24/7 Youth Film Festival

Make a 7 Minute Film in 24 Hours

Below are some answers to key questions about the 24/7 Youth Film Festival

What does entering the competition involve?

The 24/7 Youth Film Festival comprises of 4 key components: 

  1. Launch, Information and Workshops night – for new participants and any returners wanting a refresher and some skill development from the training
  2. Online Tips and Tricks
  3. Competition Weekend
  4. Screenings and Awards Night

At the Competition Weekend teams must register and make sure they hand in all necessary forms to confirm entry into the festival. 

It is at Competition Weekend where the secret rule, locations, phrases and items to be included in to film will be announced. 

From here, teams have 24 hours to make a 7 minute or less film. Teams must include various items, locations, phrases and a secret rule in their film.

All film entries that meet the criteria are screened at Hoyts over two nights. The top 10 films that are up for a prize will be played at Hoyts for the Finals Night.


What equipment do I need?

Camera - to shoot and record your footage. Places like 'Camera Hire' in North Manly could be a good hire resource if you do not have your own equipment. It is also NOT necessary to hire professional equipment, past teams have filmed all their footage on an iPhone.

Computer - to transfer film to, edit etc.

USB Drive - for your film to be handed in on.

These are just the basics though. Don’t forget actors, extras,  food to get through the 24 hour period and transport.


Will I need my own editing software?

Yes. Most PC’s and Mac’s come with their own editing software.


How do I Enter?

Complete a Team Application Form and an individual Indemnity Form for each team member.

Print and fill out these forms and bring them to the The Competition Weekend, Saturday 29th July.

(Please note that only one Entry Form is required for each team but we require an Indemnity Form from all participants.)

Pencil in dates for the Launch Night, Competition Weekend, Screenings and Finals in your diary.


How much is entry to the festival?

$50 per team to be paid at the Competition Weekend.


I am an individual looking to join a team; can you help me find teammates? 

Yes we can. Let us know asap and we can assist you in this.


How big can teams be?

12 People Maximum

1 Person Minimum (yes this has been done in the past)


What is the judging criteria for films?

Films are judged on script, acting, cinematography, editing, audio, originality & creativity and overall impression.


What are the rules of the competition?

You can find a complete list of the Conditions of Entry Here:


Will there be technical help available throughout the festival?

Yes. Keep your eye out for exact details of tech support available on our Facebook and Instagram

Before Competition Launch: Check out the Tips & Tricks page for advice and helpful guides. Get in touch if you have a specific question and we’ll try our best to help!

During 24hr Competition Period: 

5pm - 11pm, Saturday

8am - 12pm, Sunday

10am - 12pm, a tech support person on hand at the Warringah Mall Library drop off point 


How do you make sure we don’t start our film prior to the festival being launched?

We will announce the items list and secret rule at the Competition Weekend that all team members must attend. In saying that you can have a script, ideas etc. already and adapt it.


I entered the festival last year, can I enter again?

Yes, we love to see people come back and welcome all new entrants as long as you fall within the age category.


What are the prizes?

We are still confirming but in previous years prizes have included cash, film making products and equipment. Watch our Facebook and Instagram for specific updates.


What are the award categories?

We are still confirming but in previous years categories have included:

·         Best Film

·         Best U/18 Film

·         Best U/15 Film

·         Best Audio

·         Best Actor

·         Best Actress

·         Best Use of an Item

·         People’s Choice Award

·         Best Script

·         Best Cinematography


If you have a burning question about the 24/7 Film Festival competition that is not covered above, you can email the 24/7 Youth Film Festival Committee on youth@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au