Nextwave: Youth · Film · Australia

Presented by Coffs Coasts’ Screenwave International Film Festival, Nextwave is Australia’s largest regional youth film development program – redesigned and available online nationally.  

what is nextwave?

Nextwave is Australia’s largest regional youth film development program, teaching over 5000 students the fundamentals of film making and the links between creativity and mental health since 2014. The program is presented by Screenwave International Film Festival and based on the Coffs Coast.

The Nextwave program has been redesigned to be delivered entirely online and accessible to more regional, rural and remote students than ever before, with the learning program to be supported by teachers and homeschooling parents.

The aim of the Nextwave Online program is not just to equip students with the skill to make films, but the ability to communicate through the power of filmmaking- to tell their stories and convey what is important to them through the medium of film.


  • Students and teachers access the Nextwave Online learning portal
  • Access to introductory filmmaking and film appreciation
  • Includes 10 fun and engaging filmmaking workshops (approx 20 mins each)
  • Includes access to the complete back catalogue of Nextwave finalist films
  • Plenty of film resources and teacher’s guides also available 

Click here for online workshop enquiries

film it!

  • Students will produce a short film within their home, school or youth centre.
  • Students can submit their film to the Nextwave Short Film Competition to win awards and prizes.
  • Submissions open May 1st and close October 12th, 2021.
  • Finalists screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards held during SWIFF in April 2022. 

Click here for competition guidelines

screen it!

  • The best 15 short films will be made available to councils to purchase and screen during Youth Week 2021.
  • Celebration screening kits include the short films, Public Exhibition Licensing, the desired screening format and a complete suite of marketing tools . 
  • Communities that take part in the program will receive up to 5 locally produced short films .  

Click here for screening information


To bring Nextwave to young people in your community, Councils can purchase access for their local schools and youth centres. It is not a requirement for young people to be enrolled in school to access this education program. 

Pricing is per school, providing access for up to 100 students and is $500+GST. 

Each school license includes:

+ Access to all content (10 episodes per year) anytime, anywhere

+ Licenses can be used for multiple classes within a school

+ Teachers receive dedicated login with additional workshop companion and teaching resources

+ Student logins to access learning modules and complete activities

A new season of film education episodes are added each year, along with resources and workshop companion guides.

Councils typically purchase access for as many schools as their budget allows across their LGA, with the minimum being one school.

program timeline

  • March onwards: Councils sign up to be involved 
  • May: The Nextwave short film competition opens for 2021
  • May-Oct: Students produce short films using their newfound filmmaking skills 
  • Nov 12th: The 2021 Nextwave short film competition closes for submissions 
  • Nov 15th: 2022 intake for Nextwave Online closes
  • April 2022: The Nextwave Youth Film Awards premieres finalists’ films at SWIFF 2021 in Coffs Harbour 
  • April 2022: The Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival (90-minute short film program) is hosted locally in communities across the country.


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