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 Howat Artistic Director
David Horsley Festival Director
Saige Browne Programs Assistant & Volunteers Coordinator
Stephanie Ney BDM & Events
Julie Toussaint Brand Manager
Ben Toussaint Digital Development Manager
Carlina Ericson Destination Marketing
Jay Black Festival Photographer
Denise Aitken Community Engagement
Bec Pakes Projectionist
Nathan Holding Projectionist


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 2019 to the community.


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 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.