Film fest is here

This is a still from Bill Pymptoons animated film Guide Dog which is one of the many films screening at The Byron Bay Film Fest starting this weekend.

The Byron Bay Film Festival opening night (this Friday, February 9) is going to be a night of glamour and glitz according to the festival manager, Jaimee Skippon-Volke.

It is a red-carpet event with a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. There will be a pianist playing the Steinway and we are hoping that people will dress formally or in a Byron formal style, said Jaimee.

The festival will be officially opened by the director of The Gathering, Kim Kindersley. The Gathering was voted Best Film at last years Byron Bay Film Festival. It then went on to win major awards including Best Film at the Monaco International Film Festival.

The documentary feature Storm of Emotions the story of the evacuation of residents by the Israeli governmentfrom the Gaza Strip in August 2005 is the centrepiece of the opening.

Director Elizabeth Foley will introduce her short film Incarnation, an experimental 3D animation nominated for Best Experimental and Best Animation.

The festival will run from February 9-17.

Session tickets are $12/10, and $6 for kids 16 and under. You can also grab a festival season pass for the entire 16 sessions. Tickets are available from the Byron Community Centre (6685 5659).

For more info visit the website at

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