Tickets to the Nextwave Youth Film Awards will go on sale from December 7 when the full program in out. Tickets can be purchase online, via the SWIFF 2020 mobile app or at the Jetty Theatre.
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.

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