What is the Nextwave Competition?

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to all the filmmakers who entered Nextwave'21!

Nextwave, presented by the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), now in its seventh year is host to Australia’s largest regional youth short film competition and is free to enter for young people aged between 10 – 25 years, living anywhere in Australia.

Short films can range from a variety of genres, including comedies, dramas, thrillers, sci-fi, animation, documentary and personal essays. All that is needed to enter is to make a short film under five minutes (including all credits) and to creatively include the 2021 unique theme, “Pineapple“! 

Along with an array of awards and prizes across a variety of age categories, short film finalists will have their films premiere at the SWIFF in Coffs Harbour in 2022. Lucky creatives will also have the opportunity for their films to screen at venues across Australia for Youth Week in April 2022.

The 2021 Nextwave Competition is now open for entries! For more information on this year’s competition including the unique theme, check out the rules HERE! For announcements and helpful filmmaking tips, join Nextwave e-news HERE!

Watch the Nextwave 2021 Trailer

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