Byron film fest

The third annual Byron Bay Film Festival is launching itself into 2008 with over 150 films from 34 countries more than half of which are Australian premieres.

Opening on February 29 and screening until March 8, the festival is an initiative of the Byron Community Centre and reflects the areas strong appetite for independent film.

Hot new Australian drama Monkey Puzzle is the opening night film and its the story of a journey into the wilds of the Blue Mountains, of friendships pushed to the edge, haunted pasts and unrequited love. (Awww.)

The closing night awards celebration features Laya Project, a creative filmic exploration of musicians from communities affected by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

It documents folk music filmed in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, the Maldives, India and Myanmar.

Its about pushing the envelope of filmmaking and supporting the filmmakers who are doing that, giving them a platform to stand on, festival director Jaimee Skippon-Volke said, nicely mixing metaphors.

For more info and ticket prices visit www.bbff.com.au.


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