SUN 18 APR · 3.30PM for 4.00PM · C.EX COFFS (upstairs Auditorium)
Australia’s largest regional youth film celebration is at home again on the Coffs Coast! 
One of the most highly attended events at SWIFF, the Nextwave Youth Film Awards showcases and awards young regional filmmakers from across the country. This year saw the most diverse range of films from the competition and on the night, we’ll see all the finalists’ short films and announce the winners.
 Walk the red carpet, snap a pic with the festival photographer and enjoy a live musical performance as part of the family friendly event. Hosted at C.ex Coffs, food and drinks will be available for purchase prior to the event. Enjoy free popcorn on arrival! 
Nextwave Youth Film Awards tickets are regular SWIFF’21 ticket prices, and SWIFF’21 Film Passes can be used for the event. All Under 25 single tickets are $8.
Nextwave is recommended for ages 10+. Some films contain mature themes.
Tickets now available!


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

Nextwave has four components:

  1. Nextwave Online – Season 1 is now available! This epic 10 x 20 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 living in regional Australia and open to anyone between the ages of 10-25 years. It’s free to enter!
  3. Youth Film Awards – hosted in January during SWIFF – the annual Nextwave Youth Film Awards presents young regional filmmakers with awards and prizes in filmmaking achievements. 
  4. Youth Week Screenings – finalists have the opportunity for their films to be screened in venues across regional Australia for Youth Week celebrations in April

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