What it is:

A competitive funding round that will result in two or three filmmaking teams (subject to submission numbers and quality) being selected to participate in a development and mentoring process over the course of 10 months. The selected filmmaking teams will receive a cash budget as well as high level mentorship, in-kind production and post-production resources to produce their film, which will then have its world premiere at the AIYFF, 2019 where their 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.

Applications close on August 17th.

What’s on offer:

  • Custom one-on-one mentoring through the entire process
  • Participation in a development lab where your idea (and you) will be challenged, refined and perfected. (catering provided). Valued at $500
  • A series of six, two hour masterclasses with six industry practitioners. (Estimated value $2000)
  • A cash budget of $1500 thanks to the City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters and AIYFF
  • In-Kind equipment hire to the value of $500
  • An online edit session with a professional editor and colourist, to the value of $500 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

$5300 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. The applicant must have a team behind them or be able to source one over the course of the initiative (at a minimum, we will back teams of two, which must include a producer, e.g. writer/director plus producer, or writer/producer plus director, 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, and your story idea is youth themed, 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).
  • This year we are not limiting submissions to those that tie into our festival theme. In other words, your script can be about anything! But we do ask that your film idea is appropriate for a youth audience.

Who is running this initiative:

The Short Film Worx initiative is run and governed by the AIYFF, Beyond Content and the City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters. Throughout the process, the mentors who you will work and come into contact with are as follows.

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.



Sam Matthews is a director with a decade’s experience in post-production. She has just finished directing Unboxed, a 6-part series about gender diverse artists for ABC Arts. Last year, she directed a video starring members of the South Australian trans community. We Are Visible 2017 was published on social media on International Transgender Day of Visibility, and reached an audience of 250,000 in four days.

Sam is co-owner and Head of Post at Beyond Content based in Adelaide, Australia. She has edited, colour graded and animated many scripted, documentary, advertising and corporate projects. In 2007, Sam completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The Flinders University of South Australia, and from 2009–2015 she worked as a video editor for KOJO Adelaide. Sam’s post department credits include Goober (ABC iview), Boys in the Trees (Mushroom Pictures), Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures (SLR Productions) and Microbes to Macrobes: The Story of Frank Fenner (Ronin Films).


Kirsty Stark is the Adelaide-based producer of First Day, Goober, A Month of Sundays and Wastelander Panda: Exile. Her company, Epic Films, was named the Screen Producers Australia “Breakthrough Business of the Year” in 2016.

Prior to producing, Kirsty worked as a camera assistant on several Australian feature films, including Snowtown and Oranges and Sunshine. She Currently heads up the South Australian Office of Matchbox Pictures.



Miles Rowland has had a long history in cinematography starting from an early interest in 35mm photography as a young teenager.

As an advertising DoP he has shot campaigns for iSelect, Qantas Frequent Flyer, Tourism New Zealand, The University of Adelaide, Bank SA and Beyond Bank Australia and many others.

As a drama DoP he recently finished shooting the very bold and bright multi-language television series Fo Fo Figgily which was filmed in Studio TwoFour54 Media Zone in Abu Dhabi. He was also one of the cinematographers behind the acclaimed Australia film The Turning produced by Robert Connolly (Romulus My Father, Balibo). As a second unit cinematographer Miles contributed to Jim Loach’s British-Australia co-production Chasing Satellites shot in the Australian outback as well as Nick Matthews acclaimed thriller One Eyed Girl. He also worked on Hotel Mumbai (starring Armie Hammer and Dev Patel) and Nicholas Verso’s Boys in the Trees.



Sophie Hyde directed, produced and co-wrote the innovative feature drama 52 TUESDAYS which won the directing award for world cinema at Sundance 2014 and the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale 2014.

As a producer, her documentaries include SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE (Sundance 2015) SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Sundance 2011) and LIFE IN MOVEMENT (Australian Documentary Prize 2012), which she also co-directed. Sophie was Executive Producer on TV projects including STUNT LOVE and Dendy Award winning I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES. She is currently a recipient of Screen Australia’s Feature Enterprise Program, and more recently has had success with F*#!ing Adelaide screening on ABC iView at the moment.

Laura Franklin was one of three Short Film Worx initiative recipients in 2017 who received the South Australian Encouragement Award for her film “Grandpa”. Laura Franklin is a South Australian Filmmaker, teacher and business owner. Upon leaving school she went to uni and in 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Screen at Flinders University. The following year she went on to study animation and visual effects at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE). Since then she has been building her creative portfolio and in 2017 started her film production business Frank Films as well as studying her masters in Teaching at the University of South Australia.  Laura has been part of the Winning teams for the 48 hour film project for the last three years in a row and is currently in pre-production for an animated short film “Graham Grey”


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 2018/2019:

  • Submissions open 30th July 2018
  • Submissions close 17th August 2018
  • Successful applicants are announced 24th August (Award Presentation Day of the festival)
  • Development Intensive Feb 2019
  • Mentor Session 1 – March 2019
  • Mentor Session 2 – March 2019
  • Mentor Session 3 – April 2019
  • Mentor Session 4 – April 2019
  • Mentor Session 5 – May 2019
  • Mentor Session 6 – May 2019
  • Pre-Production  – June 2019
  • Production – July 2019
  • Post Production – August 2019
  • Premiere of all films – September 2019

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