Chloe Bobbin of Narooma in this year’s YOOFTube finals

Young filmmaker Chloe Bobbin, 17, of Narooma and her short film “REM” have made it to this year’s YOOFTube short film competition finals.

All the filmmakers are aged between 12 and 20 years of age and come from the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires.

Their films will be shown at free screenings the The Picture Show Man Cinema in Merimbula and the Narooma Kinema on Monday, September 4 at the YOOFTube Awards Ceremony.

YOOFTube is a short film competition for 12-20 year olds, held exclusively in the South East region and presented by South East Arts.

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All YOOFTube finalists are in contention for a number of prizes, including the $1000 JD Shaw Best Film Award.

“All the films this year were of a very high standard,” YOOFTube co-ordinator, Kate Howarth of South East Arts said.

“In fact, some of the finalists are in line for more than one prize. It is great to see new filmmakers taking part and to see the development of those who have been with us for a few years now.

“Not everyone can make it to the finals unfortunately, but congratulations have to go to all who entered. The judging panel had some difficult decisions to make.”

Finalists are:

  • Chloe Bobbin (17) from Narooma for REM
  • Lucca Yi (12) from Bega for Aussie Cooking with Gavin
  • Ruby Bichard (13) of Pambula for When We're Not Watching
  • Sam Bath (13) of Catalina for Chickenzilla: King of Beasts
  • Isaac Mackay (18) of South Durras for Le Cauchemar
  • Llew Badger (13) of Bega for Lost
  • Thomas Gardner and Vincent Edwards (14) of Tuross Head for their film Captain Skipper's Tale
  • David Perry (15) of Bega for Tomorrow
  • Lucca Paijmans (20) of Tathra for Serum
  • Findlay Walker (15) of Bega for They Call Her Little Pip
  • Sasha Chadwick (16) of Tura Beach for Untitled Art

“It was terrific to see a foreign language film entered this year, as well as a number of animated works. The talent of these young filmmakers is amazing and the judging panel was very impressed with the technical capabilities of the entrants,” Mrs Howarth said.

Alongside Mrs Howarth on the judging panel were renowned Australian actor Patrick Dickson, filmmaker and Bega Valley Shire Council Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker as well as ABC Open producer and filmmaker Vanessa Milton and international filmmaker Hiromi Matsuoka.

Details of the public screenings and award ceremonies will be released shortly.