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Competitiors Nadine Newell, Azlan Currie, Jack Long, Max Schwager at last year's screening.
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Next month the Byron Shire Youth Film Competition will return for its second consecutive year after a hugely successful 2013 screening.

Applications are open for the upcoming event to be held inside the Byron Shire Council Chambers on Saturday April 12.

Following last year’s success the competition has evolved into the Byron Shire Youth Film Festival and will be held to coincide with National Youth Week.

The festival is being co-ordinated by Byron Youth Council, and co-organised by 16-year-old Jack Long.

Jack, who was part of the third-placegetting trio in his age group last year, says Youth Council couldn’t wait to open entries for the 2014 competition.

‘Last year we had so many awesome entries that the judges awarded special commendations outside the categories.

‘With so much talent in the shire I can’t wait to see what films are entered this year,’ he said.

Jack worked with fellow competition organiser Max Schwager, and Leon Meredith, on their film, which Jack described as ‘a good laugh and lots of fun, especially the unscripted parts’.

‘We based last year’s film on a recycling-awareness campaign.’

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the film was titled School Waste Project 2.

Last year’s judging panel included Shane Rennie of Flickerfest, who said, ‘just being at the inaugural Byron Youth Film Fest was a pleasure and to be a jury member was an honour’.

‘It is always refreshing and rewarding to see and encourage passionate stories and ideas put to film, especially from our local young adults.’

There will be three age categories for this year’s event: 12–14 years, 15–17 years and 18–25 years.

Applications are available for download at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/youth-events, or from the Council foyer, local schools and local libraries. For more information call the youth activities officer, Phoebe, on 6626 7226, or email [email protected]

Each film entry should be two to five minutes in duration. All films will be screened at the Youth Film Festival at the Council Chambers.

Entries close 25 March.

View Myriam Frank and Madison Holroyd’s touching second-placegetter in the 18–25-year-old category from 2013 titled Love you 2.

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