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

2018, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Thu 28th Jun 18
Fri 12th Oct to Sun 21st Oct

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


Action Action Adaptation Adaptation Adventure Adventure Advertising Animation Animation Art-house Art-house Asian Asian Black Black Black Comedy Black Comedy Bollywood Children Children Comedy Comedy Crime Disaster Disaster Documentary Documentary Drama Drama Educational Educational Erotic Erotic Experimental Experimental Family Family Fantasy Fantasy Foreign Language Foreign Language French French Gangster Gay and Lesbian Gay and Lesbian Ghost Ghost Historical Historical Horror Independent Independent Jewish Jewish Legal Martial Arts Martial Arts Medical Murder Mystery Music Video Music Video Musical Musical Mystery National National Natural History Noir Period Period Political Political Reality Religious Religious Romance Romance Science Fiction Science Fiction Short Short Silent Silent Sport Spy Student Student Supernatural Supernatural Teen Thriller Thriller Travel TV War Western Women 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 2016 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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