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Shorts | Features | Documentaries | Animations | Experimental Films | Surf Films | Environmental Films | Music Videos | Workshops | Discussion Panels

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J’aimee Skippon-Volke Festival Director It’s been five years since 2006 and the inaugural Byron Bay Film Festival. During this time the festival has grown considerably with the number of films we screen leaping from 55 to a staggering 200. It is now embraced by filmmakers from around Australia and the world and each year there are a greater number making the effort to show up at (what is now) the Byron Bay International Film Festival to introduce their films and share their work with our audiences. Selected out of over 800 entries, all of the films screening at BBFF2011 have been assiduously chosen for their inclusion because of the quality of their stories, characters and production. When looking through all these submissions, it didn’t take long to realise that a common theme was surfacing – that it ‘only takes one to create change: one idea, one person, one movement’. Many of the films on offer at BBFF 2011 are about individuals who are passionately engaged in making a difference in their own lives, or in the lives of others, or for those without a voice. The team at BBFF hopes that our 2011 Official Selection will empower our audiences with the knowledge that change begins at home – that each individual is able to stand up for what they believe in, and that starting the wheels of positive change in motion is the beginning of making a difference.

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About the Programme Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the programme. We apologise for any errors or oversights since going to print. For continually updated information visit the festival website at

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The BBFF 2011 Award Nominees are:

The BBFF 2011 Judges include: Esei Tokovou of Tavarua George Papadopoulas of Accent Film Entertainment J’aimee Skippon-Volke of BBFF John Campbell of The Echo John Godrey of SBS Lyn McCarthy of BayFM Madeleine Faught of Rainforest Rescue Madeline Palmer of ABC/Rage Mike Vile of Rialto Distribution Nick Hayes of Dendy Osvaldo Alfaro of GreenhouseFX Peter Castaldi of Pack Screen Rosy Whelan of Whelan Productions Rusty Miller of Rusty’s Guide Stella Do of Arclight Films Steve Barilotti of Surfer Magazine Wayne Young

Southern Cross University Best Film Force of Nature Leave Them Laughing Among Us Nauta The Wedding Party Coopers Best Dramatic Feature The Wedding Party Among Us Nauta Hipsters Twenty Ten

Tavarua Best Surf Film God Went Surfing With The Devil The Still Point First Love Rio Breaks El Mar Mi Alma

GCD Best Cinematography Potilas Le Miroir The Armoire Punch Drunk Physics of Surfing

Byron At Byron Best Environmental Film Force of Nature Queen of the Sun This Way of Life River Dogs Ciclovida: Lifecycle

Hipsters Best Experimental Film Slate The Bellows March Pixels Babioles MyDrChain The Third & The Seventh Meniscus

The Echo Best Byron Film All BBFF 2011 Northern Rivers’ Filmmakers are Nominees

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SAE Institute Best Short Film Potilas The Terms Le Miroir The Telegram Man The Armoire The Edge of Reality

Cheese Please Best Music Video Splitting The Atom I remember Get Sweet So Light is her footfall Dirtgirlworld: Rejoice – The Happy Song


When a ragtag bunch of hippies started a newspaper in 1986, no one ever imagined it would still be thriving 25 years later. The Echo Doco – Born To Be Trouble highlights the police abuse, the zany characters, the scandals, the tragedies, and the anarchic idealism that gave rise to ‘the voice of the community’.

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Gala Opening Night Gala Party Friday 4th Saturday 12th 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 4th March with none other than Australia’s very own screen icon, Jack Thompson, opening the 5th Byron Bay International Film Festival. Jack’s latest film, The Telegram Man, (screening Saturday the 5th) is the first short film he’s made and is nominated for BBFF’s Best Short Film Award.

With Sunday 13th 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 12th. A handful of our top awards will be given out, including the big one for Best Film.

Venue The Byron Bay International Film Festival is held at the Byron Community Centre at 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. We are delighted to also be holding two Lismore screening sessions at Birch Carroll & Coyle on the corner of Keen and Zadoc Streets – see pages 37 and 38 for details. Seating in the Byron Community Centre is intimate and limited to only 246 patrons. We highly recommend booking in advance for any of the popular evening sessions − and especially for the BBFF highlight Red Carpet Gala Parties. To avoid the disappointment of being turned away from seeing a film that you have your heart set on, booking early is the key.

This red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including you, our much-valued patrons and supporters. As we like to celebrate in style, we offer a complimentary drink and Opening night partygoers will also be treated delights from The Beautiful Feast as you once to two of the finest films from this year’s vast again have the opportunity to mix with the selection. Following the screenings, guests creative talent behind your favourite local and Evening sessions and Gala Party tickets are may enjoy a complimentary drink and international BBFF films. available online at locally sourced cuisine created BBFF’s Patron acclaimed Director All sessions can be booked in advance with a by The Beautiful Feast as they Paul Cox will be joining the credit card over the phone by calling 6685 6807. mingle with filmmakers and festivities along with many of To buy tickets in person go to the Byron enjoy the company of other the BBFF 2011 Filmmakers. Community Centre Box Office, 69 Jonson film lovers and aficionados. As we say goodbye to new Street, Byron Bay. During the festival, the But…with limited tickets friends made at BBFF we box office is open every day from 10am available to this evening all have something to look until 7.30pm. Pre-festival opening hours are of fine film, food and wine, forward to BBFF2012! between 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. please be sure to book early. Ticket prices start from $6.50 for screenings to $25-$35 for Red Carpet Gala celebrations. Our website is a great place to go for latest information about the films, filmmakers and the festival.


Family-friendly films Our programme contains more family-friendly films than ever. Many of the sessions at our festival are either suitable for accompanied children (General Admission) or Over 15s (MA15+). Some short films preceding G/ PG feature films may not be appropriate for your child and we ask that parents review the classification of each film on our website when making their family’s viewing selection.










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So much more than The 5000 Days Project: Australia just food… ‘The Beautiful Feast’ catering ‘The Beautiful Feast’ is the exclusive caterer for 2011 BBFF. This locally owned and run business is a good fit for a festival committed to enhancing local involvement and supporting local businesses. The Beautiful Feast has a mandate to use local, sustainable and humanely reared produce. They proudly guarantee that 70% of their food is supplied from primary producers located within the A very exciting adjunct to this year’s festival Byron, Tweed and Ballina shires. relates to a return visit by US filmmaker Rick Owner Sian Butt says this is the philosophy Stevenson. Rick is no stranger to BBFF. We first that she strives to uphold, and although this met him in 2007 when he flew over to screen occasionally does present challenges (like his wonderfully quirky film Expiration Date, seasonality), she feels that rising to these and he’s been coming to the festival every year challenges in the long term is important so we since to either support films or present festival learn, as a community and region, to look after workshops. ourselves by more self-sufficient means. Now he’s returning to give something quite At our Gala Events ‘The Beautiful Feast’ will offer special back to our community – specifically dishes that highlight the best in artisan and to our youth. A committed advocate for the seasonal produce this region has to offer. From positive development and well being of kids, Brunswick oysters, Jordan’s Organic Breads, in 2001 Rick initiated a documentary project – Alstonville Chicken, Cooper Shoot Tomatoes, the 5000 Days Project. Similar to the British ‘7 river prawns (if they running) and Nimbin and Up’ series, Rick asked a selected number of irrigation-free brown rice to name but a few. 10 -12 year old boys and girls to answer a series Through-out BBFF audience members will have of intimate questions. He then reinterviewed the opportunity to experience The Beautiful them annually over the next seven years. Feast’s fare as a selection of their snacks and These ‘portraits’ have the quality of time-lapse photography – like seeing a flower bloom – as savouries will be on sale at the venue. what emerges is a compelling set of stories documenting the dreams and changes of a child’s narrative throughout their young adult years.

countries the opportunity to share their stories and gain a remarkable portrait of themselves growing up. The 5000 Days Project starts its seven year Australian run in Byron Bay with auditions taking place for twenty local kids during the festival period. Judging from the participant response to this exciting documentary project, the Australian version is going to showcase some very interesting and energetic north coast kids!

Lismore screenings BBFF’s new 2011 partnership with Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas in Lismore offers folks who live inland from the coast much easier access to some of this year’s quality film submissions. Although we have to start ‘small’ and can only offer a limited programme at BC&C, who knows what lies ahead in the future. Two sessions will grace the screens at BC&C, featuring local films, some of the best animations and shorts from the festival and two stellar documentaries.

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8 Free Events BBFF hosts a series of free events which benefit both filmmakers and film lovers. It is our hope that these events serve to build an appreciation of screen culture, new artistic media or a new skills base for those who attend.

Turning Point – at the Top Shop Turning Point is a photographic exhibition by Rusty Miller, showcasing a significant collection of his surf photos from the 1970s which includes many photos from Lennox/Byron of the days in which Paul Witzig’s film ‘Sea of Joy’ was being filmed: the p ­ eople, the dogs, the old cars and the pure uncrowded ­atmosphere. The exhibition opens march 3rd at the Top Shop at 5:30pm until March 11th.

Experimental Film Showcase As the digital divide diminishes and more of the world’s population gains access to technology, new versions of creative expression can be experimented with on screen. Throughout the festival in the evenings when the Filmmakers bar is open we will screen a selection of experimental films from around the world. The showcase includes the world premieres of 3 locally produced experimental films:

BBFF 2011 Eastern Light Meditations directed by Sean O’Shea and produced by Tracey Anderssen this collaborative work by three Byron Bay-based artists features musician Geoff Southward and surreal images of Byron Bay.

introduce some 21st century innovations that follow the grand tradition of light and sound as complementary partners.

Serafinell by David Roupell is a musical and visual journey where the separate artwork images dissolve into each other and create a third magical image in the process.

“Outback and Beyond: A Live Australian Western” is a new collaboration between Mike Cooper and Grayson Cooke. It is a meeting of cultural and musical traditions as much as a melange of digital and analogue media; to Mike’s soundtrack of deconstructed Blues, lap-steel guitar and processed electronics, Grayson performs a live re-mix of archival footage of the Australian outback, from titles from the 1920s to the 1950s held by the National Film and Sound Archive. The unique result is a live “Australian Western,” a meditation on Australian iconography and mythography, the dusty, hard-bitten DNA of national identity.

