Film festival director, mental health advocate
In 2014, Dave and his wife Kate moved from Brisbane to Coffs Harbour to follow their dream and establish Screenwave – an organisation that connects people through film. Soon after they moved into the community, Screenwave partnered with Headspace Coffs Harbour to start the REC Ya Shorts Youth Film Festival. Designed to destigmatise mental health support services and develop regional filmmakers, it includes free in-school filmmaking workshops, a short film competition and a screening tour. It also offers development pathways, connecting workshop attendees with film courses and industry contacts at screenings. This grant will help Dave grow the youth festival throughout New South Wales and, eventually, share the workshop program online.