What we’ve been up to in lockdown

What’s new with SWIFF? New national program launches today!

Nextwave Online: teaching young regional, rural, and remote Australians to capture their stories through film, nation-wide

Hey SWIFF friends, 

Now that cinemas have reopened in NSW, with limited capacity, as a bunch of film geeks needing a good cinema fix – we’ll take what we can get!          So please, go out and support your local cinema!

What has the SWIFF team been up to during lockdown?

We’ve been making movies!

So, we hit a little snag this year. Every winter we run SWIFF’s Nextwave youth filmmaking workshops in schools. With COVID putting a pin in 70+ regional NSW schools’ workshops this winter, it gave us some time to dream a little bigger and make lemonade out of pandemic lemons.

Today, regional Australia’s new national youth film education program goes live – presenting, Nextwave Online!

At SWIFF, we love movies. We love movie-makers. Our vision is to equip every young regional Australian with the tools they need to tell their unique stories – our collective stories as regional Australians – through film. 

Nextwave Online is an online portal packed with fun, educational step-by-step filmmaking videos – produced by (and starring!) the team at SWIFF, alongside some of our film-industry friends.

Made in lockdown, this 2020 season will include ten fun episodes teaching how to write, film and edit a short film – plus production design, sound, running a film set and plenty more. The Nextwave Online program launches today and we would love for you to help share the program (on Facebook, or via our new Nextwave website) with young people who love film – the next wave of regional filmmakers!

Plus, if you’re a parent, teacher, or a young regional person keen to get access to the workshop program, head  to Nextwave Online to find the perfect option for you – with workshops available for individuals, classes and more.

For all of you NSW people, you can also get the program 100% for free using your NSW Creative Kids Voucher!

It’s an exciting time to see SWIFF’s hallmark youth program, Nextwave, go national. We’ve had schools and regional councils from States & Territories across Australia already pre-register for Nextwave Online – and CAN’T WAIT to see all the original short films heading our way for this year’s Nextwave short film competition.

And for SWIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Awards… with announcements about the 2021 Screenwave International Film Festival coming soon.  

We’d like to thank our supporters, Southern Cross University, the Regional Arts Fund, Create NSW, Arts Mid North Coast, the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and Local Councils.

We’re beyond excited to see the stories from young regional Australians, this year more than ever the voices of the next wave are urgently needed. We hope you join us in encouraging the youth of regional Australia to get creative and get their stories out into the world – we couldn’t feel more honoured to help the next wave of regional Australia’s filmmakers get out there into the world.  

-The SWIFF Team