What is the Nextwave Competition?

Submissions for the 2022 Nextwave short film comp are now open! The theme for this years competiton is 'transformation' and all films must include the colour 'green'. The deadline for entries is October 25th.

Nextwave, presented by the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), now in its eighth 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 2022 unique theme, transformation, and item, green!

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 2023. Lucky creatives will also have the opportunity for their films to screen at venues across Australia for Youth Week in April 2023.

The 2022 Nextwave Competition is open for entries from May 1 til October 25. Be the first in the know for all updates and subscribe to our e-news  HERE. 

Check back soon for competition assets, such as the ’22 poster and trailer.

Watch the Nextwave 2021 Trailer

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