Sky’s the limit for winner of the Nimbin Youth Film Competition, Tom Savins, according to organiser Darmin Cameron from Youth Connections North Coast.
Sky’s the limit for winner of the Nimbin Youth Film Competition, Tom Savins, according to organiser Darmin Cameron from Youth Connections North Coast.

The reel side of Nimbin

There’s talk the Nimbin Youth Film Competition will become an annual event after a huge turnout in the village’s Town Hall and a general consensus it was an excellent avenue for the town’s young people to get inspired and creative.

“I was just over the moon and Jenny Dowell thought it was incredible – it was just a phenomenal success,” organiser Darmin Cameron said. “I went to the village and talked to people about what they wanted and after being consulted the youth film competition idea seemed to be really well supported. I think that’s why it worked so well – the whole village was really behind it.”

The winner of the competition was Tom Savins for his 11-minute epic animation/live action called Locomotor Ataxia, which looks at the effects childhood can have on mental health in later life.

Judges Paul Tait and Jeni Kendall of Gaia Films were impressed by Tom’s ingenuity.

“This film is very provocative and explores deep themes in a complex and extremely interesting way,” they wrote. “Although it was a little obscure at the beginning it dropped into a disturbing pattern that was really challenging and thought provoking. The music was totally in sympathy with the subject and really well done. The direction was excellent as Tom thought about every aspect of how to put this subject to us, the audience, in such a fresh and brave way.”

Second prize went to Karinya Oldfield for her black humour piece The End is Nigh while Georgena Shultz won third place for her video clip Always = Right.

Darmin said the judges agonised over picking the winners as all 15 films were of a very high quality and Darmin, an award-winning filmmaker himself, encouraged them all to continue practising their craft.

“The idea was to encourage young people to get creative, then have a forum to exhibit their creativity and sit with an audience and watch their reaction,” Darmin said. “Every film screened received a warm and positive response from the audience.Now we just have to get sponsorship to make it an annual event.”

The Nimbin Youth Film Competition was sponsored by Youth Connections North Coast Inc. with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Work Place Relations, in Partnership with Nortec Youth Services and Byron Youth Services.


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