 schools, film lovers, industry guests, our Principal Partners, YOLO China and our official Youth Jury who voted on all films, it is very exciting to finally announce and celebrate the inspirational and stand-out films offered during the first Adelaide International Youth Film Festival,” said Artistic Director and CEO Chloe Gardner. “We are thrilled to have upwards of $20,000 worth of cash prizes, exquisite trophies, travel vouchers, film courses and products to award our winners”.

Major Awards sponsored by Opal Diamond Factory

Opal Diamond Factory Best Overall Film 2017 awarded to The Bachelors, directed by Kurt Voelker from the United States. Recognition Award awarded to, You and Me, directed by Richard Coburn from Adelaide. Contribution Award awarded to YOLO Entertainment from China. South Australian Encouragement Award awarded to Grandpa, directed by Laura Franklin from South Australia who was one of three selected filmmakers to participate in the Short Film Worx 2017 Initiative supported by the City of Adelaide, Picture Hire and Beyond Content.

Tier Awards sponsored by STA Travel for outstanding films made an adult.

Best Film Tier 5-13 awarded to Riceballs, directed by Shingo Usami from Australia.
Best Film Tier 13-18 awarded to One Hell of a Plan, directed by Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli from France. Best Film Tier 18+ awarded to Zach’s Ceremony, by Aaron Petersen and Alec Doomadgee also from Australia.
Youth Awards for outstanding films made by Australian young filmmakers

Best Animation awarded to Winston the Magic Dog, directed by Oscar Myles. Best Documentary awarded to joint winners Japan, directed by Lily Drummond and Wilderness in Nepal, directed by Wilderness School. Best Live-Action awarded to News Fail, directed by Kids Camera Action. Best Film by an Australian School awarded to Caffeine, produced by Pembroke School.

Youth Awards for outstanding films made by International young filmmakers

Best Animation awarded to Most Wanted, directed by Victor Ilmann from Canada. Best Documentary awarded to Dee Baker, My Life as a Voice Actor, directed by Baxter Chelsom from the United States. Best Live-Action awarded to Bus Story, directed by Jorge Yudice from Spain.


South Australian Achievement Award awarded to Ace, directed by Jess Evans

China Achievement Award awarded to Fake Money, directed by Ying Xie