BEST FILM: New Australian movie Putuparri and the Rainmakers will take centre stage at the opening night of the Screenwave Film Festival on December 27.
BEST FILM: New Australian movie Putuparri and the Rainmakers will take centre stage at the opening night of the Screenwave Film Festival on December 27.

Film showcase to thrill viewers

THE inaugural Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) will feature 38 film sessions and two free outdoor film cinema events.

Plus five Australian filmmakers are flying in from around the country to showcase their films and connect with local audiences.

With a program running from December 27 to January 28, Screenwave will celebrate the best in world cinema, art house and independent films, Coffs Coast local content, genre flicks and Australian film titles.

Artistic director Kate Howat said: "Screenwave International Film Festival is developed for the Coffs Coast community, curated and produced by a local team with a program that features films from Brazil, Iran, Germany, USA, Spain, China, UK, Australia, France and Ukraine, to name a few."

The wide-ranging SWIFF program will run across both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen.

Co-organiser David Horsley said the program for the opening night would be one film-lovers wouldn't forget.

"Our opening night gala presents the new Australian film Putuparri and the Rainmakers, awarded best film at 2015 CinéfestOz," Mr Horsley said.

"Putuparri spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom 'Putuparri' Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive.

"The film's director Nicole Ma is a guest for opening night and an audience Q&A session after the film."



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