SWIFF 2019 10 -25 January


The 4th Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) begins on 10th January, bringing the most expansive feature film program across Regional Australia to the Coffs Coast.  Over 60 features films have been programmed for SWIFF’s fourth festival by Artistic Director Kate Howat, including four Australian premieres, five NSW premieres, and Coffs Harbour’s first ever World Premiere (Becoming Colleen). Half of all features programmed are directed by women.

The festival kicks off with art film collective Soda_Jerk in town from New York to present their highly controversial Aussie film mash-up “un-writing Australian mythology”, Terror Nullius.

The SWIFF Live program returns with bluegrass band The Mid-North performing a live accompanying soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ sepia-toned masterpiece O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Over $40,000 in prizes will be awarded to schools and young filmmakers with SWIFF’s Nextwave youth development program, screening the 20 best shorts produced by young regional NSW filmmakers in 2018 (Jan 18, C.ex Coffs).

SWIFF will host the Australian premiere of Tony Harrington’s epic new big wave surf doco, Emocean, headlining the Call of the Surf program.

A line-up of skate films include Crystal Moselle’s (director, The Wolfpack, SWIFF 2017) all-girl NYC skate posse in Skate Kitchen, and edge-gripping skate fest about young men and mental health called Minding The Gap.

Australian films are out in force with SWIFF doubling the amount of homegrown productions to 14 films this year, including audience favourite Backtrack Boys, controversial painter Adam Cullen fiction biopic Acute Misfortune, and exciting first-feature director Ted Wilson’s documentary-fiction hybrid Under The Cover of Cloud, among the 14-film Aussie line-up.

For the complete line-up of premieres, galas, festival guests, Q&A sessions, and films, visit

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