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Main Competition rules

For your film to be eligible to enter the  main 2020 Nextwave Youth Film Competition, there are a few rules to think about.

(If you would also like to enter ‘Beyond the Bubble‘, 1-minute film challenge category, for Coffs Harbour residents only, please click HERE)

2020 Nextwave Main Competition Guidelines:

1. Your film has to be under 5 minutes duration, including intro and credits. No exceptions.

2. You must be aged between 10-25 years in order to be eligible.

3. Films are to creatively include the phrase “What’s Next?”. It can be as literal or abstract as you like!

4. If you are using another person’s music in your film, please make sure you have their permission to do so. If you do not have an artists’ permission or have not made your own music or sourced copyright free material, your film will not be eligible for the competition.

5. Nextwave is open to film-makers from regional Australia only. Sorry, we cannot accept entries from metropolitan areas.

6. Creativity, originality and story-telling will be more highly considered in judging than production value – you don’t need a flashy camera to make a great, captivating short film. It’s your story and how you tell it that counts. 

7. You can enter as many films as you like, provided you meet the entry criteria.

8. Your film is to be rated G or PG. This means no over-the-top violence, drugs, swearing or sexual content. If your film cannot be shown at a public screening for families then your film may not be eligible. Nextwave reserves the right to not include any films that contradict this rule. If in doubt, ask us on the Screenwave International Film Festival Facebook Page

9. All keys roles (eg, Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Actor) MUST be aged between 10-25 in order to be eligible. Friends and family can help you make your film, but the main roles need to be done by a young person.

10. For your film to be eligible you will need to officially enter it by filling out the Entry Form and by Submitting Your Film before Monday 26 October, 2020 at 11:59pm.

11. Nextwave is all about giving new films an audience, therefore your film must have finished principal photography after January 1st, 2020.

12. Get creative and have fun!

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