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, and the newest films Australia has to offer.
The festival also has a long list of events planned and Festival Guest filmmakers confirmed to travel to the region to engage with Coffs Coast audiences about the feature films they’ve acted in, written, produced, and directed.
SWIFF enters its second year in 2017, having attracted over 3000 people into theatres for its inaugural 2016 festival to discover world cinema from more than a dozen countries around the world.
“Our aim with SWIFF 2017 is to create something iconically Coffs Coast, something synonymous with who we are as a community, and something that will help continue to put Coffs Coast on the map as one of the most liveable areas of regional NSW” explains Festival Director Dave Horsley.
Screenwave is a small team, comprised of film enthusiast husband-wife team Kate Howat (Screenwave Artistic Director) and Dave Horsley. The couple have a background in film production and have established a number of programs 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 www.swiff.com.au.
The full program is available December 1st for film lovers to discover the biggest and brightest in world cinema.