Locals launch international film festival
THE Coffs Coast is home to a new international film festival.
The Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) will run across Coffs Harbour and Bellingen from December 27 to January 28.
The festival will celebrate the best in world cinema, art house and independent films, local content, genre flicks and new Australian film titles.
SWIFF is the product of Screenwave founders and husband-and-wife-team Kate Howat and David Horsley, who moved back to Coffs Harbour 18 months ago to share their love of film with Kate's hometown.
She said the festival was developed for the Coffs Coast community by a small, local team.
"Many of the boutique films selected for the program will not receive widespread commercial distribution, so the only place to see them will be at the festival on the big screen," she said.
"Our inaugural program features films from Brazil, Iran, Germany, USA, Spain, China, UK, Australia, France, and Ukraine, to name a few.
"It's an exciting program and we can't wait to hear the community's response."
The festival's main program will screen in the Coffs Harbour's Jetty Memorial Theatre and Bellingen Memorial Hall and feature 38 films sessions, as well as two free outdoor cinema events.
For program and ticket information visit www.swiff.com.au.