Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay International Film Festival
Byron Bay International Film Festival
PO Box 194
NSW 2481
Byron Bay, Australia

Tel: 61 2 6687-1797

Festival Overview

Located in a sub-tropical surfing paradise BBFF provides a platform for filmmakers at all stage of their careers. We believe in creating opportunities wherever possible and we aim to profile selected filmmakers and promote their films both before and after our festival. We bring the work of talented creatives to an appreciative and intelligent audience. Our festival is attended and nominated films are judged by some of the heavyweights of the Australian Film Industry.


Best Film, Short Film, Young Australian Filmmaker (under 25), Animation, Experimental, Surfing, Drama, Documentary, Environmental, Music Video and Cinematography. 2 new awards were added in 2016 - Best CinematicVR Experience and Best Interactive VR Experience.

2017 sees the debut of our Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Contest which awards US$2500 to the winner.


Action Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Children Comedy Documentary Drama Experimental Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Historical Independent Jewish Music Video National Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Student Thriller Women

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Jaimee Skippon-Volke


Open to the public


Films of all lengths and genres which were not screened before January 1st 2015 are welcome to enter with awards available in the categories of Best Film, Short Film, Young Australian Filmmaker (under 25), Animation, Experimental, Surfing, Drama, Documentary, Environmental and Cinematography.

The Byron Bay Film Festival is an Australian International Film Festival that screens a diverse programme of films, of ALL LENGTHS and ALL GENRES, many of which reflect the interests and values of our unique local community - maintaining a strong emphasis on social and environmental issues, human rights, diversity and multiculturalism, creativity, indigenous culture, spirit, healing, connecting to nature, conscious thinking and positive living, music of every variety, colourful characters, humour and, of course being Byron Bay, surfing.


Providing us with a high resolution screener copy is preferable, if you are sending us some kind of physical screener (Bluray or USB key) we ask for 2 error-free Discs or Drives for viewing by the selection committee. When received these will be quickly captured and quality checked. Due to the volume of submissions if both copies are found to be faulty the film submission will automatically be rejected with no refunds.

Unless you possess a DCP copy of your film we will consider your screening copy to be the Exhibition version of the film (therefore High Definition delivery via Blu-Ray, USB Thumb Drive, vimeo download etc is preferable). For this reason Screener Films should NOT have burnt-in time-code or watermark titles (excluding subtitles).

We love Vimeo, hopefully you do too - if you opt to send us a link to your film on vimeo please make sure the download option is activated on Vimeo and/or FilmFreeway upon acceptance.


See out submissions portals on filmfreeway and withoutabox

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