Film fest a winner
Kim Kindersleys film The Return of the Whale Dreamers The Gathering recently won the Beach Hotel Award for Best Film at the inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival. There were 10 awards presented including Best Documentary David Bradburys Blowin in the Wind (now thats a chilling film highlighting the menace of depleted uranium weapons even here in Australia) and Best Young Filmmaker of 2006 Darius Devas.
The festival of 53 films began with the world premiere of David Bradburys Raul the Terrible.
Younger filmmakers have been thrilled to be part of a festival that includes some of Australias leading filmmakers, said the festivals coordinator, Greg Aitken.
With around 80 per cent of the films screened being produced by local or former residents, the festival has confirmed that there is a dynamic working population of established and emerging filmmakers that choose to live and work in this region.