Nextwave Online for Teachers


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Bring filmmaking skills to you students.

The Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival has launched a new national service for teachers to easily bring film education into the classroom – no previous experience required.

As technology becomes ever more accessible, filmmaking has changed from an expensive arts skill into an affordable and valuable communications skill for the future – social media, documenting school projects, YouTube channels, Tik Tok, video presentations. Film is now mainstream.

The aim of Nextwave Online is to also develop filmmaking skills in you as a teacher, and to provide your students new methods to showcase their excellence through film, such as in school work, national short film competitions, potential internship opportunities, careers in film and the creative industries, and so much more.

Purchase your school subscription to teach a complete introductory filmmaking course to you and your students, either in the classroom, or accessed remotely. Teachers are supported with companion guides for every episode, regular dedicated teachers’ e-newsletter, plus activity sheets and additional resources, along with direct teacher support from the Nextwave team.

Subscriptions run calendar year with next year’s intake closing November 15.

Nextwave Online – Start to End Filmmaking  across ten modules:

  1. Starting the filmmaking journey
  2. Finding inspiration and story ideas
  3. How to develop a story for a short film
  4. Building your film world – costuming, make-up, and props
  5. Storyboarding, shot types, and getting organised before a film shoot
  6. Anatomy of a film camera – getting to know your equipment
  7. How to run a film set
  8. How to use video editing software to cut together a film
  9. Understanding beginner sound design and music for film
  10. How to get your short film seen by others

Nextwave Short Film Competition

Each year, the Nextwave short film competition is free to enter for all young Australians aged 10 -25 years– so your students can put their newfound filmmaking skills into practice in the real world.

The competition awards tens of thousands of dollars in prizes to filmmakers and their schools each year, with the best short films each year screening at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards – regional Australia’s largest youth film celebration – a major event of Coffs Harbour’s Screenwave International Film Festival.

The best short films each year are included in the travelling Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival, which screens annually at over 20 regional towns and cities across Australia (includes up to 5 locally produced short films!). Speak to your local council about bringing the Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival to your community.

Nextwave short film archive

If you are wanting to inspire your students, your school’s Nextwave Online subscription also provides access to the complete back catalogue of previous years’ Nextwave short film competition finalist and winning films.

Schools receive price subsidy

We have collated the learning plan and content. The subscription price for all Australian schools receive a partial subsidy by the Screenwave International Film Festival and Southern Cross University.

Sign up for your students today!

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