Youth Media Festival

The Youth Media Festival will run concurrently with the summit on Saturday 2 July. It is for young content makers and students working in the film, TV, radio, games and online spheres. For the first time ever, the festival will be programmed by ATOM in collaboration with prominent Melbourne youth media organisations ACMI Intermix, RMIT University, SYN Media and Youthworx Media.

This one-day event will be a festival of ideas and collaboration between students and young content makers from all over Australia.

  • Live Media Event: a chance to crew on a unique, professional media production
  • Talks: Hear from a range of screen industry practitioners including producers, actors and screenwriters about their craft, the industry and their tips for breaking into a media career.
  • Workshops: Develop skills and knowledge in media production (online, television, radio, VR, digital design, music composition and interactive multiplatform).
  • Media careers session: a chance to connect with established screen professionals, universities and training organisations to find out exactly how to begin preparing for a career in screen media.

Please note: YMF workshops are for youth participants only (25 years and under). Delegates registered for Day 2 of the Summit are welcome to attend the non-workshop sessions at the YMF.



Once registered via the link above, participants can book in to their sessions through the same link.

A PDF version of the program can be downloaded here.



A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the VFX for Marvel Studios’ feature Ant-Man

Presented by Luma Pictures

Share Your Passion and Grow an Audience on YouTube

With Guillaume Deront, Online Partnership Manager at YouTube AUNZ


Panels with Q&A:

Writing for Comedy: In Conversation with Benjamin Law and Peter Ivan

This session looks at comedy writing in feature film and television in 2016, with cutting-edge comedy screenwriters Benjamin Law and Peter Ivan.

Writing for Screen: Finding Your Place

The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) proudly present an industry panel for aspiring and emerging screen writers.

Bridging the Gap: Career Pathways for Emerging Talent

This panel seeks to explore career pathways for emerging talent in the screen industry.

Top Screen and VCE Media

This session offers insight into the selection of student work for Top Screen as part of the VCE Season of Excellence.

Ready for This: Live Q&A and Webinar

A Live Q&A with cast and crew from the ABC hit series, Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions.


Industry Speakers

Alexandra Neill, ABC Heywire

Big hART; Yijala Yala Project

Emily Dash, Writer and Performer

Xanthe Dobbie, New Media Artist



Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Documentary Australia Foundation

International Screen Academy

Photography Studies College

SYN Media

The Leak, RMITV

Youthworx Media



The Youth Media Festival is an uncatered event. Participants will have a number of breaks throughout the day, including 45 minutes for lunch, but are required to bring their own drinks, lunch and snacks. Please note there are a number of lunch options available in Federation Square including the ACMI cafe.



While the Youth Media Festival is open to young people of all ages, it is targeted at participants 12 years and older. ATOM and ACMI will have staff and volunteers at each session however we do not have the capacity to be responsible for each child attending. Participants will be free to come and go as they wish and anyone misbehaving will be asked to leave. By registering for this event you accept this as a condition of entry. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.