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SWIFF's next wave program looking for submissions from young regional filmmakers

The search for SWIFF’s next wave of regional filmmakers is on!

Just take one look at your social media feed and it’s easy to see that film is the future of how we communicate – and the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is on the search for the next wave of young regional filmmakers.

Australia’s largest regional youth film competition, SWIFF’s Nextwave program (previously known as REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival), is now open for submissions for 2019 with over $25,000 in prizes up for grabs for individuals and schools.

Young filmmakers across regional Australia aged between 10 and 25 years old can flex their creativity by submitting a film of any genre: comedies, dramas, thrillers, animations, dance, or skate films. The 2019 Nextwave competition includes a new Documentary Prize, where young filmmakers can capture real non-fiction stories in their local communities.

The theme for 2019 is “DISCOVERY’ and the signature item all films must include is “GAME”. Films must also be under six minutes duration, including titles and credits and be PG or under. Submissions close September 23 at 11:59pm.

The top short film finalists will battle it out for top accolades at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards next January in Coffs Harbour, as a part of the 2020 Screenwave International Film Festival (Jan 9-24, 2020), which presents the Nextwave workshop and short film competition.

Finalists will also have their films screened around Regional Australia in theatres for Youth Week 2020!

Thanks to the support of Regional Arts NSW’s Regional Arts Fund and Southern Cross University, SWIFF’s Nextwave program will teach over 1200 young regional people how to write, shoot, and edit their own short films.

“The creativity and originality from young Regional Australian filmmakers is second-to-none. Many are first-timers or have a couple of short films under their belts. It’s incredible watching individual young filmmakers get better every year, finding their own creative voice, and telling our unique stories as Regional Australians,” said SWIFF Festival Director Dave Horsley.

Nextwave is co-presented by the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) and Headspace Coffs Harbour, proudly supported by Southern Cross University, Create NSW, Arts Mid North Coast, Blackmagic Design, Rode Microphones, Skullcandy and the Regional Arts Fund, reaching thousands of young people around the country to find the next wave of Regional Australian filmmakers.

The 2019 Nextwave short film competition is now open, with entry information as well as workshops and youth weeks screenings at