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There has been some quiet film and screen rumblings on the Coffs Coast – other than Russell Crowe’s new film studio. The Screenwave International Film Festival has just finished its sixth festival, with a touch more than 11,000 festival-goers converging on the beachside, mountain-hewn holiday town of Coffs Harbour this past April. And now, SWIFF has just announced that its Nextwave youth film competition is taking entries nationally. Previously the competition has only been open to young regional filmmakers, but with SWIFF last year launching the Nextwave Online film education service, it is expanding its footprint to be open to every young person aged 10 to 25 in Australia.
This year’s entrance guidelines include submitting films under five minutes and including Nextwave 2021’s item (a pineapple) by October 12.
Tens of thousands in prizes up for grabs, including cash and film equipment, with filmmakers able to submit their films via www.nextwavefilm.com.au. The best short films will be selected and screened in front of sell-out crowds at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards in Autumn as part of the 2022 Screenwave International Film Festival in Coffs Harbour. A Best School Award will be chosen for each Australian State and Territory, along with individual awards recognising talent and excellence in filmmaking, while SWIFF will also offer a Best Regional Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Students and teachers can gain access to the new online learning and education portal, Nextwave Online, featuring over three hours of video episodes covering the fundamentals of short filmmaking, from writing, filming, editing and beyond – presented by the team behind the Screenwave International Film Festival.

Nextwave is proudly co-presented by Southern Cross University, and supported by the NSW State Government via the Stronger Country Communities Fund, Blackmagic Design, and local Councils around Australia.

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