In a world that displays increasing division, skepticism, anger, war and harm, we, as humans, must relish in the moments that can lift us up out of those realities.

The world is a beautiful place too, and we see that young people display optimistic and hopeful attitudes when they are surrounded by uplifting, inspirational, and bright stories, people, and situations.

Be it a true or fictional story, with a theme such as ILLUMINATE, EDUCATE, ELEVATE, we feel that people attending the festival will be constantly engaged in conversation surrounding this theme. Triumphs in the face of adversity, challenges overcome, making good from bad, and changes in thinking will be the prominent feature of the films and events planned for the festival.

The theme is essentially based around how young individuals can have the capacity to be beacons of change. They have their own opinions and their own thoughts, they often get caught up in them, but they can also be powerful individuals.

ILLUMINATE – Shining a light on important, meaningful, entertaining stories. Shining a light on youth culture.

EDUCATE – Enlightening the audience on global stories, screening films that change hearts and change minds.

ELEVATE – Lifting spirits, providing a platform for youth to speak up and share ideas and opinions.

This individuality should be celebrated, but not discounting other opinions and thoughts.

We want to encourage and empower the youth of today where truth, creativity, imagination and fantasy can help to form new friendships and and discover something new.

We want to provide positive messages for young people.  We want to celebrate ideas, stories and films that celebrate aspects of young people’s lives, and also highlight issues that not only young people face, but all of us as humanity.

We feel genuine responsibility for the youth who attend the AIYFF and feel that we are helping them navigate their way through life in a positive way.