Competition rules

For your film to be eligible to enter Nextwave Youth Film Festival, there are a few rules to enter.

1. Your film has to be under 6 minutes duration, including intro and credits. No exceptions.

2. You must be aged between 10-25 years in order to be eligible.

2. Include the theme of “DISCOVERY” into your film. It can be as literal or abstract as you like.

3. Your film is to include Nextwave signature item for 2019 – “GAME”.

4. If you are using another person’s music in your film, please make sure you have their permission to do so. If you do not have an artists’ permission or have not made your own music or sourced copyright free material, your film will not be eligible for the competition.

5. The festival is open to film-makers from regional Australia only. Sorry, we cannot accept entries from metropolitan areas.

6. Creativity, originality and story-telling will be more highly considered in judging than production value – you don’t need a flashy camera to make a great, captivating short film (although it does need to be shot in HD for screening purposes). It’s your story and how you tell it that counts.

7. Your film is to be rated G or PG. This means no over-the-top violence, drugs, swearing or sexual content. If your film cannot be shown at a public screening for families then your film may not be eligible. Nextwave Youth Film Festival reserves the right to not include any films that contradict this rule. If in doubt, ask us on the Screenwave International Film Festival  Facebook page.

8. All keys roles (eg, Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Actor) MUST be aged between 10-25 in order to be eligible.

8. For your film to be eligible you will need to officially enter it by filling out the Entry Form and by submitting your film to the festival before Monday 23 September, 2019 at 11:59pm.

9. This festival is about giving new films an audience, therefore your film must have finished principal photography after January 1st, 2019.

More information on prizes coming soon!

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