Byron Bay’s world-renowned 10-day celebration of independent cinema opens next month for its 17th year, screening in Palace Cinemas Byron Bay and venues in Lennox Head, Ballina and Murwillumbah.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival is a highlight in the cultural calendar for fans of contemporary cinema and filmmakers from Australia and overseas, and 2023 promises to continue its rebuilding to full strength after the years of Covid recess that disrupted the global film industry.
With a tagline of Anything Is Possible, this year’s screen showcase includes the latest work of experienced and emerging local filmmakers alongside innovative feature films and front-line documentaries made by some of Australia’s most outstanding directors.
What to Watch
Incredible surf adventures, eye-opening environmental investigations, human interest stories and insightful music and art narratives explore the familiar and the strange, while feature dramas from home and abroad will entertain, enthral and challenge.
The Festival offers a unique chance to meet and interact with filmmakers, industry experts and fellow enthusiasts. Whether you’re a dedicated film buff, an aspiring filmmaker, or a seasoned professional, BBFF provides a welcoming space to join conversations, share perspectives and establish valuable connections.
Byron Bay Film Festival Comments
“Directors, actors, writers, producers and film buffs from all over the country as well as from the US, UK, Europe and Asia are regulars at the Festival, making it a ‘must’ for film lovers and creatives and anyone working in the sector,” says Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke.
“We have something to offer to everyone. The Festival vibe alone is inspiring, with fascinating discussions, ideas flying around, and heaps of social and networking connections made. Then, of course, there’s the opportunity to experience some of the best independent films on offer in the company of other simpatico members of the film community.”
“We’ve maintained a high standard over the past 17 years, sometimes under trying circumstances such as the pandemic and the natural disasters on the North Coast. But like the people of the region, BBFF is resilient and we have built back better, to give the greatest opportunity for the local filmmakers to have their work seen and appreciated, and to introduce the community to films they would not have otherwise seen, and enjoy an affordable diversion from every day.”
Book your tickets online at the Byron Bay Film Festival website.
About the Byron Bay Film Festival
The 17th Byron Bay International Film Festival runs from 20-29 October 2023, with screenings at Byron Palace Cinemas, Lennox Head Cultural Centre, Brunswick Picture House, The Regent Murwillumbah, and school sessions at Ballina Palace. #ByronBayFilmFestival