Nextwave is SWIFF’s new short film program, celebrating the best short films produced by Regional Australia’s next wave of filmmakers (aged 12 to 25).  

Launching at SWIFF 2019 with the new Nextwave Youth Film Awards, Nextwave will award more than $40,000 in prizes to young regional filmmakers and regional schools during the festival. Tickets will be available to view the next best filmmakers’ short films (you can even use your festival passes!). 

Previously known as REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Nextwave is now the official youth filmmaking program of the Screenwave International Film Festival. With over 65 in-school workshops delivered in 2018 all around Northern NSW, SWIFF’s Nextwave program shines a light on the stories that are important to young people living in Regional NSW. 

Entries to the short film competition are open to all young people living in Regional Australian cities with less than 100,000 population. 

The Nextwave Youth Film Awards will be held on Friday, January 18th at C.ex Coffs (Vernon St, Coffs Harbour). Join us from 6pm for a 6:30pm start, including an approximately 90-minute screening and awards presentation to follow.