The Doors by Raimond de Weerd consists of numerous scenes from Film Noir genre movies and shows the viewer that this classic film genre relied on very simple means to create suspense, drama, anger and revelation through clever use of doors. Check our website for details of when these three films will screen. Other experimental showcase films are listed in detail on page 10.

Free Live Audio-Visual Performances Light and sound – those are the heart of the movie. Recorded on celluloid or digital media it can travel the globe at the speed of the national broadband network. But it wasn’t always that way. The early days of film often had live pianists or organists accompanying. Later, enhanced sound systems enhanced the visuals. Now, BBFF is delighted to

Tuesday, 8th March 9.30pm

Thursday 10 March, 9.30pm “Sound Crucible” presents an evening welcoming the alien, the UFO, cheering for the outsider and embracing the other. Muttboy and VJ Nuth’n, combine to present an experimental audio/visual performance with real time interventions with true grit and great love. Tralala Blip, fresh from Disembraining Machine, will sonically explore current concerns such as “soccer in outer space” and “dinosaurs versus robots”. Co.polymer will weigh in with the ‘Sound of Concrete’ and will tell you ‘Why Robots Make Good Lovers’ before chilling you right down with a sneak Byron preview of their magnum opus “The Ice Suite”.

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PROGRAMME Free Workshops & Discussion Panels BBFF seeks to augment the festival experience by providing free events for filmmakers - whether you are a professional, a fledgling filmmaker or a curious film buff, we have something for you. 2011 sees us hosting a forum from Arts Northern Rivers for Artists too. Being held in the SCU Room upstairs at the Byron Community Centre, our workshops and panels are run by top specialists in their field and admission is free.

presenters include Ilka Blue Nelson from the Last Tree and Kamya O’Keefe, Director, Cultivate, Arts & Cultural Management Consultancy. Limited spaces available. For more information or to register your interest please email au or call 6628 8120. This forum is followed by Cultures of Resistance at 12.30pm, tickets $6.50, which explores if art, poetry, music and dance can be weapons of peace?

Running from 90 minutes to 2+ hours some sessions require registration and we ask that you arrive promptly and stay for the whole session. Tea and coffee will be provided. Detailed information regarding these free events can be found at www.

Wednesday March 9, 10am

Sunday March 6, 1pm

Workshop: Switching On New Screens Gil Scrine, founder of Antidote Films, explores how video-on-demand is switching on new screens for doco makers. A recently formed partnership between Brisbane-based distributor, Antidote Films, and Sydney-based Pan Pacific Interactive will carve out a new niche in the VOD market after receiving funding under Screen Australia’s Innovative Distribution program to research and develop a new VOD, documentary-focused, multi-platform distribution pipeline. Alongside an impressive slate which includes McLibel and The Corporation Antidote Films are distributors for the NZ doco, This Way of Life. Gil will discuss the challenges of bringing this Oscar-shortlisted film to Australian screens. This workshop is followed by This Way of Life at 4pm.

Monday March 7, 10am – 12pm

Forum: Art, Environment and Sustainable Practice Arts Northern Rivers, as a part of their Creative Communities program, invites your participation in and contribution to an initial conversation on Art Environment and Sustainable Practice. Attendees will be encouraged to engage in discussion and present their experiences and aspirations. Guest

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Workshop: Navigating The Rapids Producer Gabrielle Dalton (Soundtrack to War, Rampage & The Miscreants of Taliwood) has worked on documentaries where the choice of decisions made all the difference, Gabrielle will share some of her own examples of how to deal with critical situations that may arise. She invites you to take out your paddle and open your mind to riding the opportunities for decision making that exist – day to day – while in production. In the end these decisions define the style and success of your film. So instead of seeing these ‘rapids’ as something to dread and resist, allow them to open you to the inventive and creative possibilities they afford.

9 Hodge (The Economics of Happiness) and Jane Hanckel (Inspired Foundation) will talk about their challenges and opportunities in an interactive panel discussion hosted by Geof Webb, the eco-brandit.

Friday March 11, 4pm

Discussion Panel: The Evolution of Surf Film How has surf filmmaking changed since it emerged as its own film genre? And where is it heading to from here? From the early days of scratchy celluloid footage of waves, wax and babes, surf films have come a long way. Gone are the days when surf film making was just about ‘living the dream’. The dream has become a reality, and it’s brought a whole lot of awareness along with it. This insightful panel features Byron’s own surfing legend Rusty Miller; along with First Love’s Claire Gorman & Clare Plueckhahn; Derek Hynd & Surfer Magazine’s editor-at-large Steve (Barlo) Barilotti (Wave of Compassion, Minds in the Water, 180 South, and the Emmy-winning Kokua).

Saturday March 12, 10.30am

Workshop: Composing for Screen In this workshop presented by Screenworks with the support of APRA, Rafael May reveals what was involved in composing for the feature thriller The Reef. He will cover: understanding and working to a brief, working with producers and directors, working on genre films and inspirations in composing for screen.

Friday March 11, 10.30am

Discussion Panel: Sense and Sustainability – More Green for the Screen How can the film industry best respond to the current agenda of environmental, social and economic sustainability in terms of content and production? How can funding bodies and policy makers support sustainable development in the screen industry? What challenges are faced and what does the future hold? Drawing on the experiences of producers and policy-makers Cate McQuillen (dirtgirlworld) Tara Wardrop (Associate Producer) and Georgia Hine (PR/marketing) from the Deforest ACTION project Tony Duke (Arts Northern Rivers), Helena Norbert-

Rafael May is a multi award winning composer and creator of diverse soundtracks for film, fashion and commercials. He has composed music for a trilogy of feature thrillers in the last three years: Black Water, Road Train and The Reef (2010) with an orchestral terror score. To register your attendance email au or phone 02 6687 1599. The Reef screens on Friday March 11 at 10.15pm.


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Experimental Showcase A Moment of Grace

What are we if not the sum of experience and memory?

BMX (City of Satellites)

A visually abstracted interpretation of the haunting, angelic feeling emitted by City of Satellites’ track BMX

Buppa – Flaster Master

Music video of the Hungarian artist called Buppa!


Cloudtank is a film that uses clouds to call up real and imagined images out of memory, allowing us to submit to the pleasure of illusion.

Cruising the Urban Inferno from the 4th Floor

A city portrait and stop-motion/timelapse piece composed of over 2,000 digital photographs.


WW2 binoculars makes him set out on The Beast Pageant the last guerrilla mission. A man who goes on an adventure. His only companion is a giant machine. Monarda Haryana An exploration through digital Inside the machine is a man and a Tracing the passage of a rural Indian manipulation of plants, flowers and woman who take care of Abraham’s every need. Abraham drifts through Wedding birds. daily life until a tiny singing cowboy Hope Even Flowers Wake Up In The bursts from his stomach and leads him A man wakes in a dark foreboding Morning into the wild. forest, he is drawn towards the dawning Memories are the only thing left. The Bellows March light and is ‘born’ into the world with its Ondar Ahoak A contemplation of the destructive and infinite possibilities... Memories, tuna and loss expressive potential of humans, and If these walls could talk observes these extremes as an eternal If walls can hold memories, and One cycle. Moments of time. buildings can have ghosts, what sort The Doors of echoes linger in the units of our old Peter in Radioland style psychiatric institutions as they A carefully observed study of the Consisting of numerous scenes from near closure? Director’s father Peter, who stubbornly Film Noir genre movies The Doors shows the viewer that this genre remains in an analogue world. Je t’aime relied on very simple means to create Memories flow from the simplest tasks. Portland Cello Project ‘Denmark’ suspense, drama, anger and revelation A lovable crustacean of mixed origin through clever use of doors. Juice struggles to escape his underwater A journey to Las Vegas with an HD home when it becomes threatened by The Necessities of Life camera to capture pure energy. The human conflict between basic pollution. physical requirements and the need for Kenosis Reflections of Papua New culture. A writer suddenly awakes in the middle

Extreme weather conditions lash the of the night. He works through the plateau keeping people in a state of night on what will be his masterpiece constant struggle, from which there is only to find that it will come at a price. no escape.

Digital Intermediated Swimming

La Nota

Fate can be written anywhere.

La Reina Vampira


Till My Voice is Gone



People’s reactions as they see their A man and a woman fall in love at a reflection, perhaps for the very first time. nursing home. 16 people describe their remedies for a A reflection on humanity’s ecological common ailment. relationship and the ritual of restoration. Power is drawn from the ROXY A man takes a trip with his dog, with a colours and forms of the discarded flower image through the use of time, very personal destination in mind. pattern and rhythm.

In an old, abandoned film processing As he attempts to confront his own laboratory, films float in developing issues, a writer is absorbed and solutions like waterweeds. dominated by the world he creates, where a lonesome, beautiful girl awaits Serafinell Dry the fate he wrote for her: becoming The A musical and visual journey where the Desire and torment. Vampire Queen. separate artwork images dissolve into Eastern Light Meditations each other and create a third magical Surreal images of Byron Bay convey the Landscapes at the World’s Ends image in the process. A non-verbal visual journey to the polar sacredness of Byron Bay and remind us of the power of nature and the regions of our planet portrayed through Stirring importance of living sustainably with a triptych montage of photography and Inner conflict without verbal video. Recorded above the Arctic Circle communication. the planet. and below the Antarctic Convergence, Fusion Series Sunset to Sunset viewed through the lens of an alien in A visual experience experimental film In a city known for its love of cars, one this environment, the polar tourist. that uses a back-and-forth technique pedestrian with a Super 8 camera walks by combining two images into one Les epouvantails across Los Angeles, coming face to face image by cutting back and forth every A love story takes place between two with the metropolis instead of watching two frames. scarecrows. it blur by through a windshield.


Liberation in 26 Pictures


Un occhio non dimentica

Old, familiar 8mm films are treated with acid and enamel to create a worn out image as a perfect metaphor of memories.

