Nextwave Coming Through

Are you a young filmmaker? Submit your short film to the 2021 Nextwave Competition! Nextwave is presented by the Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF). It is now in its seventh year. The submission date has just been extended to November 12 so it’s not too late to share your masterpiece.

Calling All Young Filmmakers

SWIFF is all about bringing new film experiences to Australian audiences. It’s the brainchild of husband-and-wife team, Dave Horsley and Kate Howat. SWIFF has developed into a screen culture collective, connecting cinephiles and movie lovers from all walks of life. SWIFF presents the Nextwave Youth Film Awards each year during the festival. Previously the competition has only been open to young regional filmmakers. But with the launch of the Nextwave Online film education service, it’s expanding to be open to every young person aged 10-25 in Australia. 

What’s Required?

Short films can range from a variety of genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers, sci-fi, animation, documentary and personal essays. Just make a short film under five minutes and creatively include the 2021 unique theme, “Pineapple”. Check the website for the full list of entrance guidelines. 

Prizes and Screenings

There are an array of awards and prizes across a variety of age categories up for grabs. Short film finalists will have their films premiere at the SWIFF in Coffs Harbour in 2022. Lucky creatives will also have the opportunity for their films to screen at venues across Australia for Youth Week in April 2022.

Get all the details here. Good luck!