Lights, camera, action! Illawarra Green Flicks film competition open for entries

12 to 24-year-old budding movie makers in the Illawarra are invited to get creative and make a short film about the environment for the 2017 Green Flicks competition.

Young people involved in making a short film for Illawarra Green Flicks short film competition

Green Flicks Illawarra aims to inspire young people to connect with issues in their local environment. This year the competition has expanded to include entrants from the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven areas.

Green Flicks is organised by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in partnership with a youth steering group, featuring students from local high schools.

This year’s theme is ‘change’. Filmmakers can capture footage on their mobile phones or more sophisticated equipment to create a movie up to 3 minutes in length.

OEH Executive Director Ian Hunter said there is no limit on young people’s creativity and the inspiration that can be drawn from our environment.

“Green Flicks is developed by young people, for young people and helps engage them with the importance of acting locally to have a broader effect,” Mr Hunter said.

“Short films are a great way to exchange ideas and Green Flicks is a way to channel talent and enthusiasm to shed light on young people’s views on protecting and celebrating our environment,” Mr Hunter said.

The competition is divided into 3 age categories: 12–14, 15–17 and 18–24. Last year’s competition received 38 entries under the theme ‘big trouble, little world’.

The winner of last year’s 12–14 age category was Skyla Yorke, for her beautiful and educational short film ‘My Little World, Our Little World’.

“My film is focused on how beautiful and diverse this little world is. It shows you just a few ways to help our environment and what we should be doing to clean it up,” Ms Yorke said.

Emme Cook, Avalon Rob and Hannah Billet came first in the 15–17 age group for their clever and amusing production ‘Titanic: The inconvenient truth’.

Movie-makers can get inspired by watching more of last year’s entries and learn useful skills at a free Green Flicks filmmaking workshop in the July school holidays.

Competition entrants will be in the running to share $5000 in cash prizes. Winners will be announced at a community event showcasing the films.

Based on feedback from last year’s competition, Green Flicks 2017 will include a ‘People’s Choice’ voting feature for shortlisted films.

Entries close 8 September 2017. For more information about Green Flicks and to register for one of the free filmmaking workshops in July, visit: Green Flicks Illawarra short film competition.