A CAPTIVATING animated film about a young boy that has never played or seen basketball has taken out the top prize in the 2014 Ipswich Film Festival for Youth (IFFY).

The winners of this year’s competition were announced tonight at a red carpet event at Limelight Cinemas Ipswich.  Ipswich City Council Youth and Seniors Committee Chairperson Councillor Sheila Ireland said William Maldonado had been named the overall winner for his entry entitled What We’re Playin’ For.  “Congratulations to William who has won the opportunity to have his film screened at Limelight Cinemas before an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster,” Cr Ireland said.   “It will be extremely exciting for William to be able to share this once in a lifetime opportunity with his family and friends.”   Cr Ireland said this year’s competition would not have been possible without the support of some special sponsors.   “Council secured considerable support for the festival with Limelight Cinemas Ipswich agreeing to support IFFY 2014 through free advertising, hosting of the award night/red carpet event in one of their 130 seat cinemas and the sponsoring of two award categories.  “Entries did not have to pay an entry fee this year either thanks to the considerable sponsorship and support given to the festival by Channel 9 and Limelight Cinema.

“Students from the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Film and TV Faculty are attending the red carpet official event to conduct interviews and capture images from the evening.  “We thank them for their support of IFFY this year.”  Cr Ireland said it had been wonderful to see the work which local young people had put into their entries for IFFY.  “There have been some interesting and highly imaginative films lodged this year and the judges have had an extremely difficult task choosing the winners in the different categories,” Cr Ireland said.  “The creative flair of Ipswich’s young people has certainly shone through in the entries received.  “It has been interesting to see the way in which entrants have taken the theme Playand delivered their own interpretation of it.”  The following prizes have been awarded in each category:

Primary school age:
•            Winner – Horsoodlesaurus Dash.
Secondary school age:
•            Most creative entry – The Great Cheesecake Escape;
•            Best technical entry – Fire & Smoke and;
•            Best use of alternative device – Fire & Smoke.
Open category (Ages 17-25):
•            Most creative entry – Battlefield Tim;
•            Best technical entry – What We’re Playin’ For;
•            Best use of alternative device – What We’re Playin’ For and;
•            Entry with most commercial appeal – Battlefield Tim.
Cr Ireland said 2014 entrants now had the opportunity to purchase a copy of all films entered in their category for $15.   “This cost includes DVD purchase, printing/burning and postage.”  Inquiries about the DVDs can be directed to Nicole Preston at
With Cr David Pahlke
Rosewood State High students  –  Megan Maguire, Raymond Horne, Tegan Muscat, Tayla Payne, Alyeisha Ferris, Marnie Topping and Kori Besgrove.


Cr David Pahlke and Cr Sheila  Ireland with Secondary Creative Winners – The Great Cheesecake Escape (Kori Besgrove & Marnie Topping)


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