SWIFF Create is proudly presented by Arts Mid North Coast and Create NSW Arts Restart
SWIFF Create offers new immersive, interactive and engaging events to those passionate about the creation of films – filmmakers and audiences alike.
This inaugural SWIFF Create program, presented by Arts Mid North Coast and Create NSW, sees filmmaker interviews recorded in front of live audiences, a Creative Industries Party, acting workshops from Actors Centre Australia, a Filmmaker Forum for local and travelling filmmakers, and a free accelerator workshop for young Nextwave finalists.
Whether you are honing your skills or just interested in what happens behind the lens, head along and check out SWIFF Create.
THU 22 APR · 4.30PM · CHEC BAR
SWIFF and Arts Mid North Coast welcome filmmakers and screen
industry workers for a 2-hour session about taking the Coffs Coast
film industry to the next level. Attendees will hear about the vision for
our future industry, aiming to set up Coffs Harbour as a destination
for largescale film productions into the future, and to make the Coffs
Harbour film industry infrastructure-ready.
With the newly formed Coffs Coast creative industries peak body,
Blacklight Collective, making film and screen development a major
priority for industry development, SWIFF and Arts Mid North Coast
invite all filmmakers, both local and travelling, to find out how they can
further build their businesses off the travelling film production trade.
Coffs Harbour already has one of the largest regional film industries
in Australia. Be part of the changing face and future of our growing
industry. Relaxed networking to follow session.
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ROLF DE HEER & MOLLY REYNOLDS
Complimentary food and drinks included with admission.
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PARTY
MON 26 APR · 4PM · ELEMENT BAR
Calling all creative industries workers: designers, dancers, actors, musicians, visual artists, writers, hair and
MUAs, new media specialists, VR/AR/XR creators, game designers – if you work in the creative industries,
this is for you!
A new event for SWIFF! Connect, eat, drink, and share as SWIFF welcomes creative industries artists, arts
workers, and arts appreciators for a networking shindig at Element Bar.
Attendees will get the low-down on the new creative industries peak body for Coffs Harbour, Blacklight
Collective, its vision and projects coming up, followed by light networking in a relaxed, bubbly environment.
Supported by Arts Mid North Coast, this event is about connecting the dots, bolstering our industry’s local profile, and forming new partnerships and collaborations.
As the Coffs Coast’s Creative Industries continues to grow from strength to strength, we invite local artists, arts workers, and arts appreciators to engage in the conversation about the future of arts & culture on the Coffs Coast, to bolster the opportunities to grow creative businesses, to collaborate on new ventures, and to
enhance the cultural fabric of the Coffs Coast community.
ACTORS CENTRE AUSTRALIA: PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS
Calling all actors! Sydney’s Actors Centre Australia are heading to SWIFF presenting three workshops, adding new tools to your performance toolbox – from beginner to pro.
With Hugh Jackman as their Patron, ACA is one of the lead institutions for dramatic performance in Australia. Pick your workshop and tune up your dramatic skills to learn from some of the best in the industry.
Workshops will be taught by experienced Actors Centre Australia coaches Troy Harrison and Pip Edwards.
FRI 23 APR · 12PM · O BLOCK THEATRE, CHEC
Over five hours, learn professional new tools and unique exercises to create exciting, three dimensional characters, and what it is to connect to a story and other actors.
With a scene partner, you will spend 30 minutes on the floor being directed and working on a scene that has been selected specifically for your group, learning from other pairs as they take the stage in turn. You will learn what it is to breakdown a scene from initial analysis to making choices and taking direction on the floor.
SAT 24 APR · 9AM · O BLOCK THEATRE, CHEC
Over two hours this session will focus on games and exercises that are the starting point for all actor training.
Fun, energetic and interactive each participant will begin to explore connection, focus, commitment and listening. It is these games and exercises that will create the beginning foundations every actor needs to grow.
ADULT OPEN CLASS
SAT 24 APR · 12PM · O BLOCK THEATRE, CHEC
Over two hours participants will experience the exercises students in our Bachelor of Performing Arts program explore in the first year of their degree.
It is a progression of the ideas and tools taught in drama classes around the world which create the structures that allow students to grow into professional actors.
Nextwave is SWIFF’s national program that develops, celebrates, and recognises the filmmaking talents of young regional Australians.
Beginning with the Nextwave Team teaching fundamental film skills virtually across Australia through the new Nextwave Online education portal, to young filmmakers producing original short films and entering them into the Nextwave competition – the program also culminates in the Nextwave Youth Film Awards – a gala event screening an awards night, celebrating new and exciting works from regional Australia’s most outstanding young filmmakers.
SAT 17 APR · 10AM· O BLOCK THEATRE, CHEC
Finalists of SWIFF’s Nextwave 2020 short film competition will learn from Mirco Guidon, winner of SWIFF’s inaugural Nextwave competition and now an
established, award-winning filmmaker, delivering to a dedicated 2-hour workshop proudly supported by Southern Cross University.
Now working out of Sydney, Mirco has produced multiple award-winning short films, works full-time in the industry, and before COVID, headed up a 39-country
tour around the world filming and directing the commercial campaign for a global brand.
Learn the skills and opportunities to take your filmmaking to the next level.
NEXTWAVE YOUTH FILM AWARDS
SAT 18 APR · 13.30PM FOR 4PM · C.EX COFFS
Australia’s largest regional youth film celebration is at home again on
the Coffs Coast! One of the most highly attended events at SWIFF, the
Nextwave Youth Film Awards showcases, recognises, and awards young
regional filmmakers from across the country.
This year saw the most diverse range of films entered into the competition and on the night we will see all the finalists’ short films and
announce the winners.
Walk the red carpet, snap a pic with the festival photographer, and enjoy a live musical performance as part of the family friendly event. Hosted at C.ex Coffs, food
and drinks will be available for purchase prior to the event. Enjoy free popcorn on arrival!
Hosted at the CHEC Gathering Space, ABC Coffs Coast sits down for a coffee to hear about the lives of Australian filmmakers – and the stories that usually stay on set – in a series of 1-hour interviews recorded in front of a live audience.
Announcing the first SWIFF Talks guest – Timothy White – veteran Australian producer, most recently working on Roderick Mackay’s The Furnace. Tim has also produced films and television shows such as I am Mother (2019), The Luminaries (2020), and Australian classic Cosi (1996).
Watch this space – we’ll be announcing more SWIFF Talks special guests and times soon.