Nextwave Online for Councils

Bring Nextwave Online to young people in your community.

Nextwave is Australia’s largest regional youth film development program, teaching over 5000 students the fundamentals of film making and the links between creativity and mental health since 2014.
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Nextwave Online has been redesigned to be accessible to more regional, rural and remote students than ever before, with the learning program to be supported by Australian schools and their teachers. The aim of the program is not just to equip students with the skill to make short films, but the ability to communicate through the power of filmmaking- to tell their stories and convey what is important to them through the medium of film.

To bring Nextwave Online to young people in your community, councils can purchase access for their local schools, community groups or youth centres. It is not a requirement for young people to be enrolled in school to access this education program.

Each school or community license includes:

  • Access to all content (10 episodes per year) anytime, anywhere 
  • Licenses can be used for multiple classes within a school or group
  • Teachers receive dedicated logins with additional workshop companion guides, teaching resources and team support
  • Student logins to access learning modules and complete activities
  • New content added each year
  • Councils typically purchase access for as many schools as their budget allows across their LGA, with the minimum being one school.


  • March onwards: Councils sign up to be involved
  • May: The Nextwave short film competition opens
  • May-Nov: Students produce short films using their newfound filmmaking skills
  • Nov: The 2021 Nextwave short film competition closes for submissions
  • April: The Nextwave Youth Film Awards premieres finalists’ films at SWIFF 2022 in Coffs Harbour
  • April: The Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival (90-minute short film program) is hosted locally in communities across the country.

To find out how schools or community groups in your region can participate in Nextwave Online, complete the form below.

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