Presented by the Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival, since 2014 the Nextwave youth film education program has taught over 5000 regional students how to use filmmaking as a communications tool along with important mental health education. It has become regional Australia’s largest youth film education program.
Nextwave aims to shine a spotlight on young regional Australians between the ages of 10-25, giving young people an opportunity to learn the craft of filmmaking, to have their stories seen, and to be recognised for their creative contributions.
The Nextwave program consists of three elements:
- NEXTWAVE ONLINE: a film education subscription service to help young regional Australians, teachers, and councils how to produce short films in their community.
- NEXTWAVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION: open to all young people aged 10 -25 years in regional Australia, which culminates in the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in April 2021 on the Coffs Coast.
- NEXTWAVE REGIONAL SCREENINGS: a screenings program during Youth Week and Mental Health Month that feature the finalists’ films from the Nextwave Short Film Competition.