Dream With Your Eyes Open at the Byron Bay International Film Festival
Before covid and border closures each year some of the world’s most exciting film talent joined thousands of film lovers at BBFF, 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.
Covid-19 crushed the festival dreams of thousands of filmmakers world-wide, and with BBFF being an extremely social festival and streaming content just did not feel right for us in 2020. We were fortunate here in Australia that covid was under control and so we were able to develop a special physical edition of the Film Festival in our planned dates Oct 23rd to Nov 1st 2020 – and again in December 2021.
To benefit as many filmmakers as possible we brought together an amazing array of important industry buyers and leaders to help judge our Nominees again creating opportunities for filmmakers in these difficult times. We will be hosting some special online events in 2022 to celebrate and honour the work of our 2020 & 2021 filmmakers.
It’s hard for any of us to predict what the events world will look like in October but our goal will be to once again roll-out a physical film festival as we have through-out the pandemic.
“Arguably Australia’s most successful regional event”
– SBS Film
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.
“BBFF will grow into a ‘go-to event’ because of the way BBFF enables filmmakers to exchange ideas.”
BBFF Patrons, Actor Jack Thompson & Film Reviewer Peter Thompson
As a BBFF VIP Accepted Filmmakers are given the opportunity to expand their horizons with free masterclasses, workshops, seminars, networking drinks and parties.
The festival is also passionate about Virtual Reality and the opportunities it creates for filmmakers. 2016 saw the introduction of 2 new awards for Virtual Reality Creators and a number of events that were aimed at established VR Developers as well as those looking to dive into this new realm. The Realities Mediums are no token gesture at this festival – for the past 4 years BBFF has held Co_Lab_Create – a Realities Thinktank for Professionals already working in the field attracting World Leaders from Australia and across the Globe. This event has been designed – and is proven – to create business outcomes for attendees.
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.
“We have travelled the world with our film, 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!”
– David Lee Miller, Filmmaker, USA
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.
For more information, visit Byron Bay International Film Festival