REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE: 28/09/2011
6th Byron Bay International Film Festival March 4th to 13th 2012
The 2012 BBFF will screen for 10 days in beautiful sub-tropical Byron Bay. The first place in Australia to see the sun, Byron Bay provides an exotically beautiful backdrop for the festival, with world-class beaches only a short stroll from the venue. BBFF provides an opportunity for filmmakers to present their work at a truly distinctive film festival.
This Festival attracts International filmmakers, directors, producers, performers, cultural tourists and prominent members of Australia’s film industry, not to mention a wealth of appreciative audience members. The range of films and genres screened are diverse and dynamic.
The festival’s organisers are passionate about supporting independent filmmakers in all stages of their careers. They firmly believe in the creation of positive opportunities to showcase the fresh and amazing works of talented creatives to an open intelligent audience as well as to some well connected highly respected Judges.
The festival features an award for the Best Young Australian Filmmaker and is open to Australian Directors and Producers under 25. It also offers young Australian filmmakers reduced entry fees for their films. All accepted Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival.
BBFF2011 featured 35 public screenings in Byron Bay with introductions and Q & A sessions by attending filmmakers, free workshops & panels, industry networking functions, Schools Screenings, family-friendly films, free showcases of experimental films & audio-visual experimental film performances, a balcony bar for the audience to mix with filmmakers and for the first-time 2 extra public sessions held in neighbouring Lismore. 206 films were screened from 35 countries of which 72 were Australian films.135 of the films screened were Australian or World Premieres. Two highlights of the Festival are always the Gala Red Carpet Opening and Closing Nights with catered parties which always attract full houses.
All films entered will automatically be considered for nomination in any award categories that the film might qualify for during the selection process. BBFF awards include but are not limited to Best Film,
Documentary, Short Film, Drama, Cinematography, Surf Film, Animation, Experimental Film, Environmental Film, Music Video, Best Young Australian Filmmaker (open to Australian Director’s and Producer’s under 25.) & an award for the Best Local Film. Filmmakers are encouraged to use the paperless entry system Withoutabox and further details can be found at www.bbff.com.au
Filmmaker Andy Mullins whose acclaimed short film Minnie Loves Junior had its Australian Premiere in Byron said “We have travelled all over the world with Minnie Loves Junior, and the program at Byron Bay was one of the best I have seen, let alone had the privilege of being a part of”.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival is open to films of all lengths and all genres. Films in competition must have been completed after Jan 1st 2009.