Byron Bay International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Byron Bay International Film Festival
SINCE: 2006
WHERE: Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
WEBSITE: www.bbff.com.au
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Launching in 2005, the BBFF has established a reputation for showcasing a range of films with an emphasis on content that seeks to raise social, cultural and environmental awareness. Locating the festival within Australia’s largest regional film hub, BBFF attracts industry folk, artists, film buffs, local residents and tourists with a program that caters to these different audiences, offering Adults Only sessions, Family sessions and screening works that celebrate our local community, its values and environment.

WHEN MY SORROW DIED Leads Winners of 2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival

WHEN MY SORROW DIED Leads Winners of 2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke (centre), Producer, Matt Huffman (left) and Master Thereminist Armen Ra of WHEN MY SORROW DIED: THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA & THE THEREMIN. (right)

This weekend, the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, came to a close, and announced the awarding winning films and filmmakers. Opening Night’s film, WHEN MY SORROW DIED: THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA & THE THEREMIN, took two of the most coveted awards, Best Film and Best Documentary. It’s subject, master theremin player Armen Ra, attending from Los Angeles said, “I was honestly really surprised and grateful and humbled to win these awards. This town has shown us so much love that it’s going to be very hard to leave; however, I will return!”

 “I think we won these awards because the people of Byron Bay resonated with the message we’re trying to get across in their own ways: embracing and celebrating individuality”.

The 8th Byron Bay international Film Festival awards were announced as follows:

GASLAND PART II to have Australian Premiere at 2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival | VIDEO Watch Trailer

GASLAND PART II to have Australian Premiere at 2014 Byron Bay International Film Festival | VIDEO Watch Trailer

GASLAND PART 2

GASLAND PART II, the follow up to Emmy Award-winning and Oscar®-nominated director Josh Fox’s groundbreaking documentary, GASLAND that exposed the truth, lies and corruption in the natural gas industry and inspired communities worldwide to act, will have its Australian Premiere on Saturday 1st March at the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival.  GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing the world today.

Australia’s Byron Bay International Film Festival Taking Place through March 9; Opens with Australian premiere of WHEN MY SORROW DIED

Australia’s Byron Bay International Film Festival Taking Place through March 9; Opens with Australian premiere of WHEN MY SORROW DIED

WHEN MY SORROW DIED: THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA & THE THEREMINWHEN MY SORROW DIED: THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA & THE THEREMIN

Described as “Australia’s independent showcase for the edgiest filmmakers on the planet,” the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival kicked off on Friday, February 28th and runs through March 9th, 2014.  The festival opened with the Australian premiere of WHEN MY SORROW DIED: THE LEGEND OF ARMEN RA & THE THEREMIN – the candidly told life story of Armen Ra, who toured with Nick Cave and whose performance Debby Harry describes as ‘beyond’.  RISE OF THE ECO WARRIORS closes the festival.15 brave and passionate young people and one scientist step up against rampant destruction in Borneo to save its Orangutans.