Waldo’s People – I wanna be a rockstar

A mischievous kid driving a tricycle confronts some hard ass rockers.

Where’s Your Head At

Connect four on the disco dance floor. Light, liquid, shape and colour locked into a pixel playground.

Written in Pencil

A mixture of 2D and after effects bring A forgotten old partisan leads a lonely Music video for Melbourne band An everyday train voyage slowly turns environmental illustrations to life. life. One day something he sees with his Seagull’s track ‘Tea’. into a nightmare.


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High School & Primary School Sessions BBFF 2011 is very pleased to once again offer these special sessions for our local youth. The overwhelmingly positive feedback from the schools that attended last year definitely provided us the incentive to keep these sessions happening. Film culture is alive and well and extremely popular amongst our growing youth! The only challenges for the BBFF team related to selecting these specific programme sessions. Not that we had to hunt to find the right films, as so many of the submitted films offer ageappropriate themes as well as being entertaining and inspiring. Which is the point – there was so much on offer. So many films that give something back to the viewer. So many that will make kids laugh or think, or want to talk about them afterwards. So many that may well stimulate a future award-winning filmmaker.

Lizard Australia | 2.5 min | Dir/Prod John Skibinski | Animation | Byron Premiere | 2009 | G

An Australian frilled neck lizard’s simple attempts to get a meal escalate into a full-blown dilemma.

the unwilling clown of a circus run by poodles.

High School Sessions

Solving Problems – Zero Budget Filmmaking

River Dog

UK | 16 min | Dir/Prod: Filipe Maciel | Doc | M

New Zealand | 25 min | Dir/Prod: Daniel Oscar Hunter, James Muir | Environmental doc | Australian Premiere | 2010 | PG

A documentary about independent horror movie filmmakers in England and making films on a shoestring.

A man, his dogs and their mission to save the Pahaoa River. A story about hope, determination and standing up for what is right.

Willem and the Whales USA | 2.5 min | Dir/Prod: Kate Miller | Doc | Australian Premiere | 2009 | G

Willem is five years old and has a lot on his mind.

The Adjustable Cosmos Australia | 21 min | Dir: Adam Duncan | Prod: Julie Turner | Animation | Byron | 2010 | PG

In the fifteenth century, three worthies come together to tackle the Emperor’s disastrous horoscope.

Toxic Soil Busters A group of young people have formed their own organisation to deal with, and eliminate, the residual pollution resulting from the use of lead-based house paints.

The Telegram Man

Primary School Sessions


Australia | 14 min | Dir: James Khehtie | Prod: Victoria Wharfe McIntyre | Short | 2011 | PG

Canada | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Rob Silvestri | Animation | 2010 | G

Ormie is a pig, in every sense of the word.

The Morse Collectors United Kingdom | 16.5 min | Dir: | David Cooke | Prod: Crawford Anderson-Dillon, Gary Sugarman | Short 2008 | G

1942, a world at war. Two children are alone, waiting, hoping for a message.

Lola the Magnificent Australia | 9.5 min | Dir: Annika Salisbury | Prod: Heather Cassidy | Short | 2010 | G

When Harriet is sent to help the elderly and eccentric Lola clean her houseful of strange and magical curiosities, she discovers a world of colour and magic.

Australia/Canada | 11 min | MeMeMe Productions | Animation | G

Dirtgirl is a gumboot-wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and drives a big orange tractor.

Minnie Loves Junior Australia | 13.5 min | Dir: Andy Mullins, Matthew Mullins | Prod: Douglas Maskiell | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere | G

Minnie lives in a seaside fishing village. Junior lives there too.

Barko USA | 7.5 min | Dir: Allison Craig | Prod: Shannon Prynoski, Chris Prynoski | Animation | Australian Premiere | 2010

Barko is a lonely, unloved, and abused dog who has established himself as

Glen Owen Dodds Australia | 16 min | Dir: Frazer Bailey | Prod: Bec Dakin | Short | 2010 | PG

Michael Radcliffe was catching the bus this morning, like he does every day of his everyday life. He didn’t expect to have a five-minute sit-down with a mysterious man.

Cloud Factory USA | 8.32 min | Prod: Youth Voices | Australian Premiere | 2010 | G

USA | 7.29 min | Prod: Youth Voices | Doc | Australian Premiere | 2010 | G

This year’s high school and primary school programmes bring together a wealth of age-appropriate, entertaining, thought-provoking and engaging films that will delight its audiences.

Ormie the Pig

resigned himself to a life of petty crime. His only escape is his artwork. Until one day he steals from the right person.

During the long years of World War II, Australia’s small farming communities paid a terrible price.

Carving the Future New Zealand | 25 min | Dir/Prod: Guy Ryan, Nick Holmes | Doc | Australian Premiere | 2009 | G

The vision of vibrant future communities through the eyes of three passionate young New Zealanders as they lead inspirational projects to drive positive social change in their regions.

Bird Brain Australia | 8.5 min | Dir: Patrick McCabe | Prod: Patrick McCabe, Leanne Smith | Short | 2009 | Byron Premiere | PG

Brain lives with his mum, and he’s

A well-done first film put together and narrated by a young adult, this doco focuses on her determination to change the toxic pollution (from a factory) that is seriously impacting on the health of her community. Her passion ignites others to join her movement.

Vanishing USA | 5.22 min | Prod: Youth Voices | Australian Premiere | Music Video | 2010 | PG

Created by a young adult, this slick mix of music, real people and animation imparts a strong message on the lack of insight by politicians and how their focus on economic priorities fails to deal with real needs, and the impact of their policies on these.

Third and Fourth Australia | 8.5 min | Dir: Alex Barnes | Prod: Matthew Grehan Short | 2010 | Byron Premiere

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A man trades places with his cat to avoid the rat race.

Australia | 6 min | Dir/Prod: Adam Marr | Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Force of Nature Canada | 93 min | Dir: Sturla Gunnarsson | Prod: Janice Tufford, Sturla Gunnarsson, Yves J Ma | Documentary | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Film, Documentary & Environmental Film Nominee

“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.


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHORTS Canada | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Rob Silvestri | Animation | 12/1/2009 | Byron Premiere

Lizard Australia | 2.5 min | Dir/Prod: John Skibinski | Animation | 11/1/2009 | Byron Premiere

Ormie is a pig, in every sense of the word. Pig sees cookie. Pig wants cookie. But they are out of reach...or are they?

An Australian frilled neck lizard’s simple attempts to get a meal escalate into a full-blown dilemma and quest to stay alive.

Willem and the Whales

Willem is five years old and has a lot on his mind as he explains why people should stop whaling. Made to bring attention to the 2010 International Whaling Commission’s controversial stand USA | 2.5 min | Dir/Prod: Kate Miller on whaling | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Dirtgirlworld: Earth Day Animation | 11 min | Dir: Jean Camden, Hana Kukal, Justine Flynn | Prod: Cate McQuillen, Janice Walker | Music Video | 2009 | Best Animation Nominee

A Reluctant Bride Australia | 6 min | Dir: Shideh Faramand | Prod: Erfan Khadem | Short | 2010 | Byron Premiere

Backstage Australia | 3 min | Dir: Pierce Davison | Prod: Jacob Fjord | Animation | 2010 | NSW Premiere

Lola the Magnificent Australia | 9.5 min | Dir: Annika Salisbury | Prod: Heather Cassidy | Short | 2010 | NSW Premiere

It’s earth day in dirtgirlworld and it’s time for the earth day parade … a parade where all living things in dirtgirlworld come together to celebrate the little things they do everyday to help the earth survive.

Stuck at her younger sisters big fat Persian engagement party and surrounded by Persian women intent on securing her a husband of her own, our reluctant bride dodges and weaves the barrage of suitors and romantic setups.

Cynthia attempts to audition a new play she has written, but when her teacher forces her to read with Jeremy, the performance doesn’t go well.

Grey and grim Harriet is an 11-year-old who is far too sensible for her own good. When she is sent to help the elderly and eccentric Lola clean her houseful of strange and magical curiosities, Harriet discovers a world of colour and magic that is right at her fingertips. Filmmakers Annika Salisbury, Heather Cassidy and Grace Bentley will be in attendance.

Rubika France | 4 min | Claire Baudean, Ludovic Habas | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Also screening in Lismore Saturday March 5, 2.45pm – see page 37

Minnie Loves Junior

Minnie lives in a seaside fishing village. Junior lives there too. Little does he realise Minnie’s unrequited love will soon save his life!

Australia | 13.5 min | Dir: Andy Mullins, Matthew Mullins | Prod: Douglas Maskiell | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere MARCH 4-13, 2011

Welcome to Rubika, a planet with a fancy gravity.

Filmmakers Andy Mullins, Matt Mullins, Tom Birch & Doug Maskiell will be in attendance





BBFF 2011 ADULTS ONLY SHORTS The Confession of Father John Thomas


In the heart of the Australian outback lives Father John Thomas. During one of his seemingly innocent confessions he is caught out by God who pushes him to reveal his true self. Along with Mullumbimby | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Elka the filthy fantasies of fellow sinner Miss Beaver Eater, he finally Kerkhofs | Byron Bay Filmmaker | gets the balls to confess. Animantion | 2011 | World Premiere Filmmaker Elka Kerkhofs will be in attendance.

Cold Sore

After kissing a stranger in a bar, Jenna wakes up the next day to discover a nasty lesion – a simple cold sore, or is there a much more sinister cause?

Australia | 17.5 min | Dir: Matt Bird | Prod: Jaimi Chivers | Short | 2010 | Filmmakers Matt Bird & Jaimi Chivers will be in attendance. Australian Premiere

E-pigs Slovenia | 15 min | Dir: Petar Pasic | Prod: Ales Pavlin, Andrej Stritof | Short | 2009 | NSW Premiere

An ordinary husband and wife living in a tiny village are in shock when their favourite pig gives birth to tiny electronic/animated pigs. When different worlds collide, a love story is born, as well as new forms of chaos.

