Student Day - Friday 27 May
Discounted group bookings can be made via our office or individual tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Give your students the chance to enjoy a satisfying, fun day of exploring the medium of film and filmmaking.
Screen Producers Assoc. of Australia Pitching (workshop) - Students are asked to arrive with a fun, original idea for a television show or film. Host Matt Okine (writer/actor) will host a dynamic session where everyone will learn the art of 'pitching' and some students will get the chance to share their idea and test their new skills. Bring pen and paper.
Getty Images Workshop - Listen. Learn See. (workshop) - Come and join Marketing Manager Jane King as she workshops their footage and music collections, giving you tips and tricks on using stock footage and music.
Just for Youth (screening) - A brilliant selection of short films from some of Australia's most talented young filmmakers that will delight and educate attendees.
The Worm Hunters (screening) - A handful of oddball scientists take off around the world on a hunt for an animal they are convinced can save the planet, the humble earthworm.
Murundak (screening) - Take a journey into the heart of Aboriginal protest music with a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.
Meet The Filmmaker: Travel Your Talent - Three highly establish and much lauded filmmmakers will discuss how to travel one's talent outside the sandy shores of Australia.
Kids own stories (screening) - A fun selection of short films especially for younger students.
Michael Yezerski Master Class - Students will get the rare chance to listen to an award-winning composer share his stories and passions behind the music he creates for films such as the Academy Award winning The Lost Thing and acclaimed features such as The Waiting City and The Black Balloon.
Oovie Student Project Special Gala (screening) - The silver screen debut of three short films made by NSW schools (Ascham, Callaghan, St. Phillips) for DFF's mentorship program, followed by the acclaimed film Mrs Carey's Concert presented by legendary filmmaker Bob Connolly and his talented Co-Director Sophie Raymond.
I, Wombot (screening) - Director Andre Muller will present the World Premiere of his exciting film about a group of Aussie students who get the chance to travel to America and join an international robot building competition for the first time, not an easy challenge but definitely a fun one.
If any students want to stay on, they are welcome to also attend:
Charles Blackman: An Imprint In Time (screening) - For art lovers, this documentary explores one of Australia's most original, prolific and celebrated modernist artists. This film is a window into his thoughts and ideas about his work.
The Project Factory - Digital Media: Thief or Saviour? (workshop) - Guy Gadney will explore whether the new medium is a saviour of storytellers or a thief of copyright and income. Guy’s session will bring stories about his experiences of what works and what bombs online.
In the evening, the Festival becomes 18+ but we encourage teachers to stay and experience the entire weekend which is jam packed with incredible Aussie content.