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Nextwave launches new Australia-wide online film education program for regional youth

Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is excited to announce a new national program providing online film education to young regional Australians.

The program, called Nextwave, has been operating for five years as Australia’s largest regional youth film development program, with the program hosting in-school workshops, a highly awarded short film competition, and a national Youth Week screenings program. To date, the Nextwave program has taught over 5000 regional students about filmmaking and facilitated the production of over 200 new short films.

With the onset of COVID-19, the SWIFF team have made the decision to broaden access to the program to reach more regional, rural and remote students and teachers by moving the program online in the form of engaging, interactive and fun educational video workshops. The new program covers the filmmaking process from writing, shooting and editing with no previous experience necessary, with the overall aim to develop communication skills using technology that becomes increasingly more accessible, to help capture regional stories from young people across Australia.

“Take one look at your social media feed and it’s easy to see that film is emerging as the communication tool of the future–and almost every young person already has access to the technology in their smart phone or DSLR–we just show them how to use it to help better tell their story,” explains SWIFF Co-Director Kate Howat.

Young regional Australians aged 10-25 can also enter the Nextwave short film competition, with awards and prizes in a number of categories. Films must be under 5 minutes, creatively include the phrase “What’s Next?”, with submissions closing September 21st.

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