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 SWIFF Co-Director
David Horsley SWIFF Co-Director
Julie Toussaint Designer & Brand Manager
Ben Toussaint Digital Development Manager
Saige Browne Program, Volunteers, & Content Coordinator
Giordan Pakes  Ticketing & Sponsor Coordinator
Alycia Stanley Operations & Events Manager
Stephanie Sims Community Engagement
Katherine Walgrave Guests Coordinator
Jay Black (and the Trees Photography) Festival Photographer
Scott Collins Festival Trailer Composition
Phil Nicholas BMH Venue Manager
Peter Papandrea CHEC Site Manager
 Inspired Audio Visual Technical Production Services


SWIFF is made possible by the many hands of wonderful volunteers from around the Coffs Coast and beyond. Without them, the festival would not be possible. Our sincere thanks to all for lending a hand to bring SWIFF’23 to the community, all for the love of the arts.


Thank you to our audiences. By attending, promoting, talking about, buying tickets to, advocating for, sharing, and championing SWIFF, you are building film and arts culture on the Coffs Coast. It takes a whole community to make a festival come to life. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who gave their patronage and connected with SWIFF’23. You’ve played a vital role in helping make SWIFF a one-of-a-kind festival.


The Screenwave International Film Festival would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the festival takes place, the people of the Gumbaynggirr Nation. We pay our respects to the original storytellers of this land and honour the Elders past, present, and emerging.

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