First Transistor Youth Film Festival a success!!

On February 2 at the Barn (Rosny Farm) the Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP and the Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman, launched the first Transistor Youth Film Festival. The screening was also attended by Dr. Vanessa Goodwin MLC in her capacity as the Minister for the Arts. The event provided a great launching pad for two film projects produced by Transistor Youth Arts last year, Black Hills High and Eliza, produced, respectively,  as part of Transition Film (in partnership with Clarence City Council, Tasmanian Regional Arts, The Community Support Levy, Bayview Secondary College and Rosny College) and Film Greenhouse (in partnership with Clarence City Council).  The event was attended by 80 people who watched a stella lineup of short films curated from  last years Transistor Youth Arts Filmmaking Programs, MyState’s Student Film Festival and Wide Angle Tasmania. All of the films screened were made by young people aged 8 to 18 years of age.

The night also marked the launch of Transistor Film Weekly Workshops in Rokeby and Hobart. This is a bold new initiative that will provide the platform and tools for young filmmakers to create their own web-series and short films. We are proud to announce that, through the generous support of the Clarence City Council, Community Support Levy and Tasmanian Regional Arts, we will be able to offer Concession Card holders in the 7019 postcode area (Clarendon Vale, Rokeby and Oakdowns) workshops for only $40 per term or $5 per week. Also, from term 2  the Hobart workshops will be hosted by the University of Tasmania’s Media Department at their new Media centre in the CBD. This means that Hobart students will, not only, be trained by professional filmmakers but they will be doing so in a tertiary environment with access to professional broadcast equipment. In Term 1 we will be at Youth ARC and through their support we have been able to offer two past students full scholarships for Term 1.

This is an opportunity for me, as Director of Transistor Youth Arts, to truly thank  the parents, sponsors, the various Local Governments who host the holiday programs, funding bodies, teaching artists, schools and collaborators for supporting Transistor Youth Arts. It is quite incredible and humbling. Of course, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP and the Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman for launching the Festival and giving such fantastic and heartfelt speeches at the launch. And lastly, but not least, I’d like to thank the young filmmakers for creating amazing work that entertained us all last night.


Thank You all who came and all who have been involved.

Lucien Simon


Mast Films

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Photos by Bailey Jackson

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