Ignite MNC – Interview – Dave Horsley


In our first interview of speakers and presenters that will be attending Ignite MNC 2018 we feature Dave Horsley of Screenwave.

On 7 November Dave will be speaking at Ignite MNC in Bellingen. The event will bring together creative thinkers and inspired innovators from within the Mid North Coast region and beyond to talk about transformation by design.

If you live in the Mid North Coast or have ever considered relocating to the region be sure to come along, tickets are available via this link –

Where did you grow up?

I’m a metro expat from Brisbane.

Given the choice between living in the city or country which would you choose and why?

Definitely country. It’s great seeing people around here lose their minds in 30 seconds of traffic.

Describe your area of expertise?

Getting community projects on their feet. Working with young people. Promoting film and mental health. I love start-ups, connecting people, collaborating, and bringing new ideas to fruition. Running SWIFF.

What is the greatest hurdle you have had to overcome in your career and how did you do it?

Not being 100% passionate about my work. Cured by pulling up stumps in the city and starting Screenwave five years ago 

If you could solve one problem or issue what would it be?

Communication. A lot can be solved when people can easily talk to each other

What advice would you give your younger self?

We all experience failure. Use it.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

My friends and family. Good people. It would be a picnic in the park – I’d bring my dogs.

The best advice you have been given during your life?

Play your own game. It was meant as a squash tip, but translates well.

What are you looking forward to most about attending Ignite MNC at Bellingen?

Being amongst some of the many inspirational people in our community. It’s a good headspace – left last year’s event really inspired. The real answer is probably Clare Bowditch though.

What are your plans for the next year?

We have our second start-up, Film Outreach, up on its feet now. We will be helping more communities around the country develop film and screen culture, similar to what we’ve done in Coffs.





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