What is the Nextwave Competition?

The search is now on for the next wave of young regional filmmakers, with short film entries open from May 1 – Sept 21, 2020.


Nextwave, presented by the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), now in its sixth 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 outside a metro area.

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 phrase, ‘What’s Next?”. See ‘Beyond the Bubble’ (add link) category for more info on the 1-minute film challenge.

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 April, 2021. Lucky creatives will also have the opportunity for their

films to screen at venues across Australia for Youth Week in April 2021.

How to enter the Nextwave Comp

  1. Read the Terms & Conditions  
  2. Prep your film ready to send
  3. Fill out the Entry Form
  4. Submit your film before Monday October 26 (midnight)
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