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International Youth Silent Film Festival
The South Australian competition is hosted by the Theatre Organ Society at The Capri Theatre.

The International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) returns to The Capri Theatre at Goodwood this October and will show silent films by young budding filmmakers aged 20 years and under.

Hosted by the Theatre Organ Society, (TOSA (SA) Inc. this South Australian competition, an Adelaide first, has become an annual event since 2013, attracting entries from secondary and primary schools.
International Youth Silent Film Festival

Volunteers lend a hand at The Capri Theatre. Photo: H. Radford.

TOSA (SA) Inc. is a non-profit organisation consisting of over 300 memberships. Their aim is to preserve and promote theatre organs and theatre organ music. They achieve this through presenting theatre organ music to members and the public at the Capri Theatre, which is fully owned and operated by the Society as a commercial theatre. Many members volunteer their services to the Society & their Capri Theatre.

'Hero' theme played by Nathan Avakian at The Capri Theatre.

IYSF challenges young people to make a silent movie, three minutes in length, to suit one of seven especially composed pieces of music by Nathan Avakian, from Portland, Oregon, the 2009 overall winner of the American Theatre Organist Society (ATOS).

Each musical score is composed for the theatre organ and has a distinctly different mood and feeling. The entrants listen to the music and choose a piece, making a film to suit the music. This requires story-boards, listening to the music to work out where the mood changes, where it is slow, fast, sad, happy, romantic or creates a sense of excitement. This will serve to guide their visual storytelling and inspire tempo and mood.

To listen to the music and download the music visit:

It is essential that the chosen music must not be altered in any way.

Filmmakers must use only original footage and no copyrighted material. The jurors are looking for films which are original, fun to watch, and tell a story in an effective way - without spoken dialogue.

You may submit a film as a group, but all the filmmakers must be under 20 years old as of the age cut off date of the festival. Actors can be of any age.

All films must be "family friendly."

The music themes are: Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Slapstick; Hero; Horror and Action. Films can be black and white or colour, animated or live.

1ST PRIZE $1,000 2nd Prize $500 3rd Prize $250

Finalists will have their film screened with live theatre organ accompaniment by the composer, Nathan Avakian, creating the atmosphere of the silent movie era. Nathan who is only in his early twenties, performs internationally for organisations and organ preservation societies. He has provided theatre organ across the United States and in 2011 completed a six-week concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. His original theatre organ compositions for the Youth Silent Film Festival gives young film makers the opportunities to create contemporary silent movies to theatre organ music.

The screening dates are 19th and 20th Otober 2015 at The Capri Theatre. The Awards night: 21st October 2015.

Admission prices to screenings: Adults: $10. Concession: $5. Students: Free.

Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

The judging panel will consist of:

Jon 'JP' Palanuk International Youth Silent Film Festival Founder.

Ned Thanhouser Vice-President, International Youth Silent Film Festival and one of the founders.
Don Hahn - American film producer, Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994) and Maleficient (2014).

Rob Richards International concert and recording artist and House Organist at Disney's historic El Capitan theatre in Hollywood.

Anna Sargeant Actress, 50 Shades of Grey (2015), Computer Creed (2014), Limp Clown. (2010).

The judges don't need to attend the screenings at The Capri Theatre as the judging is done on the internet.

With the number of movies being made today with the aid of computer graphics, blue screen and multi-million budgets, you might ask, 'who would be interested in making, let alone watching a silent movie?'

International Youth Silent Film Festival
Competition finalists are screened at Portland, Oregon, USA.

Well it seems many young people see silent movie making as an exciting means to gaining movie making skills and setting a career path into the movie making industry. Not only that, schools are teaching media studies and encouraging their students to enter in The International Youth Silent Film Festival. This festival is an Adelaide first, that has a growing following, if the increasing number of entrants are any guide.

International Youth Silent Film Festival
Barb Cornish,The International Youth Silent Film Festival's, SA Producer.

The International Youth Silent Film Festival's, SA Producer, Barb Cornish said, "Teachers are becoming more interested in teaching media studies as more media materials are becoming available. In fact, some of the American entries have been filmed on their phones and then edited."

"As for the parents, they are amazed, said Cornish. "They don't realise their kids can do this sort of thing. We see the kids walk in rather hesitant not really knowing what they are in for, just knowing they will be seeing their film on the screen. We make a point of greeting them in the foyer and taking photos, and we try to speak with all of them. Afterwards when they have seen their film they are different."

"You notice the change in demeanor in the kids from the way they walk in to the way they walk out. We try to make a big thing of it. They are called up on stage at the beginning of the night to take a bow. We try to make it as big an event as we can for them."

Girl with the Camera by Henry Thong.

One school in particular, Glenunga International High School has a very strong, state of the art, Media and Film Department and has been very supportive of the International Youth Silent Film Festival since it began. In 2014, Year 12 student, Henry Thong was the winner of the first International Award with his film Girl with the Camera, which tells a story about a relationship between a boy and an imaginary girl who he only sees through a camera lens.

Henry said, "In Year 10 when I started the media course, I had no idea about how to use a camera, no idea about shot continuity or about editing. If the school had not offered the courses I would not be where I am today."

"I'd seen seven of the 13 films that were to be played at the global festival and to be honest, the standard and the high quality was mind blowing."

Henry's film along with the other films were judged by Hollywood executives at a theatre in Portland, Oregon. This was the first time the festival has offered a global award. Since winning this international award Thong, 17, has been meeting with some of the movie industry's heavyweights, including Tom DeSanto, Producer of Transformers and X-Men franchises.

Letters - Silent movie by Georgina Kannis, Claudia Haines and Caitlin Pettit

Fellow Glenunga High students, Georgina Kannis, Claudia Haines and Caitlin Pettit who also competed against films from around Australia and the US, were winners of the SA award in 2014 with their film Letters, about a marriage proposal.

SPECIAL REMINDER[ - ENTRIES CLOSE for International Youth Silent Film Festival 2015 on 1st September 2015

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Why? Wonderful opportunity to see and enjoy International Youth Silent Film Festival with live theatre organ accompaniment by composer & international performer, Nathan Avakian.
When: 7.00pm Winning films screened 19th & 20th October. Awards night 21st October 2015
Phone: 82721177
Where: Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA 5041
Cost: Adults $10. Concession $5. Students FREE,
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