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

2022 Phoney Film Fes­ti­val, Thurs­day 14 July 6pm @ Alice Cinema

Unleash your cre­ative side dur­ing the next school hol­i­days and join the Phoney Film Fes­ti­val: a short-film fes­ti­val by youth aged 12 – 25 years fea­tur­ing up to 5‑minute films shot on smart devices.

We are excit­ed to announce that this year’s Phoney Film Fes­ti­val is more adven­tur­ous than ever, with new cat­e­gories such as My sport sto­ry’ and My dance sto­ry’. We have also cre­at­ed a spe­cif­ic cat­e­go­ry for Stop motion/​Animation’, and every­thing else is….’No lim­its (any genre)’. Click here to down­load the terms and conditions 

You don’t have to be arty’ to par­tic­i­pate. A work­shop facil­i­ta­tor will help you find your sto­ry and teach you how to film and edit it. 

Do you need an extra incen­tive? Prizes totalling $2,000 will be award­ed to the win­ning entry in each cat­e­go­ry, as well as the People’s Choice Award. 

Sub­mit your short film by Wednes­day 6 July, togeth­er with an entry form

Save the date for the Phoney Film Fes­ti­val screen­ing and awards night: 14 July at 6pm at the Alice Springs Cin­e­ma. Have a ball with free enter­tain­ment and pop­corn and vote for your favourite film!

Free Work­shops @ Alice Springs Pub­lic Library:

  • Sun­day 19 June, 10am-12pm: Sto­ry telling
  • Sun­day 26 June, 10am-12pm: Film­ing and editing
  • Sun­day 3 July, 10am-12pm: Edit­ing and polishing

To reg­is­ter, please con­tact 8950 0547, YDO@​ASTC.​NT.​GOV.​AU

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!”



2022 Youth Recy­cled Art Prize – Fri­day 8 April to Sat­ur­day 16 April

As part of the annu­al NT Youth Week activ­i­ties, Council’s Youth Recy­cled Art Prize offers young peo­ple in Alice Springs aged 12 – 25 years 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 to the win­ning entry in each age cat­e­go­ry: 12 – 15 yrs, 16 – 19 yrs, 20 – 25yrs, as well as the People’s Choice Award, for a total of $1200 worth prizes.

  • Sub­mit a reg­is­tra­tion form by Fri­day 1 April, 5pm to YDO@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au 
    (Click here to down­load the reg­is­tra­tion form) 
  • Drop off your art­work Mon­day 4 April and Tues­day 5 April, between 3pm-5pm at Alice Plaza, Par­sons Street entrance
  • Attend the open­ing night Fri­day 8 April, 6pm @ Alice Plaza, Par­sons Street entrance

A work­shop will be deliv­ered at the Civic Cen­tre on Thurs­day 24 March, 3.30pm‑5.30pm to assist you cre­ate your art piece. Book required through Eventbrite: https://​www​.eventbrite​.com​.au/…

Free mate­r­i­al avail­able to entrants from the Redis­cov­ery Cen­tre Com­mon­age Road

If you wish to be involved in the organ­i­sa­tion of this event please con­tact
YOD@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au / 8950 0547


Come and join a crash course film school, just for Alice Springs youth. Work with film indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and see how it’s done! 

Undead Cen­tral is an all new film project for youth aged 14 – 25. Work with hor­ror film Actor & Direc­tor Leslie Simp­son to cre­ate a new trail­er for a zom­bie film. 

Whether you’re inter­est­ed in act­ing on film, learn­ing how to use a cam­era, or props, cos­tumes and spe­cial effects, Undead Cen­tral will do it all. 

Pre-pro­duc­tion fun-filled & infor­ma­tive work­shops!4PM — 6PM, @ Unit Base (Witchetty’s), Aralu­en Arts Centre.

  • Week 1: Fri­day 25 MARCH
  • Week 2: Wednes­day 30 MARCH & Thurs­day 31 MARCH
  • Week 3: Mon­day 4 APRIL & Fri­day 8 APRIL

Prin­ci­pal Pho­tog­ra­phy (the film shoot — hooray!) – school hol­i­day work­shops – 10am – 4pm, @ var­i­ous Loca­tions (film­ing will be here, there, and everywhere!)

  • Week 4: Mon­day 11 APRIL to Thurs­day 14 APRIL

Book ear­ly – places are lim­it­ed! Cater­ing is pro­vid­ed. Please advise of any spe­cial dietary require­ments when registering.

Enquiries to 8950 0547 or email YDO@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

Reg­is­ter to 8950 0500 or astc@​astc.​nt.​gov.​au

Sum­mer S.A.M. – Fri­day, 18 Novem­ber 2022 (stay Tuned)

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.