2018 Submissions

Submissions For BBFF2018 Are Open

“Everyone who has visited Byron knows it is a rare and special place, and I think that same magic really does permeate the Byron Film Festival.

It’s got all the things a film maker loves; Intelligent and passionate audiences. Lot’s of great events for networking and development. And Byron itself, like the other truly great festival destinations in the world, is so contained that it lends itself to that really special sense of atmosphere that 99% of big city festivals just cannot hope to generate. But for me, above all, and like with most great things, its the people and their dedication that I think truly make the festival so special. Because it’s not just the devil that’s in the detail, it’s also where all the real love and passion lives too.

I left BBFF with not just an incredible experience, but the strongest conviction that BBFF was not just well on its way to becoming the best festival in Australia, but one of the truly must attend film festivals in the world.”

Lliam Worthington | Writer/Director/Producer

Why Do So Many Filmmakers Love BBFF?

Each year some of the world’s most exciting film talent join thousands of film lovers at BBFF, over 10 fantastic days in beautiful Byron Bay, for a dynamic and truly distinctive film festival experience known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences.

Independent filmmakers are the heart and soul of this festival, whose quality programming of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 40 countries sets the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase outstanding work across all genres.

Mix business with pleasure at the gala red carpet opening and closing night parties, or simply over a quiet drink at the sunset bar, mingling with leading Australian and international industry figures, and where you can make new friends, spark ideas and collaborate.

As a BBFF VIP Accepted Filmmakers are given the opportunity to expand their horizons with free masterclasses, workshops, seminars and networking drinks and parties.

The festival is also passionate about Virtual Reality and the opportunities it creates for filmmakers. The festival now hosts award categories for Virtual Reality Creators and a number of events aimed at established VR Developers as well as those looking to dive into this new realm.

It’s all just a short stroll from world class beaches, great cafes, bars and restaurants, live music, shopping and the colourful, cruisy and creative streetscape, for which Byron Bay is renowned.

If your creativity is cutting edge and you have a message to tell, be a part of this humanistic festival that’s fusing artistry, education and innovation to enhance our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film – and VR!


Awards & Prizes

Young Australian directors under 25 have the chance to win our Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year award.

All films entered will automatically be considered for nomination in any award categories that the film might qualify for during the selection process. BBFF awards include but are not limited to Best Film, Documentary, Short Film, Drama, Cinematography, Surf Film, Animation, Experimental Film, Environmental Film, Music Video, Best Young Australian Filmmaker (open to Australian Director’s under 25), CinematicVR, InteractiveVR and an award for the Best Local Film.

In 2017 we presented the inaugural Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. The competition has a first prize of US$1500. The top 3 finalists will receive the latest Final Draft Screenwriting software.


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