The Byron Bay Film Festival celebrates Young Australian Filmmakers

Every year Byron Bay Film Festival nominates for an award the 10 best films submitted by young Australian filmmakers – no easy task given the imagination, skill and loving care on display in so much of their work.

The Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year Competition has been an integral part of the Festival since 2007, encouraging fledgling filmmakers and rewarding those who dare to dream big.

This year’s Festival, the 17th, once again boasts an impressive line-up of talent, with themes that show the influence of the Covid experience and explore the deeper aspects of being human – things that are difficult for us all, but especially perhaps for the young: loss and grief, identity, social isolation (and bullying), family break-up, and adjustments to a changing world.

Noticeable this year is the ethnic and cultural diversity, with several films exploring the challenges facing immigrant families, such as Porcelain (pictured).

Visit for the full Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year program.

The BBFF2023 Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year screening takes place at 12:30pm on Saturday 21 October at Byron Palace Cinemas and will also screen at The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance, and some (like Christina Yu) are busy with their HSC finals!

The 17th Byron Bay International Film Festival runs from October 20-29. For more Festival information visit