9th Byron Bay International Film Festival Announces Countdown to Australia’s Largest Regional Film Festival

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From 6-15 March, the 9th Byron Bay International Film Festival will celebrate the unique experience this grassroots cinematic event offers by connecting international filmmakers with audiences on a shared journey of inspiration, discovery and screen magic.

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BBFF Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke (left) and filmmaker and comedian Kai Smythe kick off BBFF 2015. Credit: Gianluca Sodaro.

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia – The 9thByron Bay International Film Festival today announced the countdown to its 2015 festival to be held in the world-renowned beachside location of Byron Bay and surrounding regional hubs from 6 to 15 March.

Byron Bay International Film Festival is now Australia’s largest film festival, its 10-day program spanning 220+ films from 35+ countries across 50+ sessions and 5 venues in 3 regional centres. It screens and awards films of all lengths and genres.

Each year hundreds of film industry professionals walk the red carpet ranging from international screen legends to local amateurs, along with thousands of film lovers. The festival’s events include sell-out gala opening and closing night parties, master classes, panels, workshops and school screenings.

Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke said, “This year’s festival is all about celebrating the unique experience we gain by leaving the comfort of the couch and attending a grassroots film festival like Byron Bay International Film Festival.”

“Whether you’re in the film industry or a film lover, there is absolutely nothing like being in the cinema with a filmmaker who has poured years of their life blood into telling a story”, Skippon-Volke says. “Along with a room full of people, you’re sitting in the dark, discovering a different way of life, going to the creative edge, laughing and sometimes even getting a bit misty-eyed together. You hear the filmmaker share the story behind that. It’s special.”

Skippon-Volke said, “Byron Film Fest is known for its eye-opening, thought-provoking and cutting-edge films and the submissions we have received this year are nothing short of exceptional. Our festival goers are in for a treat.”

The festival will once again be hosting its iconicFull Moon Beachside Screening on Tuesday 3 February. The event attracts thousands of people with picnics in tow to a night of free live music and cinema under the stars with the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse.

The 9th Byron Bay International Film Festival takes place from 6 to 15 March 2015 across five venues in Byron Bay and surrounding townships.

Official program announced and tickets on sale Monday 23 February 2015 at www.bbff.com.au. For early announcements and exclusive presale offers subscribe to the newsletter or find the festival on Facebook.

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