Morgan Farrell made two short that are part of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth.
Morgan Farrell made two short that are part of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth. Sarah Harvey

Teen film fest a big hit with silver screen devotees

IT'S when Ipswich teenager Morgan Farrell tries to fall asleep each night that her film-making inspiration comes.

"I find it hard during the day but when I try to go to sleep I always get ideas on writing scripts," Morgan, 14, said.

"I love being both in front and behind the camera - I'm a bit of a control freak. My idols are Quentin Tarantino and Ben Stiller, because they both act and direct."

The teen has submitted two short films to the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth - exploring the theme of finding home and what it means to teens.

Her entries included Nerds verse Zombies and Home Bound.

The latter is about a young girl killed at the site of an old Ipswich school, and her ghost that continues to haunt it.

The inaugural festival attracted dozens of entrants, and organisers hope next year's event will be bigger with more categories for entrants.

Participants ranged in ages from 12 to 25 and while there was no winner, the entrants were each recognised at a launch on Monday night and screening on Wednesday.

Teah Heke with sisters Vanchie and Audrey Lavea, the three girls made a short film through the RACE (recreate, activate, connect, excel) program. The films will are part of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
Teah Heke with sisters Vanchie and Audrey Lavea, the three girls made a short film through the RACE (recreate, activate, connect, excel) program. The films will are part of the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey