Rivers College students learn filmmaking skills to tell their own stories

Published 11 September 2020
Rivers College Kadina students learn Nextwave Online filmmaking Poppy, Hayley and Montana, all Year 10 students at Rivers College Kadina, experiment with filmmaking equipment.

A select group of regional Australian schools is first in line for free access to the filmmaking course Nextwave Online, thanks to Southern Cross University and Screenwave International Film Festival.

Nextwave Online is a new national film education program, delivered remotely online for students and teachers to host in classrooms or from home. Teachers receive companion guides to teach the modular video episodes, which include 10 x 20-minute episodes. The episodes comprehensively teach introductory filmmaking, with additional free resources and activities available.

With their newfound filmmaking skills, young regional Australians aged 10-25 can make short films and enter them into the Nextwave competition, with the finalists screened at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards at SWIFF in Coffs Harbour, before being screened all across Australia for Youth Week each year.

The Rivers Secondary College’s three campuses – Kadina, Lismore and Richmond River – are some of the first secondary schools to participate.

David Horsley, Founder and Director of the Screenwave International Film Festival and Nextwave Online, and Associate Professor Grayson Cooke, media artist and Director of Research School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, visited Rivers' Kadina campus to share some filmmaking tips with the students.

“It is exciting that College students in the Creative and Performing Arts will have an opportunity to participate in this program,” Executive Principal Ian Davies said.

Learn more about Nextwave Online.

Media contact: Sharlene King 0429 661 349 or scumedia@scu.edu.au