SWIFF ’20 Launching Beachside This Summer

October 31, 2019

A new major film festival is emerging on the Australian festival circuit – and it’s not in a capital city.
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SWIFF ’20 Launching Beachside This Summer

A new major film festival is emerging on the Australian festival circuit – and it’s not in a capital city.

The annual Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), held in coastal Coffs Harbour and bohemian Bellingen, sees Festival Director husband-and-wife team Kate Howat and Dave Horsley taking the complexity out of film festivals and going back to what they love – watching movies with strangers.

SWIFF’s focus is on feature films. The regional town presents a massive 16-day festival line-up, showcasing over 70 different feature films across 100 sessions, canvassing 20 countries. The festival premieres many films, and includes its annual Australian Cinema, World Cinema, and Documentary programs, along with new programs announced for 2020: Ireland Calling and Let’s Talk About Sects.

The festival is seeing a staggering 35% annual growth every year, with audiences flocking from all corners of Australia to see this new summer film festival by the beach.

For the SWIFF ’20 program, SWIFF will present a live screen art performance by Melbourne-based musician and screen artist Alon Ilsar. Along with a team from UTS, Alon has retro-engineered video game controllers to visualise his music live in front of an audience, seemingly bending colour and shape out of thin air, projected on to a translucent screen that separates Alon from the audience.

SWIFF is also home to regional Australia’s largest youth film development program, Nextwave. The 2019 Nextwave program saw the SWIFF team teach filmmaking and mental health education to over 1400 regional students in 72 regional NSW schools, in partnership with Wagga Wagga’s Mayfly Media and Port Macquarie’s Got Ya Back Productions.

The Nextwave program culminates in the annual Nextwave Youth Film Awards Gala night during SWIFF, awarding over $40,000 in filmmaking equipment to the next generation of regional Australian filmmakers.

The full line-up of films, special events, and festival guests will be live on December 9th at www.swiff.com.au.

SWIFF’s second round of presale pricing finishes on the same date. If you are travelling from outside of the Coffs Coast, it’s recommended to book accommodation and film passes early.

SWIFF will be hosted on the Coffs Coast from January 9th to the 24th.