Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF)
Thursday 20 April 2023 to Friday 05 May 2023
For 16 days and nights, the Coffs Coast will come alive with film and cinema experiences for at the annual Screenwave International Film Festival, packing into theatres at over 130 events.
Audiences travel from all corners of Australia to dive deep into film screenings, filmmaker Q&As, live music, industry events, live soundtracks, and plenty more.
SWIFF has events take place in both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen (with a newly $8m-upgraded Bellingen Memorial Hall), right on the doorstep of beaches and mountains from the pristine coastline to the Great Dividing Range.
Now one of the largest film festival's in regional Australia with over 70 feature films programmed from countries around the world each year, SWIFF is a movie-lovers' festival, rolling with the laid back nature of our coastal township.
Many events and screenings sell out quickly. SWIFF Film Passes are currently on sale, with the full film program line-up is released in March 11 at www.swiff.com.au.
A quiet space is available at the venue/ facility
Allows a person's carer free entry into participating venues and events
Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss
Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person
Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
Employ people with disability
Have a hearing loop
Have a low noise reception areas with hearing loss friendly acoustics and adequate lighting for viewing facial expressions (includes common areas which are free of background noise, background music)
Have a step free main entrance to the building and/or reception area (includes ramps or slopes with a maximum gradient of 1:14, otherwise are too steep for wheelchairs)
Have accessible seating areas in theatrette
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have an appropriate area for toileting an assistance dog
Have at least one wheelchair accessible parking space with wheelchair accessible signage clearly displayed (International standards are 3200mm wide x 2500 mm high)
Have doorways which are easy to open and have lever handles (doorways 850mm or wider when open and not heavy)
Have Exit signs which are visible at a ground level (high level signs are difficult to see in a fire)
Have grab rails in the bathroom
Have handrails on all your stairways
Have step free access to restaurant, lounge and bar
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Offer a range of contact methods for receiving complaints
Offer multiple options for booking - web, email, phone
Provide digital communication materials (hard copy information is also available on line)
Provide information in large print
Provide seating in common areas including reception area
Train your staff in communicating with people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Train your staff in communicating with people with learning or behavioural challenges
Train your staff in disability awareness
Use floors/coverings which are slip resistant, firm and smooth
Use non-slip tiles in the bathroom or slip resistant matting
Use Plain English / easy read signage and information (includes menus and emergency information)
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)