The 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival, 28 February to 9 March – Australia’s independent showcase for the edgiest filmmakers on the planet – today announced its official selection for 2014 and list of award nominees.
Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke says, ‘This year’s official selection is without doubt our most exciting yet. With more films and premieres than ever before, it’s an exceptional array of deep and inspiring films from Australia and 36 countries around the world.’
‘Every year a theme naturally emerges in the programming and 2014’s is all about being comfortable with who you are and your place in the world.’
‘As an independent festival, we’re proud to walk to the beat of our own drum. We accept no funding from mining, that’s part of the reason Josh Fox selected us as the festival for his Australian premiere of Gasland Part II, which is a huge honour and being anti-fracking, something close to our hearts in Byron Bay’.
‘The best part is, we love putting on a great event that is so much fun and allows visitors from outside the region to really immerse themselves in a community that’s not only beautiful and full of colourful personalities but highly progressive and a hub for bleeding-edge culture and thinking.’
BBFF2014 will screen across four regional venues including the Byron Bay Community Centre and charismatic arthouse cinemas, Pighouse Flicks Byron Bay, Star Court Theatre Lismore and Regent Cinemas Murwillumbah.
With solid year-on-year annual growth and around 1,000 films submitted for entry this year, Skippon-Volke says BBFF is now the country’s biggest regional film festival and is fast becoming a ‘must do’ for independent filmmakers the world over.
For further information visit www.bbff.com.au