SWIFF ’21 – What we know

Each year the Screenwave International Film Festival is full of surprises, with details on film selections, guests and performances released in the lead-up to the SWIFF, which last year became the most highly attended film festival in Regional NSW. Here’s what we know so far about SWIFF’21.

It’s an Autumn Festival
SWIFF has confirmed a new Autumn timeslot, with the festival running across 16-days, from the 14th to the 29th of April. Presented again by Sawtell custom furniture company Ashton Designs, SWIFF ’21 will include a record number of film screenings, with a full line-up of feature films, festival guests, workshops, and special events announced closer to the festival at the SWIFF ’21 Preview Gala.

According to festival organisers Kate Howat and Dave Horsley, the new dates will allow for some breathing room, with COVID restrictions continuing to ease, ensuring that SWIFF ’21 will be the same pulsing, packed (and safe) deep dive into cinema from filmmakers around the world. With 2020 being the year that it is, there will be some interesting stories to tell.

New Venue Added: CHEC
SWIFF expands to the Coffs Harbour Education Campus this year, only a short drive from the Jetty Theatre in Coffs. Screenings will take place in the newly renovated 350-capacity theatre, while a new event space on campus offers exciting opportunities for guests and live entertainment. The new SWIFF venue will also include a beer garden for pre-and-post-film debriefs, plus host exciting filmmaker talks and workshops on site.

The new venue offering for festivalgoers is supported by CHEC’s three partner organisations – Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Secondary College, and TAFE NSW.

Pre-Sale Pass Prices Change 1st Feb
1st Release Film Passes are currently on sale until the 31st of January. If you are coming to the festival, now is the best time to buy your passes and save – because during the festival, you will probably find yourself buying another, and then another, and then another. If you know you’re SWIFF-bound next April, grab your passes now and save a bundle. You can also buy a special someone a SWIFF Gift Voucher to redeem for any number of SWIFF screenings and events.

Preview Gala Film Announced
SWIFF’s Preview Gala for festival partners and punters will take place on Friday the 5th of March at the Jetty Theatre in Coffs Harbour. On the night, the full festival line-up gets revealed, along with drinks and canapés on arrival, plus a screening of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s (THE COMMUNE, THE HUNT) new intoxicating comedy-drama, ANOTHER ROUND.

The film features Danish superstar Mads Mikkelsen (CASINO ROYALE, HANNIBAL), in a career best performance, for a darkly comic experiment that puts Denmark’s drinking culture under the microscope. Limited tickets. Sells out every year. If you want to celebrate the launch of the line-up and get the first look, grab your tickets fast.

SWIFF returning to Bello in 2022

At the time SWIFF 2021 will be running, Bellingen Memorial Hall will be undergoing significant renovations as part of the $5.5m upgrades to re-imagine and renovate the space, which means that Mem Hall will not be available for SWIFF’21. The good news is that SWIFF will definitely be back in Mem Hall for SWIFF 2022 in a new, restored, renovated, and beautiful new theatre. Bellingen SWIFF  fans are encouraged to head to either the Jetty Theatre and CHEC to get in on the film festivities and support the festival during its Bello break.

Volunteer Applications Closing Soon
A festival like SWIFF is a combined effort from people across the community. Dozens of volunteers from the  community become the face of SWIFF each year. If you’d like to chip in with your time, see a bunch of amazing films, snag a SWIFF’21 tee, and fly the SWIFF flag on the volunteer crew next April, sign up through the SWIFF website.

For all festival & ticketing info, visit: www.swiff.com.au