Coffs Coast Film Festival Scene Reignites
Over the past 18 months, Screenwave, a new not-for-profit screen culture organisation, launched in Coffs Harbour, has been developing a number of new exhibition programs across the Coffs Coast region aiming to develop audiences and engage communities with film.
Launching mid-December, Screenwave International Film Festival will be holding its inaugural program of world cinema, arthouse, and independent titles, along with satellite events, filmmakers Q&As, and free community outdoor screenings. Screenings will be held at Jetty Memorial Theatre in Coffs Harbour (Thursdays) and Bellingen Memorial Hall (Sundays) between December 27th 2015 and January 28th 2016. The full program will be announced in late November. To keep up to date and support this new festival, sign up to the Screenwave e-newsletter.
On December 2nd, Screenwave will also be bringing Access All Areas Film Festival in Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Memorial Theatre for the first time. The one-day program will include a live sand painting performance on the big screen by artist John Thiering, and will feature a selection of acclaimed shorts films curated by The Festivalists. Access All Areas Film Festival is a national program celebrating social inclusion for people with and without disability in fully accessible theatres.
In the last 12 months, Screenwave has also launched REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival and Call of the Surf Film Festival, along with regular screening programs Sunday At The Pictures in Bellingen and Cinematinee in Coffs Harbour. Artistic Director Kate Howat has previously curated film programs for the Brisbane International Film Festival and worked with Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art Cinematheque.