We have travelled the world with our film, My Suicide, from Berlinale to San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Byron Bay Film Festival is absolutely world class – filmmaker friendly, professionally run, and featuring top notch, bleeding-edge independent films. Add the inspirational setting and the people, and the gestalt is pure magic!
Last year, some of the world’s most exciting film talent and thousands of film lovers came together in beautiful Byron Bay. We celebrated a dynamic and truly distinctive festival which is known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences. People came together networking or just enjoying events that are developed to educate and entertain. Naturally, there were some special surf sessions for the filmmakers – you can’t leave Byron Bay without going surfing…
Byron Bay Film Festival 2015 had independent filmmakers as the heart and soul of the festival. Our 2015 Official Selection was a truly quality program of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 37 countries, setting the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase outstanding work across all genres. Have a look at our 2015 venues and screened films.
As SBS Film, 2013 put it: “Arguably Australia’s most successful regional film event”
Our filmmakers mixed business and pleasure, made new friends, sparked and collaborated. It was a great opportunity for them to get in touch with Australian Distribution Companies and TV Buyers. Past judges have included buyers from the ABC, PBS, SBS, Dendy Cinemas, Icon Film Distribution, Palace Films, Rialto Distribution, Arclight Film, Accent Film Entertainment, the Becker Film Group and many more.
It is always a tough decision to decide on our Official Selection and picking the winners is even harder, especially when there are so many great films from dedicated filmmakers to choose from.
Former Channel 9 Film reviewer Peter Thompson had the difficult task to function as one of our judges at Byron Bay Film Festival 2015. He was especially proud of the more than 100 young Australian Filmmakers who entered their work in the festival, hoping to be called out at the award ceremony. The award ceremony was part of the Closing Gala Night, announcing the following winners:
- Best Film: Frackman, Richard Todd
- Best Environmental Film: Frackman, Richard Todd
- Best Byron Film: Babe in the Reeds: a story of massacres and resilience, Lois Cook
- Best Dramatic Feature: Cut Snake, Tony Ayres
- Best Cinematography: III, Pavel Khvaleev
- Best Short Film: Matka Ziemia (Mother Earth), Piotr Zlotorowicz
- Best Surf Film: Learning to Float, Brendan Calder
- Best Music Video: Claire – The Next Ones to Come, Jessica Benzing, Maximilian Gerlach
- Best Experimental Film: Gaia, Nick Graalman, Erin Fowler
- Best Animation: Flow, Mathijs Demaeght