Blake Northfield is the producer of The School, a supernatural thriller that follows the story of Amy (Megan Drury), a mother and doctor as she descends into an eerie dark fairy-tale realm inhabited by monsters and lost children under the tyrannical rule of a young maniac Zac (Will McDonald). How did you get involved?
By Digby Hildreth Surfers, like musicians, speak a universal language, the language, or melody, of the ocean – Big Wata, as it is called in Sierra Leone. A film of that name, Big Wata, is a stand-out feature in Byron Bay Film Festival’s annual showcasing of surf films. In its opening scene, young men in
Meet the Film Maker Interview Strongfala Kalja – Jarryd O’Keefe ” I’ve personally never had a more rewarding experience as a film maker…” Meet Jarryd O’Keefe, Director of the incredible short documentary Strongfala Kalja, which follows Kalories Robert, a Warrior Chief of Santo, Sanma, Vanuatu and his preparations for an ancestral war dance ceremony that
By Hugo Costin-Neilsen From Iran to Latvia, human foibles and the wits we use to hide or overcome them bear a remarkable similarity. One of the great pleasures of Byron Bay’s Film Festival is the opportunity to gather together to marvel and laugh at the weird and wayward directions that people’s lives can take, wherever they
By Digby Hildreth The International Premieres of films by Michael Franti and Rob Stewart open and close the Byron Bay Film Festival this year – gala occasions with culinary delights from LaneWay Cafe Michael Franti returns to Byron Bay next month – not in person to perform with his band Spearhead for the umpteenth
Meet the Filmmaker Interview The Clams – Director Abbie Pobjoy “Nothing opens up the mind quite like a group of women dancing in sync with giant tampons!” Meet Abbie Pobjoy, the young director behind the quirky, fun and empowering short documentary The Clams. A film which follows a woman’s book club turned synchronized swimming performers
Early Bird Tickets to BBFF’s Gala Opening Night and Closing Parties – as well as Flexi-Passes are available now at www.tix.bbff.com.au Our Opening Night Film will be announced next week BBFF2018’s Closing Gala feature is a memorial to remarkable conservationist Sharkwater: Extinction has been announced as the film at the centrepiece of the Closing Gala
SCREEN FOREVER, one of the largest screen industry events in the Southern Hemisphere, will be back in November. Created by Screen Producers Australia, Screen Forever, has served as an innovative and inspiring forum for discussion and debate on the latest screen industry topics for over 30 years. The conference has hosted some of the biggest
A DOCUMENTARY made by the director of Frackman is one of the first works selected for the 12th Byron Bay International Film Festival in October. Richard Todd’s explosive anti-CSG film had its world premiere at the 2015 festival and he returns this year with another revelatory work, Dying to Live, which follows the personal challenges
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!
For the second year running the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF), will be presenting a Virtual Reality (VR) session entitled Australian Immersion at the Cannes Film Festival. The session is part of Next, the innovation hub of the Cannes festival’s Marché du Film, one of the largest film markets in the world. A combination of live action, animation, documentary and dance, the works make
We are delighted to announce the award winners of the festival: BEST FILM AWARD One Less God Director: Lliam Worthington BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE Jungle Director: Greg McLean Honourable Mention: An American in Texas Director: Anthony Pedone BEST SURF FILM Heavy Water Director: Michael Oblowitz BEST ANIMATION Loving Vincent Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM