MIFF Schools Youth Jury

The MIFF Schools Youth Jury, which was inaugurated in 2020, returns in 2023. The jury is a panel of three young filmmakers who deliberate on which title from the MIFF Schools program they deem the best.

In partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and ACMI, the jury members were selected from the best and brightest among Top Screen 2023’s participants.

Above: 2023 Youth Jury members Han Nhi Ngo, Emile Feik and Jasmine Lane (photo: Nicole Cleary Photography)

The 2023 Youth Jury

Born in Melbourne/Naarm, Han Nhi Ngo is an 18-year-old filmmaker of Vietnamese descent. Graduating from Williamstown High School in 2022, she is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Imaging at Deakin University. Her debut short film Going Home – Về Nhà, which was created for VCE Media Studies, won the 2023 Top Screen Jury Prize and explores the negotiation of culture. Through her work, she continues to navigate the intricacies of identity and growing up.

Jasmine Lane is an RMIT animation student whose film I’m a Background Character won first runner-up at Top Screen 2023. She has a passion for visual storytelling and is pursuing a career in art and 2D animation, drawing a lot of inspiration from the style of manga and anime. One day, she hopes to become an indie animator with the skill to create high-quality projects with full creative control.

Emile Feik is a Melbourne-based film student and emerging filmmaker. He is currently studying film and television at Swinburne University. His short film Earl Dreams of Apples was selected for Top Screen 2023 and the Setting Sun Film Festival.