BBFF2018 Special Events

Our festival always begins and ends with a bang. With many filmmakers attending from Australia and abroad our guest list is extensive so tickets to the public are extremely limited.

Participants got the star treatment at our Red Carpet events. Both of these Gala nights feature exquisite cuisine from LaneWay Catering , so our guests feast much more than their eyes.

Alongside our finest films and fine food there’s Prosecco and hand-picked fine wines from Zilzie’s Regional Collection, boutique beverages, great music and great company.

GALA OPENING NIGHT / Friday October 12th

The Red Carpet Gala Opening Night once again sets the scene for BBFF’s spectacular ten day international film festival. Early Bird Tickets are $75 – with only 120 tickets available to the general public for this special night.

After slipping into a glittering gown, your favourite cocktail dress or party shirt join us on BBFF’s Red Carpet as we celebrate the start of ten days of screen magic at BBFF2018’s Gala Opening Night – considered by many to be Byron’s most glamorous party.

Besides red carpet grandeur and the screening of one of the festival’s hottest films, the ticket price includes a pre-film mingle, live music, our fabulous After Party catered by LaneWay Catering and signature drinks.

Our Opening Night Film will be Michael Franti’s Stay Human

CLOSING GALA PARTY / Saturday October 20th

With Sunday October 21 the final day of film festivities, seize the opportunity to join us as we wind]-down the BBFF2018 with another Red Carpet Gala Party on Saturday Night, the best night for a party. The film is the International Premiere of Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater – Extinction.

Each year, this red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including you, our much-valued patrons and supporters.

The 2018 Closing Night Gala gives you the opportunity to chat to that lauded director of your most loved film of the festival and enjoy a delectable menu while sipping on hand selected Zilzie wines.

The evening features the Australian Premiere of Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater Extinction.


Byron Community Centre Balcony
From 8.30 to 11am / $20

Each year we hold a special Filmmakers’ Breakfast where Filmmakers are interviewed and stories are shared for ABC North Coast’s listeners over the best meal of the day.

This is the opportunity to get up close and personal with our filmmakers and VIPs –  enjoy the stories behind the films as well a delicious breakfast served with a delicious coffee from the multi-award-winning Byron Bay Coffee Company. Stay for an hour or tune in for the whole event.


9.30pm / The Brewery / FREE
Music videos inspire collaboration, bring together creatives and provide a vital calling card for talented directors. A great opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers and musicians behind 20 of the hottest music videos submitted to last year’s festival at a special screening at one of Byron’s iconic venues, the Byron Bay Brewery.

During this event, our 2018 Music Video Award was presented to one of these videos to recognise the collaborative efforts of songwriters and directors.