SWIFF Lightbox

SWIFF Light Box begins Friday January 19 across all 4 sites every night simultaneously until Jan 25, from sundown til late!

Join us at South Coffs Island (Quarry) site for opening night on Friday January 19 from 8.15pm. Enjoy a drink at the SWIFF Pop Up Bar, plus food and live entertainment…every night until January 25.

Site 1. Jetty Memorial Theatre light tower (337 Harbour Drive, Coffs)

Site 2. Forestry Corporation Building (357 Harbour Drive, Coffs)

Site 3. Element Bar – SWIFF Festival Hub – (380 Harbour Drive, Coffs)

Site 4. South Coffs Island (The Quarry) – Jordan Esplanade

From 19 – 25 January 2018, Coffs Harbour will be painted in projected light with the new SWIFF Light Box project beaming moving image artworks on to spaces around the Jetty precinct. Thanks to a new partnership with Festivals Australia, the Screenwave International Film Festival presents the new SWIFF Light Box project as a free and accessible outdoor exhibition for festivalgoers, locals, and visitors to the region. Projections start nightly from 8:30pm til late.


SWIFF Light Box Director

David is a passionate advocate for film and creative industries, having founded Screenwave with Kate Howat in 2014. Recognised for his work with youth in the annual [REC] Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival, Dave was selected as a 2017 AMP Tomorrow Maker for his vision to discover and develop the next generation of filmmakers from regional NSW. SWIFF Light Box is the brainchild of SWIFF Festival Director Dave Horsley and Coffs Harbour City Council’s Community Venues Team Leader David Brammah. The project began as a way to bring Coffs Harbour’s film festivities out of the theatres and into the community as a celebration of moving image artworks and artists. Dave Horsley project managed the SWIFF Light Box project with the aim of bringing a new innovative screen experience to the Coffs Coast.


Creative Director

Cindi is an Australian multimedia artist and director, who pioneered the artform of painting with light and projection mapping in the 1990s and over 20 years has created hundreds digital media art works, from large scale architectural projections to interactive projection sculptures. Cindi is drawn to developments that incorporate contemporary arts practice such as community engagement and strategic research partnerships, that ensure participation and a legacy beyond the spectacle. Cindi is also founder and creative director of the Ruby award-winning company illuminart, providing artistic and technical guidance in the large scale  rojection artform to artists and organisations around the country.


Production Manager

Tony has extensive experience in community arts and as a filmmaker (producer, Rise of the Eco Warrior). He has been the Production Manager for the Tropical Fruits LGBTQI festival in Lismore for over five years, and been working closely with the event for a decade. His skill set  in project management, rigging, OH&S, event management, and has brought a valuable network of contacts and years of experience to all the behind-the-scenes operations of SWIFF Light Box.



SNARL aka Nozzlefinger has been spray painting in the streets for 22 years since his initial spate of teenage trauma on the corridors of Sydney city. He now spends his time travelling the world as a full time artist engaging with different artists and communities on large-scale mural projects.


Diane James, has a BA in Visual Arts from SCU (contemporary), and a TAFE Multimedia Cert4. She produces video projections to inspire the imagination and fire the creative spirit. Live imagery is driven by contemporary aesthetics of appropriation and deconstruction using found, filmed and fragments of visual artwork to create juxtapositions to challenge the senses and create extraordinary experiences of the most positive kind.


John has been a practicing visual artist since his first exhibition of paintings in 1987. In recent years he has been specialising in Sand Art performance, both in Australia and overseas. This art form involves creating pictures in sand on a light-box. The images combine to tell stories and are projected onto a screen. For the SWIFF Lightbox Project John has created new sand paintings that respond to and enrich public spaces that they are projected on to. He is working in collaboration with other local artists.


Brentyn Lugnan, a proud Gumbaynggirr man from Urunga, is an experienced artist, having attended the Sydney College of Fine Arts, TAFE, and EORA Centre in Sydney. He has worked as a Graphic Designer for television with SBS, an animator on “The Dreaming Series” at Aboriginal Nations for the ABC and was co-founder of Bruz Design, clothing and graphics. A featured artist in the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Art Book and now working with the National Aboriginal Design Agency, a social enterprise of Saltwater Freshwater; his designs appear in rugs and ecoustic screens in the new Westpac building at Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and in the new Coffs Courthouse throughout the foyer.


Alison is a proud Gumbaynggirr artist and spokesperson for cultural heritage of Australian indigenous persons. She has been involved in education and communication of culture from dance, sculpture and painting as well as community leadership involvement.

Alison states “I love art of all forms and mediums and I love how effectively it communicates.  I am inspired by my identity, heritage and people.  I tell my story and the story of my dreaming as taught to me by my Elders.  I am also inspired by various states of ignorance whether its in politics, environmental or social issues.  I love how art can slap you in the face or evoke strong emotional responses.”


As important as the artworks in this project are the team that beam them on to outdoor surfaces. A lot goes on behind the scenes, and SWIFF Light Box has the best local production crew on the job.


The team at Any Entertainment are known all around the region for their community work and their passion for producing incredible audio visual productions. For SWIFF Light Box, Any Entertainment work with the creative team to projection map the moving image artworks on to the architecture at each individual site.


Known for their work in the community, Kennards Hire Coffs Harbour provide all of the equipment that make the SWIFF Light Box project hum. Flood lights, fencing, amenities – a lot of gear and a lot of know-how.





337 Harbour Dr,
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
(02) 6648 4930


357 Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour Jetty,
NSW 2450


380 Harbour Dr
Coffs Harbour Jetty
NSW 2450
(02) 6651 6655

SWIFF 2018 map