The team behind the 14t h Byron Bay International Film Festival have decided to create a unique hybrid program of events across the Festival’s planned dates. With social distancing regulations limiting social activities and venue capacities, they have reinvented the festival, keeping their eye firmly on the goal of continuing to support and highlight film talent.
The Festival will be rolling out the red carpet and presenting a select season of films at
its two Byron venues, Palace Cinemas and Byron Theatre. The Festival team are hoping to increase the number of sessions being shown in the festival program, depending on demand, but the intention is to create ‘A Taste of BBFF’, whetting film lovers’ appetites for a 2021 return and a full program of events.
A highlight of the festival will be the NSW Premiere of Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra – A feature documentary co-written and co-directed by Nel Minchin (Making Muriel, Matilda & Me) and Northern Rivers local Wayne Blair (Cleverman, The Sapphires). Marking Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary, Firestarter tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers —Stephen, David and Russell Page – took a dance company in its infancy and turned it into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of the arts as a messenger for social change and healing.
For the full program of films including dramatic features, documentaries and competition nominees, go to: http://www.bbff.com.au