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 each year during the festival. The event includes a screening of all finalists’ films in the Nextwave Short Film Competition, as well as the presentation of all awards and prizes. 
Walk the red carpet and have your picture taken by the SWIFF Festival Photographer, plus mingle with fellow filmmakers, SWIFF guests, and enjoy live music from local musos!
Nextwave is recommended for ages 10+. Some films contain mature themes.
Tickets will be available once the full 2021 program is announced. 

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. Nextwave Online – Season 1 is out now! This epic 10 x 20 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 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. 
  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

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