A FILM about a witch trying to take over the world is in the running to win a share of $2000 in this year's Hawkesbury-Hills Youth Film Festival.
"The witch is releasing a toxic gas into the air that makes people forget," Hills Drama School director Aaron Scully said of his students' entry, Toxic Gas News Report, which incorporates several news interviews with people who can't quite work out who they are.
"Who are you?" is the theme of the student film competition run by the Uniting Church Hawkesbury-Hills Zone which covers Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Quakers Hill, Rouse Hill, Richmond, Pitt Town and Kurrajong Heights.
Zone community development pastor Suzanne Hopman said they started the competition last year as a way to find out the opinions of youth in the area and how to support them through a medium they were used to working with.
"So we asked them to create films up to five minutes long using their mobile phones or video cameras," Ms Hopman, of Beaumont Hills, said.
About 350 people turned out to last year's inaugural film night, which Josh White won from 15 finalists.
"The theme was 'Worth getting up for' and the films entered covered anything from their hobbies and wiping out poverty to [boy band] One Direction," Ms Hopman said.
"Josh's film was about habitats."
Fifteen entries will be shown on an outdoor screen in Market Square, Rouse Hill Town Centre, on September 12. Winners will also be announced.
■ Entries close tomorrow (Wednesday). There are five categories: 12-15 years, 16-18, 19-21, group or school entry 12-15 years, and group or school entry 16-21 years. Details: hhyouthfilmfest.com.