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Now in its ninth year it is offering over $2,000 in prizes and trophies for for first, second There are some special categories this year that have extra cash prizes.

Nimbin Community Drug Action Team CDAT is sponsoring a $500 cash prize for the film with the best ‘Party Safe’ message, a film about keeping yourself and your friends safe at parties, doofs and outdoor events. The Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre is sponsoring a $200 prize for the film with the best ‘Sustainability’ theme.and third prizes.

Young people have important stories to tell and no better way to tell a story than with video. In the past films have surprised judges and enthralled audiences with the unique storylines and talented acting. Young people are being exposed to the medium at an earlier and earlier age and are becoming adept at using it to tell their stories. Video is in their DNA.

Films can be made on any video device from a Smart Phone, DSLR camera or a Go-Pro, in NYFF a good story is what the judges are looking for and the judging criteria reflect this, with 30 per cent being awarded to the narrative and 30 per cent to the pure entertainment value. In the past, prize-winning films have been made on just an I-Pod.

The Festival Judges understand and recognise that filmmaking is a team-sport and encourage young people to get support and mentoring from schools, parents, friends and other filmmakers. The important thing is the film’s vision and idea comes from young people and they are the directors, then they are eligible to enter and entry is free. Whole crews are invited to enter. Entries close on 16 November with the screening and awards on Saturday 8 December at 2pm a t the Nimbin Bush Theatre.

Find out more at the Nimbin Youth Film Festival webpage or visit and like the NYFF Facebook page.

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