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Audience Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to the team behind Becoming Colleen: Finding the Shoe that Fits, taking out the SWIFF’19 Audience Award! And thank you to everyone who voted! Becoming Colleen follows Coffs Harbour local, Colleen Young, as she navigates a late-life gender transition at 82. Touching on aged care, community and the transgender experience, the film explores Colleen’s relationship with her family, …

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SWIFF 2020 New Partnerships Open

The 2020 Screenwave International Film Festival will be held between January 9th and the 24th in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen. Local, regional, and national organisations come together to jointly present approximately 90 feature film screenings, with added events, filmmaker guests, and SWIFF’s dedicated regional youth film development program – Nextwave.  Sponsorship opportunities are now open …

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SWIFF Staff Picks – Programmer Saige Browne’s top flicks of the festival

Hi there! As programs assistant, I work with our incredible artistic director, Kate Howat, pulling together program strands and other exciting events. Seeing the printed program come to life, after a year full of watching, note-taking and writing about films was pretty special, and I’m thrilled to be sharing such special stories with audiences in …

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SWIFF Staff Picks – Artistic Director Kate Howat’s unmissible films

After months and months of watching films, travelling to festivals here and overseas, viewing screeners in dark rooms, drinking several thermoses of coffee, my head spins in trying to pick just a few standouts. But, here goes… Minding The Gap One of my favourite films of 2018. More than just a celebration of skate boarding, …

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10 Things To Do At SWIFF ’19

SWIFF 2019 dishes up two full weeks of screen experiences for its fourth festival, screening over 60 different feature films from 20 countries, plus a big line-up of film industry guests, events, galas, film premieres, parties, and screen culture experiences. SWIFF’s 48-page printed program is in cafes, bars, pubs, and theatres throughout Northern NSW. It …

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