Catch next wave of young regional filmmakers

To celebrate Youth Week, 20 of the best short films made by young regional Australian filmmakers will screen at The Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre on Thursday 6 May 2021 from 6:30pm, as part of the Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival.

A program of Coffs Harbour’s Screenwave International Film Festival, the Nextwave regional youth film program is Australia’s largest regional youth short film competition open to all young creatives aged from 10 to 25, living outside of a metropolitan area.

“Each year young filmmakers submit creative short films ranging from comedies, dramas, thrillers and personal essays, created by a team of passionate storytellers,” Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator Talie Teakle said.

“With more than $40,000 in prizes up for grabs each year, Nextwave recognises acting, editing, cinematography and everything else that helps to build an amazing short film.”

In 2020, the sixth year of the competition, filmmakers expressed their creativity throughout changing restrictions in response to COVID-19, to make unique short films.

Come along and see the 23 finalists and winners on the big screen as part of Youth Week and support the next wave of young regional filmmakers.

– Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre Coordinator Talie Teakle

“As part of the festival film screening we will be announcing the theme for the 2021 competition and giving out information on how to be involved.”

The Riddoch will also deliver a series of workshops and tips for youth throughout the competition to help develop their film making skills, as part of the in-house Media Studio programming.

Riddoch Art Gallery Director Dr Melentie Pandilovski welcomed the initiative and hopes to see it become a staple on the centre’s annual program.

“I am sure that it will increase interest in youth film, and also boost youth film production in the Limestone Coast which will assist with growing the bi-annual International Limestone Coast Video Art Festival,” Dr Pandilovski said.

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