Top Tips: The Run-Down On Entering Your Awesome Film Into The Comp!

Ready for the slam dunk?

Hey Filmmakers,

Spring has sprung, and we’re into September. That means your films are due before the end of the month!

But don’t panic, we’re here to help!

With just over two weeks left, this week we’re going to run you the four easy steps of the entry process, to save you trying to read those fine details after an all-nighter edit session.

Plus, if you want the Nextwave Team to provide you any feedback, now’s the time! Reply to this email with a link to your film draft on Youtube, Vimeo or a Google Drive/Dropbox file. We’re happy to check out scripts and ideas too!

How to enter:


STEP 2: Prep your film ready to send

STEP 3: Fill out the ENTRY FORM

STEP 4: SUBMIT YOUR FILM (before September 23 midnight)

Read the rules
We know, boring right? Whilst we’re all for the breaking of filmmaking rules and conventions, it’s important you understand the conditions of entering Nextwave. You can read them all here, but the important stuff is that your film is made by 10-25 year olds, is suitable for all audiences and was made this year!

Prep your film ready to send
Last minute touches – this is the time. Remember, show don’t tell. If you can tell your story better in 4-minutes instead of 6, then do that! Be ruthless and cut it. You can enter as many short films as you’d like – we love seeing filmmakers developing their skills over the year!

Fill out the entry form
Give us the deets! We need to know who worked on your short film, and how to contact you. The 50 word description will be used in the official SWIFF program if you’re a finalist, so make your film sound as amazing as possible!

Send in the film
The important bit! We can’t judge your film if we don’t actually receive it. You can send the film in however is easiest for you, including sending a USB in the post! Online storage like Dropbox is great, as is creating a private vimeo link. If you get stuck, send us an email, or have a teacher call their contact on the Nextwave Team.

Our in-school filmmaking workshops have wrapped up for 2019, and we’ve had so much fun coming out to schools and meeting creative young regional Australians. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

If you’d love to see a filmmaking workshop at your school in 2020, let your teachers know! We’ll be reaching out in early 2020 with our ever-updating workshop, covering writing, filming and editing short films.

Happy filmmaking!

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