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Nextwave Comp: Time to get brainstorming!

Nextwave 2021 Comps is OPEN NOW!

Get your film in by October 12th 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “October is ages away!” And you’re right! But now is the perfect time to start – even just sitting down, drawing a doodle of a pineapple, and starting to brainstorm story ideas around it.

This year, we’ve left the entry criteria very simple for a reason: we want YOU to make a film that you’re passionate about. A subject that you love, or a situation that you find interesting, in any genre, style or setting. Get creative, include a pineapple, and remember to keep it family friendly!

There’s a bunch of really useful tips on getting inspired and developing a great story in Episode II of Nextwave Online, as well as a heap of interesting information on the use of genre and style when writing a great script. Keep on reading to learn how you could get a year’s access to Nextwave Online for free! 

Here’s a fun fact about pineapples to get your cranial cogs moving: the Latin name for pineapple is Ananas Comosus, meaning “fragrant, excellent fruit”. 

Get brainstorming, and have fun! 

Nextwave Online: Learn Filmmaking at Home

Nextwave Online is a completely online learning portal that teaches the fundamentals of filmmaking, from coming up with a great idea, to scripting, to filming to editing, in 10 fun, informative and educational videos, created and presented by the team behind the Screenwave International Film Festival, with a few special guests along the way. 

Whether you’re just starting out, or have a few short films under your belt already and need a refresher, it’s the perfect tool to level up your filmmaking, and teach you valuable skills that will come in handy through all walks of life, not just making films! 

With a 12 month Nextwave Online subscription, you’ll get: 

  • 10 fun, informative and educational filmmaking episodes
  • Bonus episodes! 
  • Episode Companion Guides
  • Activity Sheets
  • Filmmaking resources 
  • Access to the Nextwave Short Film Archive 
  • AND ALL NEW EPISODES! – To be announced soon! 

Are you a NSW resident under the age of 18? Get full access to the Nextwave Online course for FREE when you use your NSW Creative Kids Voucher! 

Don’t live in NSW but don’t want to miss out on the fun?  That’s okay! Click the button below to fill out the interest form, and and one of the team will be in touch to find the best option for you. 

What's Next for the 2020 Nextwave Films?

After the tremendous success of the annual Nextwave Youth Film Awards, friend of SWIFF and director of the Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival (SSFFF) Simon Foster announced that a selection of the strangest, most fantastical and genre-bending Nextwave films will be heading down to Sydney this November to screen at the Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival! 

“Nextwave enables the next generation of Australian genre filmmakers to ignite and explore their passion for storytelling. It is a central goal of our festival to nurture speculative visionaries, and these are some of the best young imaginations our country has to offer.” – Simon Foster, SSFFF Director. 

This is of course in addition to our full array of finalist and winning films being screened all over the country as part of Youth Week. We are so excited for our filmmakers, and can’t wait to see them Sydney-bound!

Click the button below to find out exactly which films will be screened.

Want to get a leg up on the competition and bring the Nextwave online filmmaking workshops to your school? Register your interest below!

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