In 2014, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) celebrates its eighth year over 10 glorious days across 5 venues from Friday 28 February to Sunday 9 March. BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films. It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. In 2013 BBFF provided attendees with the opportunity to see 135 brilliant films never before screened on our shores and screened over 220 films from more than 40 countries with a program comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation and short films that support and celebrate local and international cinema.
Launching in 2005, the BBFF has established a reputation for showcasing a range of films with an emphasis on content that seeks to raise social, cultural and environmental awareness. Locating the festival within Australia’s largest regional film hub, BBFF attracts industry folk, artists, film buffs, local residents and tourists with a program that caters to these different audiences, offering Adults Only sessions, Family sessions and screening works that celebrate our local community, its values and environment. The festival’s series of awards recognise excellence in film for such categories as features, shorts, documentary, music videos and animation and has been recognising fresh talent since its inception with the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Award which is judged by Film Critic Peter Thompson.
Byron Bay’s beautiful location, renowned for its beaches and rainforests, provides one of the most unique backdrops for a film festival along with a community renowned worldwide for its focus on style and innovative design, green values, and multicultural creativity.