Santa: The Fascist Years USA | 3.5 min | Dir: Bill Plympton | Prod: Biljana Labovic | Animation | 2008 | Byron Premiere

Det Räcker Nu! Sweden | 11 min | Dir: Anders Ahlberg, Anna Östh | Prod: Anders Ahlberg | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Le Miroir France | 15 min | Dir: Sebastien Rossignol | Prod: Paul De Vulpillieres, La Combe Nathanael, Nicolas Bary | short | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film & Cinematography Nominee

We all think of Santa as “Jolly ole St. Nick”. But who knew that he has a dark, hidden past that’s very un-jolly? This short film uncovers and explores Santa’s flirtation with politics and greed.

Conny is fed up being the one who always has to dismember the bodies, plan the murders, cook, clean up and wash the bloodied clothes. Carina doesn’t even notice half of the work he puts in. Conny has had enough and a brutal fight for equality ensues.

Deeply traumatised and disfigured following a car crash, famous actress Vera Bella leaves Saint-James Hospital. In a manor edging the ocean, confined in her own silence, odd phenomena will force her to face her deepest fears.



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He arrives in a discotheque confused and without conviction. Suddenly, he sees Irene. He realises that while he observes her he experiences unique and indescribable feelings. He successfully predicts a succession of events, which intrigues Irene.

France | 2.5 min | Dir: Patrick Jean | Also screening in Lismore Saturday March 5, 2.45pm – see Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere | page 37 Best Experimental Film Nominee

At Home with the Jedi

A domestic portrait about faith, family and future.

United Kingdom | 9.5 min | Dir: Richard Simpson | Prod: Sarah Tiernay | Documentary | 2009 | Australian Premiere

The Valley of Dawn United Kingdom | 23.5 min | Adrienne Grierson | Adrienne Grierson | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

The people who live in the Valley of Dawn in Brazil believe they originate from the Planet Capela and that the fabulous and outrageous clothes they wear connect them to their interplanetary spirit guides. Do the energy of this tribe and their exotic and glamorous costumes really lead to a whole new spiritual life? Adrienne Grierson finds the answer in the most eccentric and colorful religion on earth.

Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery

On 6 April 1966, in the Australian suburb of Westall, hundreds of students, staff and local residents watched as a strange object hovered overhead for several minutes, Australia | 49 min | Dir: Rosie Jones | landed briefly, then lifted off and vanished. A mass of Prod: Carmel McAloon | Short Doc | excited students surged out of school and ran after the 2010 | Byron Premiere object. The incident was reported on television news that night and in the local newspapers. But despite the evidence, that day at Westall High School the headmaster called a special assembly. He told students and staff that they had not seen a flying saucer – in fact, they hadn’t seen anything at all. Forty-four years on, amateur sleuth Shane Ryan is stirring up the past. Motivated by a deep sense of injustice at how the students were treated, he’s tracking down former students and staff and searching for the authorities that presided over the day. Filmmakers in attendance for Q&A after screening.


Spain | 20 min | Dir: Tony Lopez, David Sanz | Prod: Raul Alvarez | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

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The Telegram Man Australia | 14 min | Dir: James Khehtie | Prod: James Khehtie, Victoria Wharfe McIntyre | Short | 2010 | Best Short Film Nominee

The Telegram Man stars three Australian screen legends: Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton. During the long years of World War II, Australia’s small farming communities paid a terrible price. In the rural towns of New South Wales, one family each week discovered that their son or husband or brother or father would not be coming home. In the throes of such grief, one seldom considers the man who delivers the news. Adapted from a short story by John Boyne, the awardwinning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Actor Jack Thompson and filmmakers James Khehtie and Victoria Wharfe McIntyre will be in attendance


A guard’s graveyard shift gets an unexpected turn.

Finland | 17 min | Dir: Misko Iho | Prod: Antti Kastari | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film & Cinematography Nominee

Änglavakt (Among Us) Sweden | 93 min | Dir: Johan Brisinger | Prod: Mikael Flodell | Dramatic Feature | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Film & Best Dramatic Feature Nominee


Chance rules in Ernst’s rational world while Cecilia is searching for a deeper meaning in what has happened. As they drift further and further apart a mysterious stranger with exceptional gifts changes their lives in an unexpected way. Dare to dream and anything is possible.

An animated road movie set across the vast and barren landscape of Australia’s Nullarbor Plain.

Australia | 10 min | Dir: Alistair Lockhart, Patrick Filmmakers Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers and Daryl Sarell | Prod: Daryl Munton, Merrin Jensen, Munton will be in attendance. Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers | Animation | 2010 | NSW Premiere | Best Animation Nominee


This is a strange kind of breakout, both an escape and a quest for an unknown goal, its solution a veiled reference.

France | 4 min | Dir: Ramy Dupont, Gaspard Roche | Animation | 2010 | Also screening in Lismore Saturday March 5, 2.45pm – see page 37 Australian Premiere

Splitting the Atom

The last of the last particles. Divisible, invisible…

France | 5 min | Dir: Edouard Salier | Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

Cosmic Jungle France | 5.5 min | Marie Ayme, Martin Brunet | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

I Remember UK | 9 min | Dir: Colin O’Toole | Prod: Micke Moran & Mojo Fuel | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee


A fiery dog with magic powers burst into an ordered urban universe and disrupts its perfect machinery.

An extended music video from Deadmau5 about the glory days of the illegal rave scene for his smash hit single with Kaskade ‘I Remember’.


Takes viewers on a journey through the rich history and philosophy of Ibiza. British actor, DJ, and budding tour guide Jimi Mistry walks the beat as the host of this decadent good time. Featuring appearances by David Guetta, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Danny Tengalia, Danny Rampling and many more!

Canada, United Kingdom | 80 min | Dir: Steve Jaggi | Prod: Lionel Hicks, Jimi Mistry, Kim Roberts, Director Steve Jaggi will be in attendance. Tina Pehme | Documentary | 2009 | Australian Premiere

Dirtgirlworld: It’s All About Balance Animation | 11 min | Dir: Jean Camden, Hana Kukal, Justine Flynn | Prod: Cate McQuillen, Janice Walker | Music Video | 2009

River Dog New Zealand | 25 min | Dir: Daniel Oscar Hunter, James Muir | Environmental | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Environmental Film Nominee

Wood of Value Norway | 16 min | Dir/Prod: Bjorn Bratberg | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Dirtgirlworld is a place where we find out that we protect what we love. As dirtgirl says... ’It’s all about balance’.

A documentary about a man, his dogs and their mission to save the Pahaoa River. Set in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand’s magnificent North Island, it is a story about hope, determination and standing up for what is right.

A tree’s journey from the forests of Norway to the metropolis of London. The annual tradition of transporting a Christmas tree across the North Sea has been observed for more than 60 years in appreciation of British aid during the Second World War.

Ciclovida: Lifecycle

This documentary pedals alongside a group of small farmers from Brazil who bicycle over 6,000 miles across the South USA | 74 min | Dir: Matt Feinstein, American continent. They use the year of travel to exchange Loren Feinstein, Philipe Ribeiro | natural seeds, songs, and ideas about new ways of relating to Prod: Matt Feinstein | Documentary the land. Moving stories from landless peasants, indigenous | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best communities and small farmers inform the travellers’ and Environmental Film Nominee viewers’ understanding of the struggle to survive in the face of the global agribusiness incursion and the takeover of mono-crops for making bio-fuel. With practically no money and no support crew, the protagonists rely entirely on their resourcefulness and the solidarity of people they meet along the way. They carry with them only the simplest of necessities, their radical ideas and philosophy, collected heirloom seeds, and a video camera.

SESSION 7 SUNDAY MARCH 6, 10.45AM – $6.50

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BBFF 2011 Monsterboards USA | 7 min | Dir/Prod: Matthew McGregor-Mento | Surf | 2010 | Australian Premiere

A Shore Thing USA | 8 min | Dir: Jess Manafort | Prod: Jess Manafort, Yari Hernandez | Short | 2010 | World Premiere

SESSION 8 SUNDAY MARCH 6, 1.30PM – $9/$11

The Physics of Surfing USA | 26 min | Dir: Greg Passmore | Surf | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee

Ocean Monk USA | 20 min | Dir: Sanjay Rawal | Prod: Sanjay Rawal, Mridanga Spencer | Surf | 2010 | Australian Premiere

A film about Eef, a surfer in Holland who makes and rides wooden surfboards with painted monsters on them in the freezing and junky surf of his home. Director Matthew McGregor-Mento will be in attendance.

A couple spends a day at the beach arguing about love. In the end, one of them does not find out that things aren’t always what they seem.

Explore the science of ocean waves and learn about surfing’s deep influence on culture while following professional surfers Julie Cox and Kyla Langen as they surf locations around the world.

Ocean Monk chronicles the inner and outer search of a group of monks who make their home in New York City. They discovered the beauty and power of the nearby surfing beaches and incorporated their love for the ocean into their search for enlightenment. Chosen to open New York Surf Film Festival, 2010.

The Still Point

A TS Eliot poem inspires a film about water and the ocean that is told by world’s Canada, France | 61 min | Dir/ legendary pioneer surfers. “At the still point Prod: Taki Bibelas | Surf | 2011 | of the turning world – Where past and Australian Premiere | Best Surf future are gathered – neither movement Film Nominee from nor towards – except for the point, the still point – ”There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” The images from these words bring us to a place where there is everything and nothing, an image found in Eastern thought and a concept found in quantum physics. What we learn from the ocean must surely apply to all of nature: plants, animals, people. Being in tune with life, understanding the concept of nothingness, having respect for everything, will in the end lead us down the path of seeing all things in a simpler way. The curl of the wave is a Fibonacci spiral, the golden ratio, a mathematical form found everywhere in nature from the shape of the galaxy, to patterns in plants, to the double-helix spiral of our own DNA. The Still Point explores our connection with water through the eyes of some of the world’s most legendary pioneer surfers. A film about waves, surf and the connection of all things.

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A Colourful Day

A day out with Australian artist Duncan James.

Sand Mountain

Setting off with a borrowed video camera, Kathryn McCool begins a solo journey through the American South to meet reclusive musician Cast King and attempt to find the America she had, as a youth, re-created and photographed in her own backyard in rural New Zealand. But was reality going to make mockery of her painstakingly conjured-up South?

