Learn the essentials of filmmaking at Nextwave Online (1:27)

David Horsley: Festival Director.

Swiff has partnered with a Southern Cross University to create a new program called film for the future, which provides free film education access to schools all around regional new south wales basically taking the opportunity that technology provides us these days because filmmaking technology is in everybody's hands but it's about giving them the skills on how to tell story and how to, how to basically become a filmmaker.

And not necessarily just for the arts but across all disciplines and science and health and agriculture and things that mean that that are important to to regional Australian communities.

Associate Professor Grayson Cooke: Southern Cross University Lecturer and media artist.

So Southern Cross University is a sponsor and partner of the next wave filmmaking initiative. I'm really happy that we've been able to partner on this.

I think it's really essential that students especially students in regional areas get this kind of digital literacy training.

And what's really exciting is that you know they'll be doing filmmaking within this program we run a digital media degree where we teach skills in filmmaking as well as design and journalism and what have you.

And when you learn to become a filmmaker you learn to become a storyteller and once you can tell stories you can tell them across a whole bunch of media whether you want to be a you know a photographer photojournalist news writer or a filmmaker.

And so these fundamental skills and digital literacy are actually really transferable across a whole range of areas in the media industry.

And that's why I think it's really exciting that we're able to partner on this project.