Open Your Aperture at the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival

The team behind the Byron Bay International Film Festival are putting their last call out for films made in the Northern Rivers. Entries have been pouring in from filmmakers from all over the world hoping to be a part of BBFF2014. “Over 300 Australian films have been submitted alongside 500 films from 62 different countries” BBFF’s Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke said. “This is a record for BBFF, it’s been really exciting for our team to see films come in from Syria, Iraq, Tanzania as it reaffirms that each year the reach of the festival is growing and that we’re taking our place up there on the International Film Festival stage. Our Call for Entries campaign reaches over half a million filmmakers world-wide – and at the core of our message is that Byron Bay is an Australian hotspot for film talent.”

Described by SBS Film as arguably Australia’s most successful regional film event, BBFF provides Northern Rivers filmmakers at all stages of their careers the opportunity to showcase their work at an internationally recognised and respected Film Festival – right here in their own backyard. Local Filmmakers are offered discounted rates and extended entry deadline, young filmmakers under 25 are encouraged to submit their work in order to shine alongside the impressive line-up of emerging Australian talent who will be part of BBFF’s ‘Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year’ competition which is judged by film critic Peter Thompson and is a highlight of the festival. Organisers plan to put a special youth focus on the festival’s closing weekend J’aimee added “It’s always inspiring to see the world through the eyes of the next generation, I’ve seen some of the most innovative films I’ve ever come across come from young filmmakers form this area and so I’d like to offer young filmmakers who have a film they’ve just completed for their HSC a fee waiver to insure that being part of this event is obtainable for them”

J’aimee continued “Another aspect of the festival that we’re particularly proud of is that every year we see at least one of our local filmmakers or locals meet and collaborate an International Filmmaker who has made the journey to BBFF, one such example is the US Director Broderick Fox who came to BBFF2012 with his documentary The Skin I’m In and ended up returning to make a film with Zenith Virago called ‘Zen & The Art of Dying’ or US Director Rick Stevenson who comes back every year as he’s making a series similar to 7-UP with 20 kids from the area”.

BBFF2014 will run from Friday February 28th to Sunday March 9th. Film Entries close on December 12th.

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