Finalists announced for the IGTV Film Festival

Five filmmakers have been selected as the finalists of the inaugural IGTV Film Festival, with each film now screening at the Sydney Film Festival Hub.

The IGTV Film Festival is a joint initiative between Instagram, Sydney Film Festival and VICE for emerging filmmakers under 35. The theme this year was ‘Future’, and entrants were encouraged to share a sense of what it’s like to live in Australia today, and what it might be like in the years to come — whether it’s the environment, identity, politics, food, or sport.

The winner – who will receive $5,000 and $2,500 worth of equipment hire from Panavision – will be selected next week by an industry jury which includes Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley from Sydney Film Festival, Instagram Australia strategic partner manager Zaac d’Almeida, and VICE Australia head of video Katy Roberts. The public will also vote on a People’s Choice Award.

The SFF Hub is open 4:30pm – 12:00am until June 16, in Sydney Lower Town Hall. Alternatively, watch the films below:

Title: Fier
Director: Kerrod Cooper, Darren Luk (NSW)
Synopsis: A re-telling of the myth of Narcissus, set in modern day Australia. How do we perceive ourselves in this day and age and beyond? Technology is ever present, and in a world of social media, what is your true identity?

Director: Andrew Yee (NSW)
Synopsis: YAYALAND is about how interpreting the youth, struggles, and melancholy around us can give birth to colourful imagined worlds in which we inhabit.


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A short film about the in’s and out’s of the place known as YAYALAND!

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Title: The Gift
Director: Sara Glaoua (TAS)
Synopsis: Matios is a young Ethiopian refugee living in Tasmania with dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.

Title: IGTV
Director: Grace Tan (NSW)
Synopsis: Intercepting the IGTV airwaves to deliver a message. In the future, a virus spreads through screens infecting everyone online.. It takes away the power of peoples’ ability to talk or hear. One girl intercepts with a new way of communicating, a new language that comes from the body based on dance and movement. This is how they share their stories.

Title: Statistically Significant Other
Director: Cielo Croci (VIC)
Synopsis: Daniel is a little nervous about proposing to Lucy, so he asks his phone to figure out if it’s a good idea.