YScreen presented by Bond University is a program of entertaining and intelligent films and workshops that seeks to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life.

In 2017, two films were selected to screen alongside film critique workshops conducted by professional film critics from the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA): award-winning Australian documentary Zach’s Ceremony and the French-language, Academy Award nominated, stop-motion animation, My Life As A Courgette.

Study guides for each film, created in conjunction with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM QLD), are available to download below and provide film content analysis for teachers and students. 


Zach’s Ceremony is the extraordinary story of Zach Doomadgee, a young indigenous boy who is struggling to find his place in the world, torn between an inner-city life in Sydney and the traditions of his heritage. Filmed over five years, this revealing and insightful documentary follows Zach as he is challenged by the temptations of adolescence, the threats of urban racism and the journey to his home town where he embarks on a traditional rite of initiation.

The film offers a uniquely moving perspective on the modern experiences faced by indigenous youth while also telling an excitingly universal coming of age tale of a young person overcoming adversity and finding themselves through family and community.

Zach’s Ceremony won the audience award for best documentary at both the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals in 2016 and presents an engaging, humane and profoundly Australian take on the trials of adolescence. 

Download the study guide for Zach’s Ceremony here.



My Life As A Courgette is a delightful, award-winning Swiss stop-motion animation that explores a child’s journey through a foster home with insight, wit and charming humour. This extraordinarily life-affirming film follows a nine-year-old boy as he finds a new family among the other orphans.

Over seven years in the making, My Life As A Courgette is a gorgeously handmade piece of animation that has been winning awards all over the world from collecting both the Grand prize and the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Film Festival to being selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award.

Dealing with mature themes in an accessible, humourous and respectful way, the film is also simply a joy to experience.

Download the study guide for My Life As A Courgette here.

School screenings are $9.50 per school student, teachers free and include access to the comprehensive study guide for each film and attendance at the film criticism session.

The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film will also return in 2018 at Bond University.

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The Arts Centre Gold Coast


The Gold Coast Film Festival’s YScreen program will take place again in April 2018 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. 

School screenings are $9.50 per school student, teachers free and include access to the comprehensive study guide for each film and attendance at the film criticism session.

Films and sessions times will be announced later this year. Bookings will be available through The Arts Centre Gold Coast Education Team on 5588 4000 or email education@theartscentregc.com.au.



Future Filmmakers is a free seminar day designed specifically to give Year 11 and 12 school students a taste of many aspects and jobs available in the film industry with speakers covering all aspects of the filmmaking business.

The full day event also includes a guided tour through the Bond University Film & Television studios and Equipment Loan Store, which boasts a large range of professional industry standard equipment and technology.

Future Filmmakers in 2017 was a booked out event with 12 Queensland and New South Wales schools in attendance!

The format for Future Filmmakers 2017 included:

9.30am – 10.30am                 Meet the filmmakers

Hear from film directors and producers about what they do and how they got to where they are today


10.30am – 11.00am               Off Screen

If you love film, but don’t want to work on set, what roles are there?  We talk film industry professionals who don’t work on set.


11.00am – 11.15am   Break


11.15am – 12noon      State of the nation

Queensland’s major film industry body, Screen Queensland talks about about the future of film.


12:00noon – 12.30pm Lunch


12:30 – 1:00 STREAM 1: Bond University Facilities Tour

12.30 – 1:00 STREAM 2:  Opportunity knocks   

Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is THE short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Year 11 and 12 across Australia.  Running since 1996 and offering a grand prize of a full fee paid scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University, the competition is now one of the richest competitions in the Southern Hemisphere!


12:30 – 1:00 STREAM 2: Bond University Facilities Tour

12.30 – 1:00 STREAM 1:  Opportunity knocks   


1pm – 2pm Unsung Heroes

Everyone knows what a director or producer is, but what about the hidden heroes whose tireless efforts make films possible? We talk to some of Australia’s leading crew members about the importance of their roles on productions big and small – and how you can fit in.


Future Filmmakers is free to attend, but was fully booked for 2016 and 2017! Bookings for 2018 will open later this year. To receive updates and more information, please fill in the form below:

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If you have any questions or would like more information on Future Filmmakers, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.