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Melbourne International Youth Film Festival

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by Maggie Ng (subscribe)
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As Australia's arts and culture capital, Melbourne is already home to several popular film festivals like the famous MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and MUFF (Melbourne Underground Film Festival)- but there's a brand-spanking-new festival on the scene.

Making its big splash this year is the Melbourne International Youth Film Festival (MIYFF), a festival dedicated to promoting promising young film talent from local and international talent, and is proudly facilitated by current film students at RMIT.

MIYFF showcases 25 of the best short films by Australian and international filmmakers under 25 years of age, over three sessions in two jam-packed days in May and June.

Both live-action and animated flicks are on show, across a dizzying spectrum of genres and moods, with films ranging from a zany, madcap comedy about screaming bottles (Pliashka) or pulling a heist armed only with toy guns and animal masks (Macedonian short Blacky and Faulty), through to serious scripts dealing with heavy topics like grief and heartbreak.

Sincerely Anthony by Canadian writer/director deals with the difficult topic of a best friend's suicide through an animated narrative that imagines the content of a note left behind, while Milligrams explores the dark world of drug-induced psychosis.
MIYFF Opening Night will also mark the world premiere of Cannibal Cat, an animated short by 11-year-old director Andrew Martin which tells the story of a street cat that is forced to flee after its family is killed.

Meanwhile, the fascinating dynamic of sugar daddy/sugar baby relationships is explored in Sweet Like Sugar, a candid documentary by Singaporean writer/director Chin Yun Ru, while other films in the festival are set to explore the hairy, complex topics of cultural identity, prejudice and the experience of physical conditions as diverse as synaesthesia and degenerative blindness.

Whatever you're in the mood for, MIYFF is sure to deliver with its rich and diverse cornucopia of screenplays from homegrown talent and international voices.


31 May Opening Night
The Backlot Studios
65 Haig St, Southbank VIC 3006

1 June (Afternoon) Australian Shorts
RMIT Cinema Building 80

1 June (Evening) Closing Night / Awards Celebration
RMIT Cinema Building 80

Online program available at
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When: 31 May to 1 June
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
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