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BBFF’s Full Moon Cinema Returns This Valentine’s Day

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There’s so much to look forward to Byron Bay International Film Festival 2104 and as a prelude to the 10 day festival, BBFF is sharing the movie love for free at Byron Bay’s most romantic night of the year!

Our iconic Full Moon beachside screening will be held on Valentine’s Day – Friday 14 February 2014. Festival organisers are presenting a selection of the best films from BBFF’s past seven seasons on the themes of ‘connection’ and ‘relationships’. We expect thousands of people to once again join with loved ones and picnics in tow for a free night of cinema under the stars and to the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse and sound of crashing waves. The evening kicks off with some great live music from 6.30pm as the light fades.

BBFF Sunset Cinema set to screen on Valentines Day 2014

BBFF Sunset Cinema set to screen on Valentines Day 2014

Program Highlights

The chosen selection will include heart-warming, funny and impacting short films that explore the themes of ‘connection’ and ‘relationships’. Stay tuned for musical artist announcements soon by following the festival on Facebook.

True Beauty This Night (USA) This multi-award-winning audience favourite is an unlikely love story about a man who meets the love of his life but has his work cut out to convince her she’s the one.

True Beauty This Night, the feel good audience favourite

True Beauty This Night, the feel good audience favourite

Last Rain (Spain) Is a dramatic short film about a man that arrives at a disco, confused and without really knowing why he is there. He sees a young woman, to whom he feels inexplicably attracted. As he observes her, a succession of events from their future lives gradually becomes clear, and the young woman becomes increasingly intrigued with the handsome stranger who seems to miraculously be able to predict their future.

I Am A Girl! (The Netherlands) A multi-award winning short film from BBFF2013. Every 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. And Joppe is no different, consulting her friend on how to ask Brian out. But just how should she tell Brian that she was born a boy?

I Am A Girl!

I Am A Girl!

Within (Australia) is an experimental surf film by talented local filmmaker Darius Devas about our deep love and connection with the ocean, and Making Within explores his deep inspiration to create it, following the death of his childhood surf buddy.

The Allan Byrne Movie Tribute (Australia) BBFF is thrilled to be able to show this new cut of BBFF2011’s multi-award winning film, The Last Paradise, created recently for Tracks Magazine. The moving film explores themes of adventure travel, lifestyle, environment and innovation in Australia, considered “The Last Paradise”, through 45 years of stunning unseen original footage as a tribute to the late great tube rider, master board designer and all round lovable larrikin, Al Byrne.

Event Information

Date: Friday 14 February 2014

Time: Arrive 6.30pm to get a good spot and catch the live music as the light fades.

Location: Bay Street, Byron Bay, NSW, adjacent to Byron Bay Surf Club.

Cost: FREE.

Bring: Picnic, rug, cushions and an extra layer in case of a sea breeze.

Please note that for the comfort of all, this is a drug and alcohol free event. People under 15 years of age must please be accompanied by an adult.

In the case of poor weather, check the website or Facebook page for updates. In the event that the evening must be postponed due to poor weather, it will be rescheduled later in 2014.


Entries to BBFF2014 are now closed!

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BBFF2014 will run from February 28th to March 9th.  Submissions are now closed, if you have a film which would be a world premiere we may be interested in offering you a deadline waiver so reach out and make us a pitch. Surf films, music videos, films from Northern Rivers Filmmakers and short films from Australian Filmmakers under 25 had a little extra time until December 12th to submit.

BBFF encourages filmmakers and audiences to ‘Open Their Aperture’ – to open their eyes, minds and hearts to new possibilities and experiences. The range of films we screen is diverse and dynamic – Our team is passionate about supporting independent filmmakers in all stages of their careers and we believe in creating positive opportunities wherever possible – showcasing the amazing works of talented creatives to an open, intelligent audience as well as some well connected, highly respected Judges. The festival features an award for the Best Young Australian Filmmaker which is open to Australian Director’s under 25 and offers young Australian filmmakers reduced entry fees for their films.

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Linnaeus competition now closed

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Thank you to everyone that entered the Linnaeus competition. Entries are now closed and the winner will be announce shortly.

Thank you to The Owners Club at Byron Bay. The winner of the competition will live like the stars with a week of uber-luxury amid 300 acres of stunning beachfront rainforest. An accommodation package valued at $2,500!

Full Moon Cinema on Tuesday 26th of March

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One of Byron Bay’s most magical nights of the year, Byron Bay International Film Festival’s Full Moon Sunset Cinema, will breeze back into town in late March. After the astounding success of last year’s event, BBFF2013 will again host this FREE outdoor event next to the Byron Bay Surf Club located on main beach, commencing at dusk. Screening at the sunset cinema will be Inuk, winner of last year’s most prestigious award, BBFF2012’s ‘Best Film’ of the festival.

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And The Winners Are….

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Congratulations to all the winners and nominees and a big thanks to all our filmmakers, festival goers, sponsors and special folks who’ve made BBFF2013 such an amazing festival.

The Owners Club at Linnaeus Best Film, Byron Bay Coffee Company Best Dramatic Feature & Tavarus Best Surf Film
Otelo Burning

The Echo Best Byron Film
Pharaoh vs The Egyptians

The Byron at Byron Best Environmental Film
Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm

SAE Institiute/Qantm College Best Short Film
Le Souffle Court

Screenzone Byron International Documentary Prize ($5,000 cash)
The World Before Her

GDC Best Cinematography
The Naked Leading the Blind

Cheese Please Best Music Video Award
Easy Way Out (by Gotye)

Sustain Northern Rivers Sustainable Shorts
The Garden Pool

Fox Creek Wines Best Experimental Film

Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year

GreenhouseFX Best Animation

BBFF Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Northern Rivers
Filmmakers Paul Tait & Jeni Kendall

Honourable Mentions
I Am A Girl

BBFF2013 Official Selection: Doomed (Condenados)

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The inevitable process of natural selection will always highlight the successes – and failures – of particular specimens. In the case of the non-terrestrial creatures of Doomed (Condenados), it is this cruel process that unveils peculiar instincts, which lead to ultimate, comical extinction.

Created in 2011 and produced through the Madrid-based Studio El Senor, the short film highlights both the technical skill and creative talent of Spanish creator Guillermo Garcia Carsi.

The stark, white environment emphasises the parade of absurd and ridiculous creatures, which are bought to life with the use of the hyper-real rendering style of animation. Created with CGI by animation director Txesco Montalt, this technique furthers the temporary suspension of disbelief as the audience takes in the documentary-style narration.

The gaze of the narrator is nothing short of astounded by the illogical nature of these ‘animals’, which, rather than striving for survival, seem to condemn them to annihilation, making for a humorous yet thought provoking short for the whole family.

Be sure to check out the Australian premier of Doomed (Condenados), screening at the Byron Bay Community Centre at 10:30 am, March 2nd, along with other wonderful, family-friendly shorts.