Competition Terms & Conditions

The Promoter of SWIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Festival (known as Nextwave – formerly [REC] Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival) is the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF). Nextwave is open to all entrants living anywhere in Australia between the ages of 10 and 25 years.

Entries for 2023 are to include the theme and item somewhere in their film – ‘Strength’ and ‘Torch’

All films entered must have a rating recommendation of G or PG. Films with excessive violence, language or nudity will not be accepted.
Nextwave entrants must submit their film by the close date. The final date for all entries is October 25th, 2023 (‘close date’).
Films entered into Nextwave must have been made after Jan 1st, 2023.

Each entrant must create a short film of no longer than 5 minutes in length and 10GB in size, abiding by the terms and conditions of entry. The entry must be in one of the following formats:
Each entrant must obtain signed consent from all participants in the short film (this includes actors, musicians and the filmmakers – see Filmmaking Resources for consent forms).

Each entrant must complete a consent form, if required,  and enter the short film by submitting via Film Freeway, or via a private link shared on Google Drive, WeTransfer, Vimeo, YouTube). Please include all passwords for links. Or mail a clearly labelled USB with the title of the project and your name to:

Nextwave Youth Film Festival
PO Box 182, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Entries not made in accordance with these entry terms will be invalid and not considered. Entrants agree, that by participating in Nextwave, they authorise the Promoter to reproduce clips of selected films and use films in their entirety for the purpose of advertising and promoting Nextwave or other youth and film related events, run by Screenwave. The Promoter’ aim is to promote, and provide exposure to each entrant’s film, across Australia.
Each entrant acknowledges that USBs, DVDs and any other material received will not be returned, to the entrant, by the Promoter.

If accepted, finalists must supply films in 1920×1080  resolution.
Each entrants agrees that by participating in Nextwave, they authorise the to upload films to the SWIFF website, and other social media.
Each entrant agrees that by participating in Nextwave they authorise the Promoter to show their film or clips of their film, at SWIFF, during SWIFF’s Nextwave workshops and screen in public places across Australia.
The decision of the Promoter to accept or reject an entry is final. No correspondence will be entered into. There is no limit to the number of entries per person – each entry must be submitted separately; group entries are acceptable.

Each entrant warrants in submitting a film, that it is their original work and does not violate or infringe (or reasonably be expected to violate or infringe) upon the legal rights of any other person, including material which is protected by copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights.
Entries must not contain any material that is defamatory, obscene, indecent, harassing or threatening or is otherwise unlawful. The film must not contain material that would be likely to cause the film to be classified “M” or a higher classification. A copy of the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games can be found at: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2012L02541

When developing your entry, please ensure you obtain all the relevant film permits.

By entering Nextwave each entrant agrees to indemnify Screenwave Australia against all loss, damage, costs (including legal costs) or liability whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the entrant’s breach of these terms and conditions (including the content requirements).
By submitting a film for entry, you the entrant, warrant that:
1) You own , or have the necessary license to grant to the Promoter an irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty free and worldwide right to use the film or part of the film;
2) Prior to entering the film in Nextwave, you have gained the consent of all identifiable persons featured in the film;
3) The film is previously unpublished and is your own original work;
Entries will not be returned by the Promoter. The Promoter will not be held liable for any lost entries.

Any entry, that at the discretion of the Promoter, is deemed to be offensive, defamatory, indecent, obscene or discriminatory, will immediately be disqualified from entering Nextwave. The Promoter’s decision in relation to any aspect of Nextwave is final. No correspondence and discussion will be entered into.
The entrant (or where the entrant is a minor, then the parent or guardian) shall indemnify and release The Promoter in respect of any judgement, action, or liability for all loss, damage or injury to persons or property arising from the negligence of the entrant (or where the entrant is a minor, then the parent or guardian); or against any breach by the entrant of any third party intellectual property rights and against any act or omission by the entrant (or where the entry is a minor, their parent or guardian) commenced by a third party against the Promoter.

Words expressed in the singular in these terms and conditions also include the plural.
The Promoter’s decision to screen a film at any event is final.

All entrants will be placed into the following categories
according to their age:
a)        10 – 14 years
b)        15 – 17 years
c)        18 – 25 years

The Promoter will shortlist all finalists. The Promoter will appoint Judges, who will decide the winner from the list of Finalists’ films in each category.
All decisions made in relation to winners of each category, will be final, and not subject to review.

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