LANTERN & LIGHT INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
A festival of films made by young people aged 6 – 25
13th-15th September 2024
“Giving voice to our children for their future”
The LLICFF is a festival of films made by young people. The inaugural festival was held in 2019 when three days of International and Australian short films specifically made by young people were officially selected and screened, with prestigious awards given to the best film in various categories.
The 2024 festival is even bigger and will feature more films and special events. It also has a special regional focus with schools and individual young students encouraged to participate, a great opportunity for the regions budding filmmakers.
This is a very exciting initiative being pioneered by Ranges Academy of Performing Arts ( RAPA) Inc. and its director, Rainsford Towner.
The word ‘festival’ draws from the Latin ‘festum’, which means celebration, joyous, festive. This festival is a celebration of the visions of young people and to uncover their voice the world over, to empower them to talk about their future and bring their films into the light. The festival is a focus for individuals, schools and youth organisations to embrace the stories of their young people and see them realised for the BIG SCREEN.
SO COME, PARTICIPATE,HAVE FUN.
The Yarra Ranges is a wonderfully rich cultural area of Australia.
We will be honored to welcome you.
The Belgrave Lantern Parade is an exciting community event held on the solstice each year.
LLICFF originally ran parallel to this beautiful community event where thousands gather to display and parade their lanterns, and the streets of Belgrave are flooded with extraordinary lantern creatures and other imaginative lanterns, some massive, some as a small as a ball. Families come for miles to enjoy this event.
The LLICFF is proud to still hold a specially curated FREE EVENT of short films after the Belgrave Lantern Parade. All the family will enjoy watching the best short films made by young people from around the world.