Celebrating SWIFF

The Screenwave International Film Festival is taking place in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen at the moment, so get involved and watch some great films.

As the cost of metropolitan living rises, a new wave of artists and creatives are flocking to regional areas, which is great news for coastal communities who are able to experience a new wave of arts festivals, exhibitions, workshops and creative programs.

Husband and wife team Dave Horsley and Kate Howat are two metro expats who moved to Coffs Harbour four years ago, and now make film festivals for a living, including their flagship Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) every Summer.

Kate, SWIFF’s Artistic Director, brings much experience to the Festival having worked for the Brisbane International Film Festival and Australian Cinémathèque for The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

SWIFF has quickly established itself as one the most diverse feature film programs in regional Australia. SWIFF 2019 will screen over 50 different Australian and international films. Come January, Coffs Harbour will see an influx of film-lovers from across the country and overseas to connect with screen culture and to rub shoulders with Australian and international actors, directors and producers.

“Culture is driven by people in local communities. We hand pick films to create a unique program each year, but it is our regional audiences that enable arts festivals like ours to thrive. 2018 has been a phenomenal year for film and particularly Australian film so, we’ll be putting the best of them on the big screen for people to enjoy,” explains Festival Director, Dave Horsley.

Whether you’re heading into Coffs for a SWIFF daytrip or hitting full film festival mode for two weeks, it’s worth checking out the pristine beaches and nature trails in between film sessions. See you at SWIFF!

When: January 10-25, 2019
Where: Coffs Harbour Jetty Memorial Theatre and the Bellingen Memorial Hall.
Further Info: For tickets and a complete rundown of films and events visit www.swiff.com.au

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