Young filmmakers ready for 24-hour challenge

July 19, 2017 by  

Timing will be of the essence when budding filmmakers line up to take part in this year’s 24/7 Youth Film Festival.

Entries are being invited from people aged 12 to 24 who live in Brookvale and across Sydney’s Northern Beaches and are keen to vie for a chance to secure prizes worth up to $5,000.

The competition will present a unique challenge, with participants required to create their movie within 24 hours. Its duration must not exceed seven minutes and the footage must be shot at Mosman or on the Northern Beaches.

According to Melissa Messina, Acting General Manager Planning, Place & Community at Northern Beaches Council, the competition has never been so accessible due to the availability of mobile phone cameras. She says:

“The concept behind 24/7 hasn’t changed too much over the Festival’s 16-year history, but technology certainly has.”

Many aspiring filmmakers, mindful of the 24-hour time frame, are no doubt already jotting down ideas on their note pads to ensure they are ready to go promptly when registration takes place at 10:00 am on July 29.

Messina said a day later, between 10:00 am and midday, all entries will need to be dropped into the Warringah Mall Library.

All films submitted for the competition will be screened during a special showing at Brookvale’s Hoyts Warringah Mall, with an awards night to follow on September 10.