Jack Thompson’s back as SWIFF Festival Patron

The Screenwave International Film Festival announces today that veteran Australian screen icon Jack Thompson OAM will be returning as SWIFF’s Festival Patron, continuing to take the Coffs Harbour film and multi-arts festival to the next stage in its journey at SWIFF’22 (Apr 21 to May 6).

“I am proud to be the 2022 Screenwave International Film Festival’s Festival Patron and honoured to welcome audiences far and wide to the Coffs Coast’s celebration of the filmmaking process and the cinema experience. Our stories are vital – the sum of who we are – and worth celebrating,” said Jack Thompson.

SWIFF has been growing rapidly since founding in 2015, attracting over 11,000 festivalgoers to its 2021 festival this year, attending over 120 feature film screenings and events.

With a widespread decentralisation happening across Australia, a largescale film festival appearing in a regional hub like Coffs Harbour was inevitable. Now, with a new wave of metro residents moving to regional areas, organisers are embracing the change and the next stage in the festival’s growth with the introduction of live music and installation art coming to the festival at its new STORYLAND event.

“It’s an absolute joy having Jack back as the Festival Patron for SWIFF’22. Jack has continually progressed our industry as a statesman for 50 years – and he’s just a really great bloke. Kate and I are still star struck every time we catch up,” said SWIFF Festival Co-Director Dave Horsley. 

SWIFF’22 will run for 16 days from April 21 to May 6, including 120 film screenings, events, performances, parties, and industry sessions, along with the inaugural live music and multi-arts event STORYLAND headlined by Courtney Barnett and Hiatus Kaiyote.

The full festival line-up will be announced in March on www.swiff.com.au, with SWIFF Presale Passes and STORYLAND tickets now on sale.

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