Screenwave’s REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival expands with grant boost

Thanks to Regional Arts New South Wales, the REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival will expand further into towns throughout Northern NSW in 2018 after winning a grant for $19,000 in this year’s Regional Arts Fund round.

Presented by Screenwave (the team behind SWIFF) and Headspace Coffs Harbour, REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival finds and develops the next wave of talented young filmmakers from regional NSW, while giving young people the info they need about keeping a healthy headspace.

In 2017, REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival ran more than 50 in-school workshops, held eight public screenings, awarded 12 awards, and handed out more than $30,000 in film equipment prizes, thanks to Blackmagic Design, Samyang lenses, and Rode Microphones.

“When we started out, we wanted to give young people living in regional areas, some of whom don’t get the same opportunities as the cities, the tools they need to express themselves through film,” said Festival Director Dave Horsley, “Seeing this wave of original, insightful short films entered into the festival this year tells us that we’re on the right track.”

The main three regions that will benefit from this new funding will be the Mid North Coast, New England, and Northern Rivers, where the festival’s workshop program will expand into.

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