Director Chester Dent and Producer Duncan James will be in Byron Bay | 8 min | Dir: Chester Dent | Prod: Duncan James | Short/ attendance. Exp | 2011 | World Premiere

Australia, USA | 34 min | Dir/Prpd: Kathryn McCool | Short Doc | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Documentary Nominee

Director Kathryn McCool will be in attendance.

This Way of Life

A lionhearted father struggles valiantly to create a life of idyllic simplicity for his family. Set against the imposing mountains New Zealand | 84 min | Dir: Thom and isolated beaches in a remote part of New Zealand, This Burstyn | Prod: Barbara Sumner Way of Life is an intimate portrait of a Maori family and their Burstyn | Documentary | 2009 | relationship with each other, nature and horses. Peter and Byron Premiere | Best Documentary Colleen Karena are in their early 30’s. They have six children and & environmental Film Nominee 50 horses and the land is their lifeblood. Masterful in the saddle and Hollywood handsome, Peter lives by his own values and honor. Though European, Peter was adopted into a Maori family and is Maori in all but skin. He is a horse whisperer, thinker, hunter, and builder. This Way of Life is a blueprint for how to live with little. It is a modern parable of one family’s unconventional and incredibly positive response to the questions that confront many families in these anxious times. This film is preceded by a workshop using the film as a case study. See page 8 for more details.

The Terms United Kingdom | 11.5 min | Dir: Jason LaMotte | Prod: Allon Wechsler | Short | 2010 | NSW Premiere | Best Short Film Nominee

A father and son forge a twisted pact: one shot will decide between freedom and death.

Smolarze – The Charcoal Burners

Every summer, Marek and Janina work as charcoal burners in the Bieszczady Mountains. Far from civilisation, in the heart of the mountains, they live according to the rhythm set by Poland | 15 min | Dir: Piotr Zlotorowicz nature. A visual anthem to the beauty of life. | Prod: Andrzej Bednarek | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere


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Family-Friendly Shorts Ormie Lizard Willem and the Whales Dirtgirlworld: Earth Day A Reluctant Bride Backstage Lola the Magnificent Rubika Minnie Loves Junior Adults Only Shorts The Confession of Father John Thomas Cold Sore E-pigs Santa: The Fascist Years Det räcker nu! Le Miroir Pixels Lastrain At Home with the Jedi The Valley of Dawn Westall ’66: A Suburban UFO Mystery Filmmaker Q&A The Telegram Man Potilas Among Us Nullarbor Evasion Splitting The Atom Cosmic Jungle I Remember And the Beat Goes On… Ibiza

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Dirtgirlworld: “It’s All About Balance” River Dog Wood of Value Ciclovida: Lifecycle

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Monsterboards A Shore Thing The Physics of Surfing Ocean Monk The Still Point A Colourful Day Sand Mountain This Way of Life The Terms Smolarze The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger Logorama The Economics of Happiness Forum: Art, Environment and Sustainable Practice











His Savage Mistress La Gran Carrera Via Gori Spin Sxabue’s Umbilical Cord Cultures for Resistance De Lucha Boys Skate Australia God Went Surfing With The Devil The Edge of Reality Two Weeks Twenty Ten Memoirs Of A Crane Di Me Que Yo Grief, India, Finn & I Arranged Happiness Flesh Color Meniscus Amar Push Bike Exhibition 19 Third Floor Facsimile Evasion Man and Cat Artificial Paradise, Inc Glenn Owen Dodds The Nature of Existence Free Event: Outback and Beyond: A Live Australian Western


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Capicua 15 Summers Later The Birthday Circle Son Istasyon Punchdrunk Nothing to Fear but Nothing Itself Rita El ambulante The Third & The Seventh Bourke Boy Nauta


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Be Inspired Get Sweet Last Paradise Dirty Bloody Hippies T.O.U.C.H Nothing Else to Lose The Wonder Hospital The Armoire Beijing Punk Young Australian Filmmakers Goodmorning Little Miss Sunshine Sarah 15/Love Live on Stage The Bleed Of Land and Bounty Needles Joy of Sex





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The Wedding Party

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Displaced Threshold Bad Language Turistas Babioles Down With The Ship First Love El Mar Mi Alma Mrdrchain St. Christophorus: Roadkill The Reef




Dirtgirlworld: Chicken Jam Next Year Country A Mongolian Couch A little Bit Mongolian Manual Practico Del Amigo Imaginario (Abreviado) El Rayo Y La Sirena El Cortejo Land The Great Calm Calling on Others Rio Breaks



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Queen of the Sun Dirtgirlworld: Rejoice – The Happy Song Slate The Filmmaker Four Strokes of Luck Crosswire Hipsters Closing Night The Joy is Real Get Happy Leave Them Laughing

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BBFF 2011 The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger USA | 6 min | Dir/Prod: Biljana Labovic | Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere

Logorama France | 16 min | Dir: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain | Prod: Nicolas Schmerkin, Maurice Prost | Animation | 2009 | Best Animation Nominee

The Economics of Happiness Byron Bay / USA | 67 min | Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, John Page | Documentary | 2010 | Australian Premiere


Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city, and even more in Logorama!

Economic globalisation has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful.

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and Big Business continues to promote globalisation and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance and starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localisation.

His Savage Mistress

SESSION 11 MONDAY MARCH 7, 12.30PM – $6.50

A tragic story of a bovine seduced by advertising, led down the path of butchers and carnivores.

Cawongla | 9 min | Dir/Prod: Lina Eve | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

La Gran Carrera Spain | 7 min | Dir: Kote Camacho | Experimental | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Via Gori Australia, Georgia | 13 min | Dir: George Barbakadze | Prod: Lazaro Hernandez | Short | 2010 | Byron Premiere

Spin France, Germany, United Kingdom | 4 min | Max Hattler | Nicolas Schmerkin | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere

A glimpse into the life of Gianni Menichetti, poet, artist and activist, who lives in a wild canyon on the Amalfi coast in Italy with his large family of animals. Director Lina Eve will be in attendance.

In 1914, the Lasarte racetrack announces a race with a never-before-seen prize. Fans and heavy betters from all the continents gather to participate in the great event: the Half Million Grand Prize.

Russian planes start to bomb the Georgian town of Gori when a Russian woman has to travel inconspicuously on a minibus filled with Georgian evacuees. A single Russian word uttered by her or her young daughter could make them the enemy of everyone around. Toy soldiers marching and moving in harmony, spinning and rotating, erupting and exploding. When conflict becomes a spectacle, the lines between destruction and entertainment get blurred.

Sxabue’s Umblical Cord

In the tradition of Colombia’s Nasa indigenous people, Edilfredo’s mother buried his umbilical cord to honour Edilfredo’s first tie to Mother Earth. The challenges in rural Colombia have strained Edilfredo’s close ties to Columbia | 8 min | Dir/Prod: the Earth and at 13 years old he began harvesting coca leaves for export Youth Voices | Short Doc | and even considered joining an armed militia group. Edilfredo, who is now 2010 | Australian Premiere 17, has rediscovered his connection with the Earth and is working with the Indigenous Guard to cultivate diverse crops that nourish the human body, the indigenous spirit and the natural environment.





Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Lara Lee embarked USA | 73 min | Dir/Prod: Lara Lee | on a journey to better understand a world Documentary | 2010 | Australian increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw Premiere it, heading for self-destruction. Lara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promote change. This is their story. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting the regime; to Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship; to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars; and ending in refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard. This film explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Contains a few graphic war images which may upset some viewers. Director Lara Lee is scheduled to be in attendance.

De Lucha Boys Netherlands | 13 min | Dir: Thijs Bazelmans | Prod: Linda Ammerlaan | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Skate Australia Byron Bay | 34.5 min | Dir: Anthony Fricker, Jonatan Lundmark | Prod: Sebastian Lundmark | Byron Bay Filmmaker | 2010

An action-packed dark comedy about friendship, flying and Mexican wrestling.

A longboard road trip of discovery – a unique adventure into the passion and lives of extreme downhill skaters. Filmmakers Jonatan Lundmark and Sebastian Lundmark will be in attendance.

God Went Surfing With The Devil

Since the year 2000, over 4,300 Palestinian and 1,000 Israeli lives have been lost in the conflict in Gaza. In 2006, Israel and Egypt sealed the borders USA | 83 min | Alexander Klein while Palestinian militants targeted Israel’s | Alexander Klein | Surf | 2010 | civilian population with deadly rocket strikes. The Australian Premiere Israeli Army countered with air strikes, targeting militants, but often claiming the lives of innocent residents. In 2007, word reached Israel about a small group of young men surfing in Gaza, sharing battered surfboards. A group of Israelis and Americans delivered a dozen boards to their Palestinian counterparts and, in the spring of 2008, they would attempt to deliver 23 more surfboards. The border was still sealed, with increased military activity on both sides. Documenting 50 days of an area filled with hate and war, where in the middle people are surfing. At a time when tensions are high, this film investigates the attitudes and aspirations of a small pocket of people where surfing removes socio-political divisions and lets the ocean carry their aspirations for peace.


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Life as an Elvis tribute artist isn’t as glamorous as Derek King thought it would be. Middle aged and estranged from his son Australia | 24 min | Dir: Sean and ex-wife, Derek seems past a prime he doesn’t ever remember Genders | Prod: Matt Hearn | Short reaching. Derek seeks guidance in the lyrics of his Elvis song book; | 2009 | Byron Premiere | Best Short will the resulting decision be the end of his days as the king or will Film Nominee he rise, bigger, better and more hip-shaking than ever before!

Two Weeks Byron Bay | 25 min | Dir/Pod: Johnny Abegg | Byron Bay Filmmaker | 2010

Break free with Johnny Abegg, from a monotonous world of ideals and unhappiness, to experience the harsh and remote wilderness of Tasmania on his own, to find out who he really is. The decision takes Johnny on an inward journey, to a place of reflection, accountability and deep self inquiry; facing a hidden ‘dark side’ alone, within the unforgiving landscape. Director Johnny Abegg will be in attendance.

