The Nextwave Youth Film Awards, hosted as part of SWIFF in April 2021, lit a spotlight on the finalists of the Nextwave 2020 competition. With over $30,000 in prizes and awards, alongside the big screen premiere of 22 finalist films, read more about NYFA’21 here!

NYFA will return to SWIFF in 2022!

With this year’s competition item announced as PINEAPPLE, NYFA’22 will feature the best and brightest new filmmaking talent, from a competition open to all young Australian filmmakers aged 10-25 nationwide. Held during SWIFF, the event includes a screening of all finalists’ films, plus a live music performance, special guests and an awards presentation.

A sell-out event every year, tickets to NYFA’22 will go on sale with the full festival program, March 18.


Nextwave is SWIFF’s short film and youth development program, celebrating the best in short films by the next wave of young filmmakers from across Australia.

Nextwave has four components:

  1. Nextwave Online – Season 1 is now available! This epic 10 x 25 minute module program makes film learning fun, easy, and accessible, where students and teachers can learn at their own pace and all content can be found in one place. Learn all the fundamentals about short filmmaking!
  2. Short Film Competition – open from May for young people across Australia aged between 10-25 years. It’s free to enter!
  3. Youth Film Awards – hosted in April during SWIFF – the annual Nextwave Youth Film Awards presents the next wave of young creatives with awards and prizes in filmmaking achievements.
  4. Youth Week Screenings – finalists have the opportunity for their films to be screened in venues across Australia for Youth Week celebrations in April

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