That’s a wrap for Australia’s youth film celebration at SWIFF’21!
One of the most highly attended events at SWIFF, the Nextwave Youth Film Awards showcased 22 short films and awarded over $30,000 in prizes and awards  to young filmmakers from across the country. 
NYFA will return in April at SWIFF’22, with this year’s competition item announced as…..PINEAPPLE!
Head over to to check out how to enter the comp, and learn how to make a great short film with Nextwave Online.


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

For more details visit

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