Twenty Ten

Howard likes Grace, Grace likes Felix, Felix likes Samantha. At least he did until she got all serious. But mostly Felix just wants Australia | 71 min | Dir: Byron to help his hapless friend Howard pluck up the courage to talk Kaye, Mark Alston | Prod: Megan to the girl of his dreams. When she mistakes Howard for a DJ, Alston | Dramatic Feature | 2010 the perfect plan is hatched. Or perfectly inept, as it turns out. | Australian Premiere | Best Twenty Ten tracks these four misbegotten twenty-somethings Dramatic Feature Nominee as they bicker, snicker and search for a life beyond each other and the deadbeat suburban Sydney street where they all work. A life somewhere cool. Somewhere like Twenty Ten… Filmmakers Byron Kaye (writer/director), Megan Alston (producer/ actress), Adam Cleland (actor), Mitch Firth (actor) and James Cruickshank (composer) will be in attendance.

Memoirs of a Crane

Memoirs of A Crane is a documentary healing the wounds of war with friendship and Origami.

SESSION 14 TUESDAY MARCH 8, 12.30PM– $6.50

Lismore | 8 min | Dir: James Smythe | Prod: Sachiko Kotaka | Short Doc Filmmakers in attendance. | 2009

Di Me Que Yo

Is it possible for two strangers to begin a conversation full of recriminations, arguing until they are hoarse, and passionately Spain | 15 min | Dir/Prod: Mateo Gil reconcile as if they were a couple in the end? | Short | 2009 | Australian Premiere

Grief, India, Finn & I

Consumed by grief a young woman travels to India in search of meaning. Her perspective begins to change when she meets Bangalow | 9 min | Dir/Prod: Mahantji, a priest and scientist fighting to clean his beloved Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar | Short Mother Ganga. Doc | 2010 Filmmaker Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar will be in attendance.

Arranged Happiness

Waheeda Dar, a 27-year-old Muslim woman, successful actress and singer, lives in Srinagar, Kashmir, and it’s time for her to Germany, India | 90 min | Dir: Daniela get married. The search for a suitable husband must happen in Creutz | Prod: Daniela Creutz, accordance with the traditions of her culture and the marriage Carolin Dassel | Documentary | will be “arranged” by her younger brother, Ashiq, who is spending 2010 | World Premiere his life savings for the occasion. The ‘arrangement’ of Waheeda’s future and, above all, the search for a suitable husband and family to marry into, serves as the narrative thread that weaves itself through the different stages leading up to Waheeda’s wedding celebration. While filmmaker Dany Creutz remains a neutral observer at the outset of the story, she slowly reveals more of herself and her relationship to Ashiq, the protagonist. However, it’s not until near the end of the film that they reveal their personal relationship to the family.


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PROGRAMME Japan | 4 min | Dir: Masahiko Adachi | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Meniscus New Zealand | 8 min | Dir/Prod: Maria-Elena Doyle | Experimental | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Nominee

ÃMÃR Spain | 8 min | Dir/Prod: Isabel Herguera | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Push Bike Australia | 12 min | Dir: Mairi Cameron | Prod: Desi Achilleos | Short | 2009 | Byron Premiere

Exhibition 19 Spain | 9 min | Dir: Alaitz Arenzana, Marãa Ibarretxe | Short | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Nominee

Third Floor

It’s the Japanese tattoo world on the skin. Various living things start moving.

Meniscus will envelop you in intoxicating and evocative images of human beings’ physical and spiritual cycle of birth, death and life. Filmmaker Maria-Elena Doyle is scheduled to be in attendance.

Ines travels to India to visit her friend Amar, who has been living in a mental institution for years.

When her clothes are stolen from the pool change room one night, Michelle must brave a nude ride home on her old push bike.

A multiple portrait, on one hand of women who do not have their own iconography in a world founded on demands for creativity and professionalism and, on the other hand, of places that make up the inside of that world.

Contemporary Iran. The police raid a party on the fourth floor of a residential building late at night and everyone tries to escape Iran | 84 min | Dir: Bijan Mirbagheri at any cost. A young girl jumps down to the third floor of the | Prod: Alireza Ghasemkhan | building and needs to stay the night in the apartment of a Dramatic Feature | 2010 | Australian lonely older woman. In fear of each other and the police as the Premiere two connect they both clash and unite – standing firm to their own convictions. A riveting and enveloping drama.

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SESSION 15 TUESDAY MARCH 8, 4.00PM – $9/$11

Flesh Color




BBFF 2011 Facsimile New Zealand | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Dan Inglis | Experimental | 2009 | Australian Premiere

An experimental digital film exploring technology as a medium of human perception. Filmmaker Dan Inglis will be in attendance.

Air – So Light is her Footfall

SESSION 16 TUESDAY MARCH 8 , 7.30PM – $11/13.50

France | 3 min | Dir: Edouard Salier | Nicolas Schmerkin | Music Video | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

Man and Cat

So light is her footfall, She’s an angel – such a familiar stranger.

A man trades places with his cat to avoid the rat race.

Australia | 6 min | Dir/Prod: Adam Marr | Animation | 2010 | Best Animation Nominee

Artificial Paradise, Inc France | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Jean-Paul Frenay | Animation | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Somewhere in the future, a major corporation develops a unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten … what is he seeking?

Glenn Owen Dodds

Michael Radcliffe was catching the bus this morning, like he does every day of his everyday life. He didn’t expect to have a five-minute Australia | 16 min | Dir: Frazer Bailey sit-down with a mysterious man who claims to be God. He seems | Prod: Bec Dakin | Short | 2009 to know an awful lot about Michael. But what kind of God looks like a hapless mug punter with a frightful filing system? But, then again, how does Glenn Owen Dodds know the meaning of life?

The Nature of Existence

What is the most important question there is? After exploring the phenomenon of Star Trek fans in the acclaimed documentary Trekkies, filmmaker USA | 94 min | Dir: Roger Nygard | Roger Nygard is taking on The Nature of Existence, Prod: Roger Nygard, Paul Tarantino interviewing spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, | Documentary | 2009 | Australian artists and others who have influenced, inspired, or Premiere freaked out humanity. “I made a list of the eightyfive toughest questions I could think of, starting with biggest one: ‘why do we exist?’ and then I began interrogating the widest cross-section of humanity possible.” Here are a few more of the questions asked in the movie: What is man’s purpose? What started the Universe? Where was God during the Holocaust? What is Truth? Should people have sex before marriage? What is the best way to find happiness? Where is the afterlife? Where are the voices in my head coming from? How would you answer?

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Dirtgirlworld: Chicken Jam Whiporie | 11 min | Dir: Jean- Camden, Hana Kukal, Justine Flynn | Prod: Cate McQuillen, Janice Walker | Music Video | 2009

Dirtgirl’s performing chickens make music of their own.

Next Year Country

Struggling to survive the worst drought since the dustbowl, three desperate Montana families hire a rainmaker – a retired USA | 57 min | Dir: Joseph Aguirre | New York cab driver – in a last-ditch effort to save their farms. Prod: Jennie Bedusa | Documentary Like Burt Lancaster’s magnetic character in the 1950s film The | 2009 | Australian Premiere Rainmaker, who barnstormed the windswept tumbleweed towns of the drought-ravaged American prairie selling empty promises of rain, the rainmakers of popular imagination are never quite what they claim to be. Set against the backdrop of the rapid decline of the American family farm, and a prolonged period of drought which has UN climate scientists calling for a new understanding of what constitutes ‘normal weather’, Next Year Country is an exploration of an old American legend set in the contemporary American West.

A Mongolian Couch Australia, Mongolia, UK | 12 min | Dir/Prod: George Clipp, Eva Arnold | Environmental | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Begzsuren lives with his wife and four children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and possesses an inspiring passion to improve both his family’s and his community’s lot.

A Little Bit Mongolian

A pack of children on small sturdy horses are galloping over the hillsides of Mongolia. One of them is a foreign boy. Angus Paradice from Australia. This was Angus’s dream, to be the first Mongolia/Australia | 55 min | Dir/ foreign boy ever to compete in these grueling and dangerous Prod: Michael Dillon | Documentary long distance children’s horse races. This is the heartwarming | 2009 | Byron Premiere tale of how his dream came true.

Manual Practico Del Amigo Imaginario (abreviado) Spain | 19 min | Dir/Prod: Ciro Altabas | Short | 2009 | Australian Premiere

El Rayo Y La Sirena Spain | 11 min | Dir/Prod: Diego Sanchidrian | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

El Cortejo Spain | 14 min | Dir/Prod: Marina Seresesky | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere


Fernando is a shy 27-year-old young man who receives the visit of an old classmate, Iratxe. This arouses jealousy in his imaginary friend, Captain Kiloton, a superhero that had stood by his side since he was a kid.

It is said that dreams are unreachable, for they are far away, hiding beyond the stars. But you just have to be bold enough to chase them in the deepest sea, and dare to be faster than the mermaids…

Capi is the oldest gravedigger in the cemetery. Every month he has waited for Marta to take flowers to the grave of her husband. She is his last hope.

The small town of Gigantes, Nicaragua and its inhabitants both indigenous and gringo take centre stage in this age-old story Canada | 76 min | Dir: about the battle for the land beneath our feet. This true Wild Julian Pinder | Prod: Paul West story delves into the impact of tourism and development Scherzer | Documentary in a politically volatile area – viewed by those hungry for the | 2010 | Australian dollar as the new land of opportunity. Premiere | Best Documentary Nominee MARCH 4-13, 2011



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BBFF 2011

SESSION 20 THURSDAY MAR 10, 12.30PM – $6.50 SESSION 19 WED MAR 9, 7.30PM – $11/$13.50

The Great Calm

The Great Calm is a unique film that captures a rare look at one of the most adventurous and elusive creatures living today. Proudly introducing a first look at Tallow and ‘The Great Calm’.

