Four days into the 2021 festival, the Coffs Coast’s Screenwave International Film Festival has broken its previous ticket sales record, with film lovers flocking from across Australia to attend to this year’s 16-day line-up of screenings and events.
SWIFF’21, presented by Ashton Designs, is in its sixth year, last year attracting nearly 10,000 paying ticketholders heading into the festival to sample the best in new world cinema, independent films, quirky cinema gems, compelling documentaries, big wave surf movies, filmmaker talks, and live music events.
SWIFF audiences have been growing by between 35% to 40% a year since the festival started. The interruption of COVID seems to have only whet the appetite to get back into the cinema for this year’s festival.
In a year when many festivals have closed doors and postponed dates, SWIFF attributes the growth and record numbers to a combination of the festival maturing, the increased availability to new movie lovers through the acceptance of NSW Dine & Discover vouchers, along with the management of COVID in Australia, which has made the festival possible at all.
This year the festival’s line-up is offering over 120 different sessions at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus and the Jetty Memorial Theatre.
“We are thrilled that our growing festival community is picking up on the programming and getting into the festival atmosphere,” said Festival Co-Director Dave Horsley. “The expansion to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus has proved to be a good move, as many sessions are now starting to sell out.”
For the festival program and tickets, visit www.swiff.com.au.