Nextwave

NEXTWAVE YOUTH FILM AWARDS

NEXTWAVE YOUTH FILM AWARDS

The Nextwave Youth Film Awards celebrates the achievements of filmmakers from around Regional Australia aged 10-25 years.
One of the most beloved and popular events of SWIFF, the Nextwave Youth Film Awards is held on Friday January 17th at C.ex Coffs Harbour, from 6.30pm. The event includes a screening of all finalists’ films in the Nextwave 2019 competition, as well as the presentation of all awards and prizes. 
Walk the red carpet and have your picture taken by SWIFF Festival Photographer, then enjoy tunes from local band The Merchant Bankers before we welcome guests – then the lights go down and we see all the finalist films from the 2019 Nextwave competition. Awards presentation to follow films. The evening will wrap approximately 9.30pm.
Nextwave is recommended for ages 10+. Some films contain mature themes.
6PM RED CARPET ARRIVAL FOR 6.30PM START. FOOD AND DRINKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE BAR.
FREE POPCORN ON THE NIGHT!
Please note, no tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.swiff.com.au, at the Jetty Theatre, over the phone (02) 5626 5051, and via the SWIFF 2020 mobile app (free to download for iPhone and Android). Regular ticket pricing applies.

Featuring live performance from The Merchant Bankers

The Merchant Bankers are an emerging group of talented young artists that have played in various venues on the Coffs Coast over the past 12 months. Their diverse range of music is influenced by artists such as Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Paul Kelly, James Bay, Passenger, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Mumford & Sons and The Beatles. The founding members of the band are Josh Merchant on electric/acoustic guitar and vocals as well as writing original songs, younger brother Lachlan is on drums and friend Ethan Barrett plays bass. The band has a number of interchangeable guess performers they call on from time to time to lend a hand on keyboards, guitar and vocals.

The Bankers takes audiences back in time, to those days of classic rock songs with detailed lyrics and unforgettable guitar riffs. You’ll quickly be singing along! They also surprise audiences with a more folky sound, as Josh also plays banjo and Ethan the mandolin, so there is often a change of pace and music styles to keep things interesting.


Nextwave Youth Development program

 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. Workshop Touring Program – offered between May – Aug – in schools and education centres, teaching young people how to write, shoot and edit films
  2. Short Film Competition – open from May – Sept – 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. In 2019 over $40,000 in awards and prizes were offered to young filmmakers and regional schools.
  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

Previously known as REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Nextwave is now the largest youth development program in regional Australia. With over 70 in-school workshops delivered in 2019 in regional NSW, SWIFF’s Nextwave program shines a light on the stories that are important to young people living in Regional NSW.

For more details visit www.nextwavefilmfest.com.au