Up-and-coming young filmmakers, from left, Georgena Schulz, Joseph Hansen and Micheal Appleby have been inspired by the Nimbin Youth Film Competition.
Up-and-coming young filmmakers, from left, Georgena Schulz, Joseph Hansen and Micheal Appleby have been inspired by the Nimbin Youth Film Competition. Jacklyn Wagner

Film festival entries closing soon

TIME is running out for fledgling filmmakers to enter the inaugural Nimbin Youth Film Competition.

Organiser Darmin Cameron, a filmmaker and youth worker at Youth Connections in Lismore, set up the competition, It’s My Life, in conjunction with the upcoming Nimbin Film Festival to encourage the raw talent he sees coming through his youth centre every day.

“It’s looking good entry-wise but I’d definitely like to see more,” he said.

The deadline for entries is next week but Mr Cameron said he could stretch it if necessary.

There is also a special category open until October 25 called ‘A YouTube Moment’ that can be made with your mobile phone.

After setting up a media lab at the youth centre in Lismore and seeing the quality of work being produced, Mr Cameron organised the competition to give his young protégés a focus.

Mr Cameron, whose last film, Chai Tent at the End of the Universe, won the Spirit of Woodford film award last year, said he never would have made it if not for the competition.

“It gets them going, I know that myself because I do the same thing,” he said.

Singer/songwriter Georgena Schulz, 18, has just completed her Certificate II in media through the youth centre’s Links to Learning program and focused her entry on one of her own songs which she performs in her film.

“It’s about people using drugs and alcohol to avoid taking responsibility,” she said.

“I’ve just given up all my dependencies so it’s actually directed at me and my family and friends. This is how I express myself. I can say things to people that I couldn’t to their face. People tend to hear it better if it’s not actually about them.”

Micheal Appleby, 19, also completed the course and has just made his first film.

“All my life I’ve never achieved anything and I make this film and people are saying it’s really good – it feels weird,” he said, laughing.

Though the budding director said he felt awkward in the spotlight, he pondered the next question like a seasoned pro. “What’s it about? When you make a film, no matter what it’s about, it’s always about you.”

People interested in entering can call Mr Cameron on 0427 217 919.



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