What it is:

A competitive funding round that will result in two or three filmmakers / filmmaking teams being selected to participate in a development and mentoring process. The selected filmmaking teams will receive a cash budget as well as in-kind production and post-production resources to produce their film, which will then have its world premiere at the AIYFF, 2018 where there films will be debated on and judged by the select youth jury.  The coveted South Australian Encouragement Award will then be presented to the winning film at the closing ceremony.


What’s on offer:

  • Custom one-on-one mentoring through the entire process
  • Participation in a weekend development lab where your idea (and you) will be challenged, refined and perfected
  • A series of masterclasses with industry practitioners
  • A cash budget of $2000 thanks to the City of Adelaide and AIYFF
  • In-Kind equipment hire to the value of $1000
  • An online edit session with a professional editor and colourist, to the value of $1000 ensuring your film is finished to the highest standard
  • A festival budget of $300, PLUS a custom festival strategy for each film, curated by the Artistic Director of the AIYFF

$4300 total value

Who is it for:

We’re looking for applications from project owners, you could be a writer, or a writer/director, or a producer or a producer/writer, etc. Ideally, the applicant will have a team behind them (a producer or director, or cinematographer, etc).

Given that we are a youth film festival, this initiative is aimed at filmmakers between 18 – 25, who have some previous experience. There are no specific requirements, but the more experience you can demonstrate, the better. Importantly, the age range is not locked in stone. If you’re over 25, but feel you will get value out of this experience, then we’d love to receive your application.

What are the qualifying criteria:

  • Filmmakers should (ideally) be between the ages of 18-25. But we’re open to exceptional submissions from filmmakers outside this age bracket.
  • Screenplays should be under 10 pages (we’ll accept screenplays that are slightly longer, in exceptional circumstances).
  • Films should speak to the theme ‘Uplift’, which is the overarching theme for the 2018 AIYFF festival.

Who is running this initiative:

The Short Film Worx initiative is run and governed by the AIYFF, but your principal mentor and main point of contact will be Stephen de Villiers. Throughout the process, there will be a number of other mentors who you will work and come into contact with.

Stephen de Villiers is an award-winning writer/director who originally hails from South Africa, but is now proud to call Australia home. A graduate of the directing program at AFTRS he has written and/or directed over 12 short films. During his career he is fortunate enough to have worked with some of South Africa and Australia’s top actors, while Super Sounds, his last short, has screened at over 40 top film festivals, including Giffoni (Italy), Flickerfest (Sydney), San Francisco International Film Festival, while it won Best Film at the Fleurieu Film Festival in his home state of South Australia.

You can learn more about Stephen in the promo video above, or by visiting any of the following links.




Socratis Otto – Wentworth, X-Men Origins, The Matrix Reloaded

I worked with Stephen when he was graduating from the directing course at AFTRS.

He made such an impression on me - a supreme outlook on life and art, remaining enthusiastic, original, dangerous, and understanding in his vision whilst collaborating with me. A sure bet to bring out the best in his team. And a total delight to front to his set each day.

He showed masterful potential and am certain his guidance with filmmakers will be of equal inspiration as my time spent in front of the camera with him.

Sean Cameron Michael – Shooter, The Mummy, Black Sails

I had the honor a few years back of working with multi-talented director Stephen de Villiers on Janet van Eeden's short film ``A Shot at the Big Time``. I've been incredibly fortunate over the years to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including the likes of Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Ryan Reynolds and Matt Damon. Stephen is such a giving, professional and passionate filmmaker and a true ``actor's director``. The subject matter of ``Shot`` was incredibly sensitive and personal for Janet (being a biographical story about her late brother) and Stephen certainly rose to the challenge of helping her bring this touching story to life with class and expertise. He managed to capture a vulnerability and intensity on film, which not only shows on screen, but certainly helped raise the profile of the short film which premiered at Cannes and is now development for a full feature film. This could not have been achieved without Stephen's mastery and I look forward to working with him again should the opportunity arise.

Important dates for 2018 TBC:

  • Submissions open
  • Submissions close
  • Successful applicants are announced
  • Weekend Development Intensive
  • Shoot Week
  • Post-Production
  • Premiere of all three films

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