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Over 3000 turn out for Screenwave International Film Festival

Over the 2015/2016 Summer, Coffs Coast-based film and screen culture organization Screenwave launched its largest film festival project to date, Screenwave International Film Festival. Over 3000 attendees took part in the festivities, visiting indoor and outdoor cinema events across Coffs Harbour and Bellingen. “SWIFF” held over 40 film sessions, covering films from 15 countries, including a number of new Australia feature films, as well as a number of free film sessions for audiences to attend.

“Our aim going into this festival was to put film and screen culture first, connecting local audiences through world cinema, and the response from the community has been overwhelming,” explains Screenwave Artistic Director, Kate Howat.

Throughout the five week festival, five Australian filmmakers and producers traveled to the Coffs Coast to be part of the festivities, introducing their films, participating in Q&A sessions, and connecting with their audiences. Guests included Maya Newell whose hit documentary Gayby Baby was screened with free admission in both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen.

“The festival experience connects people in the community with ideas and cultures from across the globe. Throughout the festival, Screenwave offered five free film sessions to make the festival experience accessible to everyone,” explains Screenwave Managing Director David Horsley.

Screenwave is a film and screen culture organisation developing a number of film festivals, youth film workshop programs, and regular film exhibition programs on the Coffs Coast of NSW. For more on Screenwave’s other programs visit