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Byron VIP Travel

Byron Bay International Film Festival 2011

Friday 4th March to Sunday 13th March

For the Full Byron Bay Film Festival Program, click on link to Official Website

http://www.bbff.com.au/programme

The full online programme is live (with additional images added in the next 24 hours) and our free 40 page programme is in this week’s Echo with full details of all the films and free events happening at BBFF2011. BBFF 2011 will feature a staggering 200+ films including 135 World & Australian Premieres and 47 Byron Premieres

Opening & Closing Nights

Our festival always begins and ends with a bang. As we have many filmmakers attending from Australia and abroad our guestlist is extensive so tickets to the public are limited. Don’t be disappointed – tickets are on sale now at www.byroncentre.com.au.You’ll get the star treatment at our Red Carpet events. Both of these Gala nights will be catered by the Beautiful Feast. Their menus are created using primarily local organic and free range ingredients – offering dishes that highlight the best in artisan and seasonal produce this region has to offer. From Brunswick oysters, Jordans’ Organic Breads, Alstonville Chicken, Cooper Shoot Tomatoes and river prawns (if they running) – to name a few.Big Thanks goes to our sponsor – Cheese Please who will augment the menu with a selection from their range, and to our beverage sponsors – Coopers 62 and Fox Creek Wines. 

OPENING NIGHT Friday March 4th

Tickets $35

The Red Carpet Gala Opening Night will once again set the scene for this year’s spectacular ten-night, nine-day international film festival. The official celebrations begin Friday 4 March with none other than Australia’s very own screen icon, Jack Thompson, opening the 5 Byron Bay International Film Festival. 

Force of Nature -The David Suzuki Film

For the first time since life appeared on earth, one species – us – is single-handedly altering the physical, chemical and biological nature of earth. We have become a force of nature” – David Suzuki

David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivers a “last lecture” – what he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die”. Filmed before a live audience, in front of a memory box of moving, distilled images, he articulates a core, urgent message: we have exhausted the limits of the biosphere and it is imperative that we re-think our relationship with the natural world.

Suzuki looks unflinchingly at the strains on our interconnected web of life – and out of our dire present circumstances, he offers up a blueprint for sustainability and survival.

The film interweaves the lecture with scenes from the places and events in Suzuki’s life. As such, the film is a biography of ideas – forged by the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years revealing a side previously unseen.

GALA PARTY Saturday March 12th

Early Bird Tickets $25

With Sunday 13 March the final day of film festivities, be sure to join us as we wind-down the 2011 BBFF with another Red Carpet Gala Party on Saturday 12. A handful of our top awards will be handed out, including the big one for Best Film.This red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including you, our much-valued patrons and supporters. 

The Wedding Party

THE WEDDING PARTY is a sexy romantic comedy about the gloriously flawed Thompson family whose individual love lives range from deviant to delicious to downright desperate. For the Thompson family, sex is much harder than love. Steve Thompson, a lovable anti-hero, is the youngest son in the family. In a bid to save himself from financial ruin, Steve does the unthinkable and agrees to marry Ana, a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash. The only problem is – Steve is in love with Jackie, who is a not a great fan of convenient marriages, especially when they involve the man she loves.

About Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay and the northern NSW region are home to a substantial number of filmmakers. In response to this, our inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival in February 2006 focused on screening the back catalogue of our local filmmakers’ work plus other Australian films. However, the immediate and enthusiastic audience feedback from this festival motivated the management team to expand the screenings to include international films, a positive drawcard for an expanding international audience.

In 2007 our festival featured over 100 films from 24 different countries, including 46 Australian Premieres and 15 World Premieres. Byron Bay’s international reputation as a holiday hotspot encouraged filmmakers and delegates from China, Sri Lanka, the USA and the UK to attend the festival.

In 2008 we expanded the festival even further, hosting 30 sessions that screened 150 films from 34 countries – over 100 of these films were either World or Australian Premieres.

BBFF has the good fortune to be located in one of Australia’s most desirable locations – a community renowned worldwide for its focus on style and innovative design, green values, and multicultural creativity.

The Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF) made its debut in 2006 as a fundraising initiative for the Byron Community and Cultural Centre (BCCC) through the efforts of our Executive Producer Greg Aitken and local filmmakers. Although the ongoing growth of BBFF has established the need for its formation into an independent organisation, the festival management still work in close association with the BCCC as not only a festival venue, but as an interactive relationship to ensure the greatest benefits for both the community and the on-going growth of our community event.

A Word From the Patron

Byron Bay has an international film festival where important film is being screened that can change and influence people for life.Civilisations come and go. The only things that remain are the history of that civilisation and the art of that civilisation. Everything else crumbles and is sacrificed in the end. The arts are thus very important and the art of film combines all the other arts and is the greatest gift to the times we live in. Usually abused and misused because of our rampant consumerism.

Film festivals like the Byron Bay International Film Festival are free from commercial pressures and therefore are very important. They give the people a voice and celebrate their diversity. I am proud to be associated with your festival and wish to congratulate the people who made this fourth film festival possible.

Paul Cox

Film Writer Director