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The 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival 6-15 March
The largest film festival in Australia, is a 10-day festival held annually in March. With over 220 cutting-edge films from over 35 countries, the festival celebrates and supports independent film talent from the local community and abroad.
Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke said, “Today, we’re living in a download culture. This year we're asking film lovers to 'ditch the downloads' and celebrate the unique experience a collective, shared viewing experience creates. 'Magic Happens in the Dark' is a call to leave the comfort of the couch and dive deep into all that the festival has to offer.
Located in the stunning beachside town of Byron Bay and surrounding centres of Ballina, Lismore, and Muwillumbah, the festival showcases innovative and thought-provoking films.
Screened in five venues, the selected documentaries, short films, feature films, and animations aim to entertain, educate and encourage social dialogue. International filmmakers, local up-and-comers and film lovers leave the festival with an enriched worldview and a raised cultural and environmental awareness.
As well as the 50+ sessions, the Byron Bay International Film Festival hosts events, parties, panels, workshops master classes, and school screenings. Tickets and program available on the Byron Bay Filmfest website.
In recent years, musicians Jack Johnson and Kirk Pengilly, comedian Akmal Saleh, actors Jack Thompson and Vince Colossimo and surfer Laybe Beachley have attended.
The sell-out gala opening and closing events are some of Byron’s most glamorous nights of the year. Hundreds of industry legends, locals and film lovers strut down the red carpet.
The iconic Full Moon Beachside Screening, set on the grass above Byron’s stunning Main Beach, that in previous year’s has attracted thousands of picnickers for a night of free live music and cinema under the stars has been rescheduled for later in 2015 due to weather concerns.
Byron Bay Film Festival is AACTA Awards accredited. Each year, the festival awards standout films in categories such as feature, documentary, music video, and animation. The festival also celebrates up-and-coming local talent with the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award, judged by film critic Peter Thompson.
2015 Byron Bay Film Festival program and tickets available from 23rd February at www.bbff.com.au.
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