Festival Team

Starting with our love of film, and its ability to connect us as a community, we curate a program of new films and events that challenge us and provoke discussion. We endeavour to create something beautiful that inspires the community to support its growth into the future as a major festival for the Coffs Coast region.


Kate HowatSWIFF Co-Director
David HorsleySWIFF Co-Director
Saige BrownePrograms Assistant & Volunteers Coordinator
Stephanie SimsEvents, Sponsors and Guests Coordinator
Julie ToussaintDesigner & Brand Manager
Ben ToussaintDigital Development Manager
Denise Aitken (Creative Social Solutions)Destination and Digital Marketing
Jay Black (and the Trees Photography)Festival Photographer and Cover Art Image
Eric Krieger & Denise AitkenAccommodation Alliance Project
Giordan PakesJMT Box Office

Any Entertainment

Di Curran & Ros Ward

Scott Collins (NoiseLab)

Festival Trailer Vocals

Cover Art Talent

Program distribution

Production services, Projection and AV

Bellingen Box Office

Festival Trailer Composition, Recording & Production

Christo Gulpilil and Michelle Der Kinderen

Tara Lynch

Justin Brow (60Sox)



SWIFF is made possible by the many hands of volunteers from around the Coffs Coast and further afield. Without them, the festival would not be possible. Our sincere thanks to all for lending a hand to bring SWIFF 2020 to the community, all for the love of film.


Thank you to our audiences for helping to build up a film and screen culture scene on the Coffs Coast. It takes not only filmmakers and exhibitors, but a dedicated and passionate audience to make a film festival come to life.


The SWIFF’20 team would also like to make a special acknowledgement to the hard work and efforts of our Rural Fire Service and their tireless hours spent saving people and property, fighting the November 2019 NSW Bushfires. Thank you.


The Screenwave International Film Festival would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which the festival operates, the people of the Gumbaynggirr Nation, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.

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