The Byron Bay International Film Festival 2017 Award Winners
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The 2017 Byron Bay International Film Festival, which ran between October 6 – 15, has come to an end. The festival saw a spectacular program of Australian and international short and feature length film screenings at a number of venues across the region.
The Closing Gala included a short but sweet awards ceremony, where the coveted ‘Best Film’ accolade was awarded to festival favourite ‘One Less God.’ This moving feature held audiences spellbound during the two festival screenings, as it revealed the intense experiences of Taj Mahal Palace guests and staff as they faced two terrorist attackers in 2008.
Co-producer Maren Smith had this to say about the film’s Byron debut: “The packed houses and the audience buzz at Byron really bodes well for our upcoming theatrical release, so we can’t wait to share it with a wide audience.”
‘One Less God’ will be screened in Mumbai this year.
Other notable winners included ‘Jungle’ directed by Greg McLean, which took out Best Dramatic Feature, and ‘Church of the Open Sky’ directed by Nathan Oldfield, which won Best Byron Film.
The Best Short award was given to ‘Uncanny Valley’ directed by Federico Heller, which offered a harrowing look at the impact VR technology and advanced video gaming could have on our society.
The full list of winners, which you can check out below, is a true representation of the diversity and incredibly high calibre of filmmaking the Byron Bay International Film Festival offers.
We look forward to seeing what BBFF brings to the region in 2018.
The 11th Annual Byron Bay International Film Festival Winners
BEST FILM AWARD WINNER
One Less God
Director: Lliam Worthington
BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE WINNER
Director: Greg McLean
Honourable Mention: An American in Texas
Director: Anthony Pedone
BEST SURF FILM
Director: Michael Oblowitz
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Director: Karina Holden
BEST YOUNG AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER
Director: Nina Buxton
BEST BYRON FILM
Church of the Open Sky
Director: Nathan Oldfield
BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL SCREENPLAY AWARD
Writer: Clare Sladden
Director: Babak Jalali
BEST EXPREMINETAL FILM
A Dragon Arrives
Director: Mani Haghighi
Director: Federico Heller
BEST INTERACTIVE VR
Director: Nicole McDonald
BEST CINEMATIC VR
Director: Felix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Love is a Lonely Dancer
Artist: Antony & Cleopatra
Director: Alan Masferrer
Learn more at www.bbff.com.au
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