Dream With Your Eyes Open at the Byron Bay International Film Festival
Each year some of the world’s most exciting film talent join thousands of film lovers at BBFF, in beautiful Byron Bay, for a dynamic and truly distinctive film festival experience known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences.
Covid-19 has crushed the festival dreams of thousands of filmmakers world-wide, BBFF is an extremely social festival and streaming content just did not feel right for us in 2020. We're fortunate here in Australia that covid is under control and so have been able to develop a special physical edition of the Film Festival Oct 23rd to Nov 1st 2020 - although social distancing regulations limit our possibilities and audiences remain timid when it comes to their entertainment choices.
Because we've had to downscale the size of our festival we've rolled all 2020 entries over for consideration in our 2021 Festival.
To benefit ass many filmmakers as possible we've brought together an amazing array of important industry buyers and leaders to help judge our 2020 Nominees creating opportunities for filmmakers in these difficult times.
We hope our 2021 Festival will be aligned to our usual festival format - complete with attendance from International Filmmakers.
Young Australian directors under 25 have the chance to win our Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year award.
All films entered will automatically be considered for nomination in any award categories that the film might qualify for during the selection process. BBFF awards include but are not limited to Best Film, Documentary, Short Film, Drama, Cinematography, Surf Film, Animation, Experimental Film, Environmental Film, Music Video, Best Young Australian Filmmaker (open to Australian Director’s under 25) and an award for the Best Local Film.
BBFF is renown world-wide for cutting edge curation and we have added Immersive Content to our expansive and engaging program of screen content - widening perceptions of the evolution of film and technology and introducing the new frontiers of the story-telling and the artistic expressions of tomorrow.
2016 saw the introduction of two new award categories - BBFF Best Achievement in a Virtual Reality 360 degree Experience (Interactive) and BBFF Best Achievement in a Virtual Reality 360 degree Experience (Linear). As content and adoption grow we plan to continue to add other specialised awards in this field.
We also host the Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Competition which has a first prize of AU$1000. The top 3 finalists traditionally receive the latest Final Draft Screenwriting software.