REC YA Shorts Screening Tour

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Book your free tickets now for Screenwave’s REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival finalists’ screening tour

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Few film buffs need much persuading to go to a free screening. But when you know that it’s a showcase of creative shorts made by budding young local film-makers all competing for the chance to start a career in film, it makes the event all the more unmissable.

The REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival screening tour goes on the road in just a couple of weeks – to Armidale, Uralla, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Bellingen.

It marks the culmination of the regional festival, an initiative of Screenwave and Headspace Coffs Harbour, which began in May and has enjoyed a record number of short film entries this year.

As well as nurturing the next generation of film-makers, REC Ya Shorts creates a space to destigmatise youth mental health – offering themes which past entrants have explored through wit, drama, twists, reflection, suspense, and even song and rap. This year’s theme for all short film entries is “connection”.

Up for grabs are prizes from a prize pool worth more than $30,000 and the panel of judges – all of whom grew up in regional Australia – include Hollywood stars Aaron Glenane and Nick Hardcastle, and Screenwave’s artistic director Kate Howat.

Tallulah Remond-Stephen, Year 10 student at Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour and a winner last year, said: “Film-making isn’t just great if you’re interested in film, it’s also a great way to show other people how you’re feeling, and helping other people.”

Blaise Borrer, Year 12 student at Bellingen High and also a 2016 winner, said: It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing your film screened. The film-making process can be pretty challenging logistically. But the pay-off is when you’ve captured what was in your head, and see it up there on the screen. Those are moments why you do this – it’s a big privilege.”

On the screening nights, which are free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsors in each location, audiences will see the top regional finalists’ short films, along with a selection of local films as well as a prize presentation.

Kate Howat said the buzz of the screening tour nights really bring the spirit of REC Ya Shorts to life.

“Months of hard work, late-night edits, loss of sleep…it’s totally all worthwhile when the first frame of your film appears and your friends and family start to cheer.

“For audiences to discover the young talent within their community is also something quite special.”

The REC Ya Shorts screening tour is on at various dates and locations from 4 to 15 September. Visit the REC Ya Shorts Facebook events page to book your free tickets via Eventbrite.