Byron Bay | 23 min | Dir: Peanut Fong | Prod: Shannon Clynes | Surf | Filmmakers in attendance. 2011 | World Premiere

Calling On Others USA | 27 min | Dir/Prod: Scott LeDuc | Surf | 2010 | Australian Premiere

This is a short surf documentary that focuses on four kids who are talented young surfers from the island of Bali. They are a part of a wonderful surf community that helps one another and their beach. These four want to continue with their education and hope to one day study at the local university. The goal of this film is to to raise money to pay for their education, and hopefully others, who have the need as well in the community! Director Scott LeDuc will be in attendance.

Rio Breaks Brazil, USA | 83min | Dir/Prod: Justin Mitchell | Surf | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee

Capicúa Spain | 3.5 min | Dir: Roger Villarroya | Prod: Nerea Chirivella | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

15 Summers Later Norway, Spain | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Pedro Collantes | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere

The Birthday Circle United Kingdom | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Philip Lepherd | Short | 2010 | NSW Premiere


A story of surfing and survival. Thirteen-year-old Fabio and his best friend Nama live at Favela do Pavao, an enormous slum near Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pavao is home to the Red Command, one of Rio’s most heavily armed drug gangs. It’s the Red Command who sets the rules and regulates life in the community. While the drug trade boss is often in his twenties, most of the soldiers on the ground are teenagers. Fabio lives in ‘Vietnam’ – the poorest and most violent part of the slum – and is a prime candidate to become yet another gun-toting teenager. For many of these favela kids, surfing means spending time in the water and away from the poverty and violence of the hills. It means a water-bound escape, whether just for one day or, if they’re successful at it, for the rest of their lives.

What do you need if you are to look after the very old, or the very young? Patience, discipline, perseverance, but also compassion and a sense of fun! Filmmaker Roger Villarroya will be in attendance.

Everyone needs time to heal and regain balance – some longer than others.

The cruel irony of age is explored, as childhood and twilight are initially contrasted but ultimately, compared….

Son Istasyon

Ruhi is a railway worker who has a few days left before his retirement. He is planning Turkey | 110 min | Dir/Prod: to buy the house of which he has been Ogulcan Kirca | Dramatic Feature dreaming and spend his remaining days | 2010 | Australian Premiere with his family in peace. But his daughter Esra and son Onder have their own plans for their lives. These pretty much innocent wishes of the family members will open a door to an unexpected journey for all of them. Life has its own plans for them; plans that are definitely different from the ones in their dreams…


PROGRAMME Punch Drunk Australia | 15 min | Dir: Sam Wark | Prod: Leah Hallis | Short | 2010 | World Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee

29 ‘Joe Sparro’ is an elderly man who suffers from Dementia Pugilistica, a condition otherwise known as ‘Punch Drunk’. With the rising costs of aged care due to privatisation, Joe is forced out of what has been his home for many years. The years of being medicated and institutionalised have taken a toll; he is battling just to grasp daily life. It is this battle of remembering that may just save his life. Filmmakers Sam Wark and Leah Hallis will be in attendance. A spy thriller incorporating manipulated footage from the ‘60’s TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

SESSION 21 THURSDAY MARCH 10, 4.00-6.00PM – $9/$11

Nothing to Fear but Nothing Itself USA | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Salise Hughes | Experimental | 2009 | Australian Premiere

Rita Italy | 19 min | Dir: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia | Prod: Massimo Cristaldi | Short | 2009 | NSW Premiere

El ambulante Argentina | 84 min | Dir: Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovich | Prod: Adriana Yurcovich | Documentary | 2009 | Australian Premiere

Rita, a blind child, shelters a boy on the run who suddenly breaks into her home. It’s a mysterious, enigmatic meeting that lets Rita experience a brief moment of freedom.

Filmmaking is not just a profession to Daniel Burmeister; it is his life. He drives around Argentina in a beat-up old car, going from village to village and approaching the local mayor, offering to make a feature film there in 30 days, in exchange for room and board. He assembles the cast from local villagers; the equipment (a camera and a lamp for shooting at night) is his own. For each film, he adapts one of his five screenplays, and ultimately makes his money from ticket sales for screening his movie to the villagers/actors. This documentary follows the tireless and irrepressibly optimistic Burmeister from the moment he arrives in yet another little village. In voice-over, Burmeister talks about his life and shares his refreshing philosophy.

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BBFF 2011

SESSION 22 THU MAR 10, 7.30PM – $11/$13.50

The Third & The Seventh France | 12 min | Dir/Prod: Alex Roman | Experimental | 2008 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film & Animation Nominee

Bourke Boy

A full-CGI animated piece that aims to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view. Alex Roman’s The Third & the Seventh is truly a sight to behold.

A father and adopted Aboriginal son take a trip to the son’s birthplace of Bourke, Australia, where they try to find the right words to say to each other before its too late.

Clunes | 10 min | Dir: Adrian Wills | Prod: Kath Shelper & Anusha Duray Filmmaker Anusha Duray will be in attendance. | Short | 2009


Nauta is inspired by the common need of millions of people around the world to find meaning in the anthropological relationship between man and universe, inspired by The Celestine Prophecy. The idea is to analyse this theory with an ironic key and to bring the debate on major issues of our time – such as pollution, human relationship, love – to a more pragmatic ground, closer to our everyday life, but sharing the concept/foundation of the lay sanctity of the miracle of life.

Italy | 84 min | Dir: Guido Pappadà | Prod: Silvana Leonardi | Dramatic Feature | 2010 | World Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature & Best Film Nominee

The journey of the five characters of the story, searching for the “perfect harmony” is an opportunity to build a small sample of modern civil society, always in search of an identity that justifies its existence. The film is set in the early Nineties, the era of Riedfield’s bestseller and of universal ideas for the new millennium. Filmmakers Guido Pappadà and Carlo Falcone will be in attendance.

FRIDAY MARCH 11, 12.30PM – $6.50



USA | 14 min | Dir: Alcides Soares | Prod: Neal Baer | Short Doc | 2009 | Australian Premiere

A moving chronicle directed by Alcides Soares, a sixteen-yearold AIDS orphan, one of half a million living in Mozambique today. His journey to find a family and make a new life in a country that has been ravaged by AIDS is a story repeated millions of times every day throughout Africa.

UMOJA: No Men Allowed

Set in Kenya, an unlikely battle of the sexes erupts in tribal Samburu land.

Australia | 32 min | Dir: Elizabeth Tadic | Prod: Elizabeth Tadic, Selene Alcock | Short Doc | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Documentary Nominee

Filmmaker Elizabeth Tadic will be in attendance

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Call of the Maestro

Call of the Maestro is a journey undertaken to uncover how a 3,000-year-old tradition of Indian classical music is surviving a United Kingdom | 70 min | Dir: modern world. Passed down from generation to generation, Lou Hamilton | Prod: George Scott young people are now less interested in dedicating their lives | Documentary | 2010 | World to learning the skills of an art form that is a highly complex mix Premiere of structure, improvisation and spiritual faith. The current great maestros of India are now in their 80s and 90s and, unless they can inspire the next generation, their music is at risk of dying with them. The filmmakers were privileged to enter the homes of the last of the great maestros to hear them perform in intimate surroundings and be witness to their passing on their knowledge, talent and experience to their disciples in rarely seen scenes that echo back through ancient times.

Australia | 4.5 min | Dir/Prod: Brad Schwede | Experimental | 2009 | Byron Premiere

Bad Language Australia | 14 min | Dir/Prod: Viron Papadopoulos | Short | 2009 | Byron Premiere

The film is a memory of myself as a child exploring an old abandoned Brisbane airport terminal in the 1980s. A place once full of people is now empty, leaving machines idle and decay taking hold.

When Bill (19 years old) is forced to take over the Kafenio (illegal gambling house), Kosta sees an opportunity to make a fast buck off the kid, just so long as he can keep his cool, his wife at bay and the cops on side.


Carla hesitates. She is 37, she is married, possibly pregnant, and she is supposed to be happy while she travels towards summer Chile | 105 min | Dir: Alicia Scherson vacation, along with her husband and a jet ski hooked to the | Prod: Macarena LÃpez | Dramatic back of the car. Feature | 2008 | Australian Premiere

FRIDAY MARCH 11, 4.00PM – $9/$11

Babioles France | 4.5 min | Dir: Matray | Prod: Nicolas Schmerkin | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee

Down With The Ship USA | 10.5 min | Dir/Prod: Derek Dunfee | Surf | 2010 | Australian Premiere

First Love Australia | 1 hr | Dir: Claire Gorman | Prod: Clare Plueckhahn, Fran Derham | Surf | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee

El Mar Mi Alma

Lost in a garbage dump, Little Rabbit tries to reach the city with his new mate Little Indian.

A documentary about San Diego big-wave surfer Derek Dunfee and his friends.

First Love is about love, friendship and following your dreams. This feature-length surf film documents the lives of three passionate teenagers from Phillip Island and follows them to Hawaii – the first step on their journey to making surfing a career. Filmmakers Clare Gorman, Clare Plueckhahn and Fran Derham will be in attendance.

With a long and diverse coastline, Chile is a country not only shaped by its geography, the sea occupies a mystical and poetic, Lennox Head | 45 min | Dir: conscious and unconscious place within the cultural fabric of the Stephen Jones | Prod: Tatiana nation. El Mar, Mi Alma a visual tone poem, a blend of images Andrea Velasco | Surf | 2011 | World and music consisting primarily of cinematic surfing sequences Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee intercut with coastal landscapes, local people and places, and the movements of the cast on a surfing journey through Chile. The film contains some political undercurrent and pays homage to the environmental campaign associated with this surfing tour; however, ultimately paints a picture of Chile’s beauty and association with the sea, centred around the affectionate and intimate act of surfing. Filmmakers Stephen Jones and Tatiana Velasco will be in attendance. MARCH 4-13, 2011

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BBFF 2011 Mrdrchain Czech Republic | 10 min | Dir: Ondrej Svadlena | Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee

St Christophorus: Roadkill Germany | 26 min | Dir: Gregor Erler | Prod: Martin Wippler, David Skrotzki | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

The trials and tribulations of Sliceman in the dark and frightening land of the murderchain.

