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What’s On? Byron Bay International Film Festival 2016

What’s On? Byron Bay International Film Festival 2016

An annual favourite, the Byron Bay International Film Festival celebrates its 10th year screening an amazing amount of films over 10 days. This year it takes place from 14 to 23 October with even more movies to watch. If you love films, then you need to book a holiday to Byron Bay for this special festival.

This year, the festival provides an additional experience in virtual and augmented reality. The VR portion of the festival will be held on the final weekend, 22 and 23 October, and will feature demos, workshops and panels, all part of the Ncube8 portion of the film festival. Most of the VR experiences and events are free to BBFF ticket holders.

So make plans to book your Byron Bay accommodation now if you haven’t already and experience some of the excellent films the Byron Bay film festival has to offer!

Program highlights

With so many films to see, spread out over 10 days, it might seem hard to choose which sessions are the best fit for you during your holiday. Well, be sure to consult the Byron Bay film festival 2016 program where you’ll be able to look for sessions with icons that denote various things from director’s picks, to the type of film, including such kinds as surfing, feelgood, environmental or visual feast, in addition to the usual drama, comedy and action.

Also, the program is a great way to read up on some of the special sessions, such as the Family Friendly Shorts, which takes place at 11:15am on Saturday, 15 October at the Byron Community Centre. Each costs $10 a person or family packs are available for $35.

Another excellent special session will be the Young Australian Filmmakers, which starts at 3:30pm Saturday, 22 October at the Byron Community Centre. The session will screen the nine finalists’ films, out of more than 170 filmmakers, aged 25 and under (one who is only 14!), who entered their works. Almost all the filmmakers will be in attendance as well. Tickets for this session are $15 per person.

Outside of the films, there will be the Filmmakers Breakfast on Monday, 17 October from 8:30 to 11am taking place at Clarkes Beach. This is the first year it has been open to the public, giving film lovers a chance to meet and talk with many of the festival’s filmmakers and other VIPs. Breakfast and coffee from Byron Bay Coffee Company will be available. Cost is $30 per person.


Brunswick Picture House

Image source: Brunswick Picture House

The majority of the film festival’s sessions take place at the Byron Community Centre. Located at 69 Jonson Street, it is in the heart of Byron Bay and plays host to 33 film sessions of the Byron Bay film festival. The regular sessions cost between $15 per person and show at least three films during the session.

Other venues for this excellent Byron Bay event include:

  • Pighouse Flicks, 1 Skinners Shoot Rd.: Host to 13 sessions, this place is housed in the Buddha Bar/Byron Bay Brewery complex.
  • The Regent Cinema, 5 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah: This single-screen cinema recently upgraded to a digital system and new sound system. It will host five sessions.
  • Brunswick Picture House, 30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads: After 30 years, the Picture House has been restored, presenting a mix of film and fun entertainment. It will host five sessions.

Special Events, App and More

During the 10 days of the Byron Bay film festival, there will be a couple of special events for aspiring filmmakers, music video buffs, and lots of events surrounding the special virtual reality addition, nCube8.

  • APRA AMCOS Music Video Award: 20 music videos will be screened on Friday, 21 October, starting 9:30pm at Byron Bay Brewery. The event is free. The videos are from such groups as SAFIA, Timber Bones, Boy & Bear and Life is Better Blonde. Only one video will be given the APRA AMCOS Music Video Award.
  • Documentary Financing: Presented by Screenworks, Liz Stevens, senior manager for documentaries at Screen Australia, will provide information about how to access funding from Screen Australia for documentaries. Following her remarks, she will join with local and visiting documentary filmmakers for a discussion about financing projects. This event takes place at Byron Community Centre in the Cavanbah Room at 2:30pm Friday, 21 October and is free.
  • Check the website and the program for more information about the events surrounding nCube8 over the last two days of the festival, 22 and 23 October.

This year marks the first year that the Byron Bay Film Festival has offered its own app, available for both iPhones and Android phones. The app not only allows you to view the program, vote for your favourite film, and make a wish list (plan out a schedule of what you want to see), but it also serves as an online ticketing system. You can purchase your tickets or flexi-passes on your phone and then your phone will serve as your ticket by using the QR coded tickets that will be scanned off your phone at the door.

You can check the festival’s Facebook page for announcements as well.

Book Broken Head Holiday Park for your base during the Byron Bay Film Festival

When planning your holiday for this or other Byron Bay events, consider Broken Head Holiday Park for a place to stay. Our Byron Bay budget accommodation provides an excellent base for your holiday without breaking the bank!