Nextwave Online for Regions

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 regional 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 and youth centres. It is not a requirement for young people to be enrolled in school to access this education program.

Each school license includes:

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


  • Mar onwards: Councils sign up to be involved
  • May: The Nextwave short film competition opens for 2021
  • May-Oct: Students produce short films using their newfound filmmaking skills
  • Oct 12: The 2021 Nextwave short film competition closes for submissions
  • Autumn 2022: The Nextwave Youth Film Awards premieres finalists’ films at SWIFF 2022 in Coffs Harbour
  • April 2022: The Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival (90-minute short film program) is hosted locally in communities across the country.

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

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