BBFF was proud to partner with the Gold Coast Film Festival in presenting a weekend of world-class Virtual Reality Experiences at HOTA as part of the 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival over the last weekend of April. Every session was sold out – and a great time was had by all!
Showcasing First Nations Film is one of the great mediums for connecting us to story and culture. Both are vital elements in many indigenous communities, and we love having the opportunity to use film to bring otherwise untold stories to our audience in celebration of global diversity and connection. Byron Bay Film Festival is proud
Turning grey to green for a rooftop bee ‘n’ bee Thinking outside of the box is one thing, but when it comes to combating the decline of the bee – the miracle insect that enables one third of the world’s food to grow – maybe outside of the ground is the answer, reports Gail
Trouble and triumphs on screen at Byron’s film fiesta The second half of the Byron Bay Film Festival contains some of its ‘heavy hitters’ – feature-scale dramas and documentaries from around the world. Let’s leave aside the rock n roll explosion that is Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World … although this
Films not miss: Powerfully relevant dramas from around the globe Two feature films at the Byron Bay Film Festival come from the front line of the contemporary world, capturing horribly familiar slices of the zeitgeist, from 2008’s extremist massacre in Mumbai to the mean streets of ethnically divided Leeds. ONE LESS GOD One
Film feature: Undertow Byron Bay from every angle The short film Undertow tells us a lot about Byron Bay, including the dark undercurrents beneath the region’s picture postcard appeal. Tyson Yates meets filmmaker Peter Spann. With more than 100 films screening as part of Byron Bay Film Festival, there’s no lack of complex
FILM PREVIEW: CITY OF JOY by Jenny Bird The beating heart of this film lies with a young woman called Jane who lives near the Rwandan border in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is a country that has been described as the worst place in the world to be a
Filmmaker Interview: Phil Borges CRAZYWISE By Tyson Yates What better place than Byron Bay to premier CRAZYWISE, an organic exploration into how we in the West frame mental health in comparison to indigenous cultures around the world? Co-director and renown human rights photographer Phil Borges tells BBFF 2017 how a simple project on meditation grew
‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll tap your feet,’ Digby Hildreth explores some of the incredible films on offer at this year’s dazzling and diverse festival. THAT’S NOT ME Polly has a problem: she’s an actor with big aspirations, but it’s her identical twin Amy who is scoring all the good roles and screen time
It’s out and we’re proud to announce that the documentary The Freedom to Marry has been selected as the Opening Night film at BBFF 2017. The ultra-topical documentary traces the battle for equality by North America’s LGBTQI community, from the early days of Stonewall through to the Supreme Court decision just two years ago.