The Nextwave Youth Film Awards (NYFA) is a beloved feature event of SWIFF that each year celebrates the creative filmmaking achievements of young Australians across the country.
Making its debut at CHEC Theatre, SWIFF rolls out the red carpet for a selection of comedies, horror, drama, thrillers, documentaries, and experimental creations. All on the big screen to celebrate new and exciting creations from the next generation of storytellers – plus award their outstanding achievements in cinematography, acting, editing, sound and more.
In 2021, the Nextwave Youth Film Competition received over 60 submissions from every State across the country, with NYFA presenting the World Premiere of 26 finalists’ short films at SWIFF’22.
Featuring live music, red carpet arrival, guest speakers, plus an awards ceremony and the highly anticipated People’s Choice Award – all before the main screening event. 

Join us on May 1st as SWIFF celebrates the next wave of Australian filmmakers.


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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