Living in Alice

Youth Programs

Alice Springs Town Coun­cil’s Youth Pro­grams Team arranges engag­ing activ­i­ties, events and work­shops for young peo­ple in Alice Springs.

Reg­u­lar­ly meet­ing with young lead­ers, the team dis­cuss­es and iden­ti­fies issues impor­tant to youth in Alice Springs, and derive activ­i­ties to address those issues. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with young lead­ers, the Youth Team organ­is­es a diverse range of activ­i­ties through­out each year.

These activ­i­ties aim to uplift and empow­er young peo­ple by includ­ing them in deci­sion-mak­ing, assist­ing them in devel­op­ing new skills as they co-present activ­i­ties, and ulti­mate­ly pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive per­cep­tion of young peo­ple in our community.

Young peo­ple up to the age of 25 years can get involved today by con­tact­ing the Youth Team on 8950 0500, or email­ing ydo@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

Sum­mer S.A.M. – Thurs­day, 11 Novem­ber 2021

(for­mer­ly the Youth Arts & Music Fes­ti­val, a.k.a. YAMfest)

Coun­cil’s Youth Pro­grams Team has rein­vig­o­rat­ed and expand­ed this annu­al youth event into Sum­mer S.A.M. – Sports, Arts & Music) – incor­po­rat­ing an excit­ing range of activ­i­ties for Alice Springs youth aged 12 – 25 years.

This year, Sum­mer SAM will coin­cide with the Novem­ber Night Mar­kets, for even greater engage­ment and enter­tain­ment options. 

Fol­low Coun­cil’s Face­book page – @AliceSpringsTC – for all the latest!

Con­tact Coun­cil’s Youth Team on 8950 0500, or email astc@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au to be a part of future Youth Programs.

2022 Youth Recy­cled Art Prize – stay tuned!

As part of the annu­al NT Youth Week activ­i­ties, Coun­cil’s Youth Recy­cled Art Prize offers young peo­ple in Alice Springs the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op their cre­ative tal­ents, have their work exhib­it­ed, and win great prizes – all while learn­ing about recy­cling. All exhib­it­ed art­works are made from recy­cled / reused mate­ri­als. Prizes are award­ed for win­ning entries, includ­ing a People’s Choice Award.

If you’re aged 11 – 25 years, then sub­mit your best waste’ art­work, cre­at­ing a sculp­ture or art­work out of reused or recy­cled materials.

Entries close 1st April 2022!

Open­ing exhi­bi­tion on 8th April 2022! Details to come…

Reg­is­ter your inter­est with the Youth Team by email­ing YDO@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

CASH prizes to be won!

2022 Phoney Film Fes­ti­val – stay tuned!

Alice Springs Town Council’s Youth Pro­grams Team presents the annu­al Phoney Film Fes­ti­val (PFF) in July each year – a short-film fes­ti­val by youth, for youth, fea­tur­ing 5‑minute films shot on smart devices.

PFF includes two work­shops designed to help devel­op key film­mak­ing skills, in the lead up to the Screen­ing & Awards Night.

The first work­shop – deliv­ers face to face tuto­ri­als on tech­niques and strate­gies for mak­ing short films, includ­ing sto­ry­telling and edit­ing, and will be sup­port­ed by online tuto­ri­als that par­tic­i­pants can access independently.

The sec­ond work­shop – is a drop-in space for young film-mak­ers to seek sup­port and help with prob­lem-solv­ing as they cre­ate their films.

Sub­mis­sions for entries close 1 July 2022

The Phoney Film Fes­ti­val screen­ing and awards night will be held at the Alice Springs Cin­e­ma, on Thurs­day 14 July 2022. The judg­ing pan­el com­pris­es pro­fes­sion­als in the film indus­try who will deter­mine the top three short films.

The com­mu­ni­ty can vote in the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for their favourite film – to be award­ed to the film receiv­ing the major­i­ty of votes from those attend­ing the screen­ing night. Prizes will be award­ed on the night.

Build­ing young people’s skill-sets in a cre­ative medi­um will pro­mote self-con­fi­dence, a sense of achieve­ment, and enable those young peo­ple to con­tin­ue to express and share their unique per­spec­tives with their community.

Pre­vi­ous PFF Workshops!

These Phoney Film Fes­ti­val work­shop videos from PFF2020 include handy tips on how to cre­ate a short film on your smart phone or tablet device! Thanks to Dog­milk Films, Viviana Pet­yarre and Josef Jaka­mar­ra Eggar for the great advice!

Work­shop 1 — Look­ing Space!”

Sto­ry Writing


Work­shop 2 — Cam­era Angles and Movement!”

Cam­era Angles


Work­shop 3 — Light­ing and Storyboarding!”



Work­shop 4 — Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion and Spe­cial Effects!”

Stop-Motion Ani­ma­tion

Spe­cial Effects

Work­shop 5 — Edit­ing and Music!”