Nextwave is SWIFF’s new short film program, celebrating the best short films produced by Regional Australia’s next wave of filmmakers (now open to ages 10 to 25).

Recently launched at SWIFF 2019 with the Nextwave Youth Film Awards, Nextwave awarded more than $40,000 in prizes to young regional filmmakers and regional schools during the festival.

Previously known as REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Nextwave is now the official youth filmmaking program of the Screenwave International Film Festival. With over 65 in-school workshops delivered in 2018 all around Northern NSW, SWIFF’s Nextwave program shines a light on the stories that are important to young people living in Regional NSW.

Entries to the short film competition are open to all young people living in Regional Australian cities with less than 100,000 population.

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