2017 Youth Week Films

In celebration of National Youth Week, SBS has launched the second annual SBS National Youth Week Film competition, a collaboration with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and Department of Social Services (DSS), to give young people the chance to share their story on national television.

The film competition encouraged young Australians 15 to 24 years old across the country to submit a 30 second film pitch about their unique identity. After several rounds of judging, five winners were chosen to attend a week-long filmmaking and storytelling workshop in Melbourne with FYA. At the end of the workshop, each winner turned their short film idea into reality.

The short films airing on SBSVICELAND, NITV and the Food Network during Youth Week are also available on SBS On Demand and SBS Learn.

In addition, SBS Learn has published free teacher notes mapped to the national curriculum for use in classrooms. The SBS Youth Week Teacher Notes provide teachers and educators with easy to follow discussion guides and activities to use while screening the five identity-themed films to students in years 7-10.

The five winning short films:

Aliko Nomoa, 16 years old, Thursday Island, Torres Strait, speaks Kalaw Lagaw Ya, Torres Strait Creole and English.
Home isn’t just where Aliko Nomoa’s heart is — it’s where his soul and spirit are too. Through his Youth Week film, Aliko is seeking to give the world beyond Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait, a glimpse of what connects him to his culture.

Amy Marks, 20 years old, Melbourne, speaks English.
Amy opens up about life as a young person with a disability. She hopes to stop people from jumping to the conclusion that living with a disability is either extremely tragic or inherently inspirational.

Amy Warner, 17 years old, Sydney, speaks Chinese Mandarin and English.
Amy dreams of a world without labels. Through her Youth Week film, she explores the impact of stereotypes as she has experienced them.

Grace Morgan, 17 years old, Hobart, speaks English.
In Australia on any given night around 26,000 Australians between the ages of 12 and 24 are homeless. In this poignant film, Grace expresses her own experience of homelessness through poetry.

Mfaume Kakozi, 18 years old, Darwin, speaks Swahili and English.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo 18 years ago, Mfaume fled war and spent a large portion of his life in a refugee camp in Malawi before settling in Australia. As we discover in this short film, he also really loves to make music.

For more information, please visit sbs.com.au/learn/youth-week

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