Awards & Prizes

Nextwave Youth Film Awards


A gala screening and awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of filmmakers from around Regional Australia aged 10-25. Held on Friday January 17th during the Screenwave International Film Festival (Jan 9-24 2020) at C.ex Coffs Harbour, the event includes a screening of all finalists in the Nextwave 2019 competition, as well as the presentation of all awards and prizes. 

Tickets for SWIFF 2020, including the Nextwave Youth Film Awards special event, go on sale in the second half of 2019, more information can be found at, or on the Screenwave Facebook page.

Details below: 

Major Awardsward

🏆2019 Nextwave Filmmaker Award
🏆2019 Best School Award


🏆Best Film (10-13 age category)
🏆Best Film (14-17 age category)
🏆Best Film (18-25 age category)
🏆Best Director
🏆Best Actor
🏆Best Scriptwriter
🏆Best Editor
🏆Best Documentary
🏆Best Cinematographer
🏆Rising Talent Award

All finalists will have their original short films screen at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards during SWIFF’20 in January, as well as Australia wide as part of Youth Week 2020 in April. 

Awarded at the Gala event will be all awards and prizes including:

  • 4K Pocket Cinema Cameras from Black Magic Design

  • Professional Sound Kit from RODE Microphones

  • Short courses at NIDA

  • Short courses at AFTRS

  • Headphones from Skullcandy

  • $ to spend on Afends clothing

Plus killer looking trophies and heaps more to be announced!

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