Screenwave puts the world of film on a plate for Mid North Coast, News
Screenwave puts the world of film on a plate for Mid North Coast, News

Screenwave puts the world of film on a plate for Mid North Coast

The Coffs Coast’s flagship summer cultural event, Screenwave International Film Festival, is back for 2018 with its most progressive and comprehensive film program ever, as well as a pioneering public art project and industry networking hub.

The festival, which will run from 10 to 25 January 2018, includes program strands of World Cinema, Documentary, Australian Cinema, Call of The Surf, Women of Action, Hear Me Out (the LGBTQI program) and short films from young finalists unearthed by this year’s state-wide REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival.

It encompasses more than 70 films from over 20 countries, and is set to screen in nearly 90 sessions across Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, featuring high-profile industry guests, Q&As and social events.

In its commitment to delivering a holistic cultural experience far beyond the four walls of a cinema, Screenwave is again adding a comprehensive Industry Connect program, to which filmmakers at all stages of their career – from budding to veteran – are invited. The schedule includes workshops led by Tropfest winner and Palme d'Or nominee Jonathan Ogilvie of AFTRS as well as AFI award-winner Sasha Ettinger Epstein, winner of two AFI awards and the 2017 Sydney Film Festival Documentary Foundation Australia Award.

There are also opportunities for members of the local community to take part in the festival itself, whether through volunteering or as creatives.

The official program launch is on 15 December, accompanied by a screening of indie comedy That’s Not Me, featuring a twin role played by actor-screenwriter and former Coffs local Alice Foulcher. Foulcher will be joined by her director husband Gregory Erdstein for an audience Q&A film on the night at Coffs Harbour’s Jetty Memorial Theatre, the festival’s home.

In addition to the films program, there is an immersive art experience open to the entire community to enjoy. SWIFF Light Box will see moving-image artworks lighting up buildings and public spaces around Coffs Harbour, for the finale to the 2018 festival. The project, designed to be experienced as a walking trail of one connected story, is created by local artists and directed by award-winning collective Illuminart.

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