The Nimbin Youth Film Festival (NYFF) is about encouraging young people to make films in any genre they choose, using any equipment available from; I-Pods, mobile phones to DSLR video cameras. They can all compete together in the festival competition  because in NYFF, story is king. A strong narrative well told can get a film across the line and into the winners circle. Young people have important and relevant stories to tell, older people and those in power can learn from the voice of tomorrow. Competition entries in the past have astonished judges and enthralled the the audience and in their own way they have challenged and changed the world. They have inspired and enlightened those lucky enough to view them. Documentary, Fiction, Features, Animation and Music Video all compete together.

Since the first screening and awards ceremony held in Nimbin in 2010 the Nimbin Youth Film Festival has been steadily growing and in 2015 the field for entries was opened up to young people residing in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

The festival has ridden the wave of ‘affordable media making technology’ that is now in the hands of young people. The first film competition in 2010 recognised that films could be made on hand held mobile devices and awarded a $100 prize to the best film made on a mobile phone. In 2014 the overall winner of the competition “Wake up” was filmed and edited on an I-Pod

There is a special $400 prize for the best film with a Sustainability theme this prize is sponsored by Nimbin Environment Centre and Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre.

The Nimbin Youth Film Festival is about encouraging and awarding tomorrow’s filmmakers, it is about education, empowerment and enlightenment. The whole community is invited to the screening and awards ceremony. The films are presented on a big screen with cinema size sound. To see past films visit the NYFF Facebook page, scroll down and follow the links.