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Screenwave | Film Festival Returning to Coffs Coast

The Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), Coffs Coast’s heart of film and screen culture, returns to Coffs Harbour and Bellingen running from January 4 – 28. With nearly 70 film sessions curated for the 2017 program, there will be something for everyone from gripping dramas, to compelling documentaries, incredible comedies, independent titles, homegrown Australian films, and a diverse range of cinema from countries around the world.

The festival also has a long list of events planned and Festival Guest filmmakers confirmed to be part of the festival. Actors, writers, cinematographers, producers, and directors are all flying into the region to introduce their films, participate in Q&A sessions, and engage with local audiences.

SWIFF enters its second year in 2017, having attracted over 3000 people into theatres for its inaugural 2016 festival.

“Our aim with SWIFF 2017 is to create something that feels like the Coffs Coast, something synonymous with who we are as a community, and something that the people who live in our beautiful region are proud of,” explains Festival Director Dave Horsley.

Screenwave is a small team, comprised of film enthusiast husband-wife duo Kate Howat (Screenwave Artistic Director) and Dave Horsley. The couple have a background in film production and have established a number of other film programs and festivals aimed at developing film and screen culture on the Coffs Coast, including the popular Cinematinee program at the Jetty Memorial Theatre, REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Screenwave Pop-up Cinema and a few others.

Opening Night event tickets are now on sale for the new Iranian documentary “Sonita”, available through The full program is available 1 December for film lovers to discover the biggest and brightest in world cinema.