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Byron Bay Hosts Largest Regional Film Festival

Expand Your Mind at BBFF 2014

Calling all film lovers!

Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke will roll out the red carpet for the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) this month. Billed as Australia’s largest regional film festival, the organisers are expecting lovers of indie film to flock to balmy Byron to enjoy treats like the Full Moon Cinema.

After 12 months scouring the globe for cutting-edge films, BBFF 2014 is once again preparing for thousands of film lovers, directors, producers, actors and other creative spirits from around the world to expand their worldview by attending this 10-day celebration of film.

“This year we are looking forward to fabulous red carpet Opening and Closing Night gala parties, unique events that explore Byron’s way of life and an inspirational selection of panels and workshops”, says Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke.

“We are also very excited to be hosting Byron Bay’s most romantic night of the year, as our iconic Full Moon beachside screening will be held on Valentine’s Day – Friday 14 February 2014. We will be screening a selection of the best romantic short films from our past seven seasons. Thousands of people will join with picnics in tow for a free night of heart-warming cinema under the stars to the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse.”

Byron’s laid-back and inclusive vibe sees audiences and industry heavyweights mingling side by side at the BBFF’s sunset bar or the many great cafes and restaurants nearby.

She adds, “Every year we have some wonderful rising stars and seasoned veterans alike from the International film industry. In 2013 that included actor Jack Thompson recently appearing in The Great Gatsby and renowned comedian Akmal Saleh for the world premiere of his powerful debut documentary about the Arab Spring, Pharaoh vs. The Egyptians”.

“Being Australia’s largest regional film festival, we also have hundreds of phenomenal films to look forward to spanning topics such as social justice, women’s issues, sexuality and relationships, spirituality, surfing and the changing environment, many of which you will only be likely to catch in Australia at BBFF. The hardest thing is narrowing down your must-see list.”

A sneak peak of the films in BBFF’s rich and entertaining program reveals such gems as Upaj: Improvise, an electric, heartwarming film about the personal stories of two unlikely friends who cross cultures, continents and generations to create a scintillating fusion of jazz, tap, dance.

Also, Orizzonti (The Audition), a passionate piece by American Director Michael Haussman. Screening at Venice Film Festival in August 2013, The Audition is about the perils of falling in love as shown through a playful challenge between two actors that escalates into a war of emotion, as they try to conquer each other in proposition.

Tickets on sale Monday 17 February.

Visit www.bbff.com.au for more information and to subscribe for exclusive presale offers, or find the festival on Facebook.