For a second year in a row, Baycourt Community and Arts Centre is proudly taking part in the International Youth Silent Film Festival and will host the New Zealand Regional competition awards ceremony on Wednesday 22 November.
The IYSFF is an initiative for students aged 20 years and under, to create a three-minute silent film - set to a musical score. The filmmakers choose from a list of ten original compositions composed for the festival.
Founded by Jon ‘JP’ Palanuk in 2009, the IYSFF gives young people an opportunity to explore the art of filmmaking, as well as gain a new appreciation for the theatre organ and silent film. The IYSFF made its New Zealand debut at Baycourt in 2016.
The top film submissions from around New Zealand will be screened at the red carpet gala event on November 22, with each film featuring live musical accompaniment from IYSFF composer Nathan Avakian playing Baycourt’s Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
On the line this year are 10 major prizes, including a massive $2000 first place prize thanks to the New Zealand Broadcasting School, and the chance for the top three filmmakers to represent New Zealand at the international awards competition being held in Portland, Oregon, in 2018.