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 Programs & Volunteers Coordinator
Giordan Pakes SWIFF Box Office & Ticketing Coordinator
Denise Aitken Destination and Digital Marketing
Mia Golding Sponsor & Guest Liaison
Alycia Stanley Event Coordinator
Jay Black (and the Trees Photography) Festival Photographer and Cover Art Image
Scott Collins Festival Trailer Composition
Peter Papandrea CHEC Site Manager
Inspired Audio Visual Production services
Di Curran & Ros Ward JMT & CHEC Box Office
Alyson Pearson SWIFF’21 Front Cover Artist
Tigist Teressa Cover Art Talent
Rachael Hetherington Volunteers Coordinator & CHEC Bar Manager


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’21 to the community, all for the love of film.


Thank you to our audiences. By attending, promoting, talking about, buying tickets to, advocating for, sharing, and championing SWIFF, you are building film and screen culture on the Coffs Coast. It takes a whole community to make a film festival come to life. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who gave their patronage and connected with SWIFF’21. 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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