Film fest getting bigger

The Byron Bay Film Festival has become an international festival in just its second year. Not only have half of the films submitted come from overseas, but the festival will be presenting 14 world premieres and 43 Australian premieres.

Last years festival screened only 55 films with the majority being locally produced and the rest submitted from within Australia. But this years festival will screen 109 films from 24 different countries, said a very pleased festival director Greg Aitken.

The Byron Bay Film Festival will be held at the Byron Community Centre from February 9-17.

The first festival gave local audiences an opportunity to see the quality of filmmaking talent in the region, especially as two winners from that festival Kim Kindersleys The Gathering (Best Film) and David Bradburys Raul the Terrible (Best Documentary) went on to collect a Monaco International Film Festival Award and an AFI award respectively.

Session tickets are $12/10, with kids 16 and under at $6. You can also grab a festival season pass giving entry to the entire 16 sessions.

For more info visit the website at www.bbff.com.au.


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