Chris, a young lawyer, drives on a nightly road heading towards Hamburg. But his ride takes an unexpected turn as he witnesses a tragic accident. A crime, two sadistic policemen and a bestial ranger: The angst-ridden Chris realises, that this horrifying night won`t be over soon… This tremendously thrilling and fast-paced movie grabs you from the first minute and surprises as a spine-chilling shocker with some nasty black humour – not for the faint-hearted!

The Reef

Based on true events, The Reef is a tense survival thriller that raises the question, what would I do? Four young friends Australia | 88 min | Dir/Prod: who reunite for a sailing trip on the Great Barrier Reef and Andrew Traucki | Dramatic Feature | are enjoying the sea and sunshine until disaster strikes. After 2010 | Byron Premiere becoming stranded in the ocean they find themselves stalked by a great white shark. Should they swim or should they stay?

Na Nai’a Legend of the Dolphins


Canada | 78 min | Dir/Prod: Jonathon Kay | Documentary | 2010 | World Premiere

SATURDAY MARCH 12, 10.00AM – $6.50

For fifty million years they’ve been roaming the oceans of the Earth. The dolphins of the world unite in this fantastic story of their power, their message to humanity, and their survival. They lived on land and then took over the sea, forming the Great Dolphin Tribe. One day, the sea trembled and middle earth rose up in volcanoes, spilling lava and splitting the land and the tribe became divided. They evolved to become many species and travelled to eight corners of the world. Breathtaking cinematography captures the incredible beauty and the dramatic journey of the dolphins, through the oceans of Hawaii, The Bahamas, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mozambique, and the Amazon River of Brazil. Featuring the voices of Kate Winslet, Ellen Page, Gerard Butler, Megan Fox, James Franco, Whoopi Goldberg, Daryl Hannah, Julian Lennon, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin and Isabella Rossellini. While rated PG, this film contains scenes of mating dolphins. Parents discretion is advised.

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Be Inspired

A photographer on the search for an intriguing composition wanders through the woods as he suddenly seems to find Byron Bay | 2 min | Dir: Jo Lange | inspiration in the appearance of a mysterious figure. Only the Prod: Olivia Feng | Short/Exp | 2010 figure is not made of flesh and bone, but lead and chalk. Filmmaker Johannes Lange, Cinematographer Steivan Hasler and Producer Olivia Feng will be in attendance

Get Sweet Australia | 7.5 min | Dir/Prod: Rosie Sutherland | Music Video | 2009 | Byron Premiere


Get Sweet is a slice of life from a carefree decade.The soundtrack is Rosie and The Thorns’ gentle re-working of the Beach Boys classic I Get Around and their melancholy original Sweet Dreams. Filmmaker Rosie Sutherland will be in attendance.

Last Paradise

In the beautiful wilderness of New Zealand, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids began New Zealand | 52 experimenting with something that would change the world. In min | Dir/Prod: Clive 45 years of stunning original footage we experience first-hand Neeson | Documentary | the adventures of early adrenaline seekers and join them on the Australian Premiere roads less travelled and discover the world’s secret paradises, from Noosa to Portugal. Last Paradise is the untold story of extreme sports innovation from its naive beginnings to the cutting edge of what it is today. Between the lines is a shocking revelation of a wilderness lost, but through the same story we discover the science to save it. Quirky, funny and fascinating, whatever age, this film will leave you awed and inspired. WWW.BBFF.COM.AU


Dirty Bloody Hippies

Dirty Bloody Hippies is a fascinating, funny and often poignant hippie trip back to 1970s New Zealand. The documentary explores a colourful time in New Zealand’s social history New Zealand | 50 min beginning in 1969, a couple of years after San Francisco’s | Dir: Dan Salmon | infamous ‘summer of love’. Protests against the Vietnam Prod: William Grieve | War soon spilled over into a more general rejection of the Documentary | 2010 | conservative values and institutions of 1960s New Zealand and Australian Premiere led many young people to set up their own communities where they could experiment with alternative lifestyles. Thousands of young hippies, as they were proud to be called, took advantage of the rural downturn in the early 70s to buy cheap land in remote corners of New Zealand. Extraordinarily, even the government got in on the act by allowing alternative life-stylers to use unused public land in a program that came to be known as the Ohu Scheme.

T.O.U.C.H. Nothing Else to Lose Nunderi | 4.5 min | Dir: Lachlan Glasby, Douglas Hatch | Prod: Lachlan Glasby | Music Video | 2010 | World Premiere

The Wonder Hospital USA | 11.5 min | Dir/Prod: Beomsik Shimbe Shim | Animation | 2010 | NSW Premiere

A music video is about a young man who wakes up to find that he has been trapped in a room, slowly coming to the realisation that he has ‘nothing else to lose’, which ultimately means he is free. Filmmakers in attendance.

This 3D animated film is a surreal journey of oddity and empty illusion. In a mysterious hospital, a girl’s desire for superficial beauty leads her to chase after the luring ‘After’ images on a path of advertisements. But in the end she finds something unimaginable and irreversible.

The Armoire

Eleven-year-old Aaron plays a game of Hide and Seek in which his friend Tony is never found. The mystery of their relationship Canada | 22 min | Dir/Prod: Jamie – and of their queer attachment to the armoire in Aaron’s Travis | Short | 2009 | NSW Premiere bedroom – can only be revealed, it turns out, through hypnosis. | Best Short Film & Cinematography Nominee

Beijing Punk

Close to four decades on from the British movement of the early 70s,Ppunk is exploding in the most unlikely of places: the Australia, USA | 71 min underground scene of Beijing, China. With a small but growing | Dir: Shaun Jefford | following, Beijing punk music is as rebellious and raw as that of Prod: Shaun Jefford, Paul the forefathers. In a country fast becoming the factory of the Turner, Mike Kramer | world, China has gone mad for capitalism. But not everyone Documentary | 2010 | is working 12-hour days seven days a week – definitely not Australian Premiere Leijin. A skinhead punk rocker and founder of the band called Misandao (a Chinese word for sweet cream puff), Leijin is big, tough and tattooed. He is also very intelligent and media savvy. For him and the few dozen punks like him scraping a living from this art form, it is all about freedom: “if you are human, you want to be free.” Filmmaker Shaun Jefford and agent Stumpy McTaggert will be in attendance.

MARCH 4-13, 2011






BBFF is proud to recognise the work and talent of Young Australian Filmmakers with the help of our Judge Peter Thompson who will presenting our Best Young Australian Filmmaker Award. With almost every nominee here, at this session, to present their film we’ll be introducing you names and creative abilities that will undoubtedly grow in years to come.


Goodmorning Little Miss Sunshine

A young girl peers at the city from a rooftop through the lens of her kaleidoscope.

Australia | 4 min | Dir/Prod: Charlotte McLellan | Experimental | 2009 | Byron Premiere

Sarah Australia | 8.5 min | Dir/Prod; Neil Triffett | Short | 2009 | NSW Premiere

15/Love Australia | 15 min | Dir: Stephanie Mountzouris | Prod: Rose Tucker | Short | 2010 | NSW Premiere

Live on Stage Australia | 6 min | Dir/Prod: Ben Dickinson | Short | 2011 | World Premiere

Sarah, Leon and Thomas are dead. Thomas dies leaving his father alone in a strange country; Leon dies while making love and Sarah dies alone. A sad and funny story about life and death and those left behind. Filmmaker Neil Triffett will be in attendance. The tale of a teenage girl’s flirtation with adulthood – a lucid tale of intimacy, sensuality and lots of sunscreen. Filmmakers Rose Tucker and Stephanie Mountzouris will be in attendance.

A street dancer must venture out of the old world and into the new in order to realise his dream of performing live on stage. Filmmaker Ben Dickinson will be in attendance.

The Bleed

After years of solitude and loneliness, an old man is visited by his estranged son, whose visit amounts to something more Australia | 7 min | Dir: Nathan Hunt than a hello. | Prod: Nathan Dale, Nathan Hunt | Director Nathan Hunt will be in attendance. Short | 2010 | World Premiere

Of Land and Bounty Australia | 15 min | Dir: Lucas Crandles | Prod: Tim Nash, Nick Williams | Short | 2010 | World Premiere


Colonial Australia, 1874. William Brady receives a visit from a mysterious stranger, Michael O’Keefe. It becomes clear that Brady has not been honest about his past, nor O’Keefe about his intentions. Director Lucas Crandles will be in attendance. In a decrepit Russian hospital, a young boy discovers that illness is just one of the things he needs to survive.

Australia | 10 min | Dir: Alexei Mizin | Prod: Stephanie Sabatino | Short | Filmmaker Alexei Mizin will be in attendance. 2010 | Australian Premiere

Joy Of Sex

A young man believes his relationship is strong enough to last when his girlfriend admits she is curious about spending a night with another man.

Byron Bay | 20 min | Dir/Prod; Daniel Whelan | Short | 2010 | NSW Co-writer, actor and producer, Samuel Dixon will be in attendence. Premiere



Australia | 96 min | Dir: Amanda Jane | Prod: Nicole Minchin | Feature | 2010 | Byron Premiere

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. So, behind closed doors, the deal is done: a secret wedding is arranged and in a few weeks life will be back to normal, or so he thinks! Starring Isabel Lucas, Josh Lawson and Steve Bisley. Filmmakers in attendance.


SATURDAY MARCH 12, 6.45PM FOR A 7.30PM START – EARLY BIRD TICKETS $25, FULL PRICE $30 Dirtgirlworld: Buzzy

Dirtgirlworld is a buzz.

Animation | 11 min | Dir: Jean Camden, Hana Kukal, Justine Flynn | Prod: Cate McQuillen, Janice Walker | Music Video | 2009

Paper Garden Armenia | 8 min | Dir: Gor Baghdasaryan | Prod: Youth Voices | Short Doc | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Queen of the Sun USA | 83 min | Dir: Taggart Siegel | Prod: Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz | Documentary | 2010 | Australian Premiere

The outskirts of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, are bleak. While 12-year-old Arthur is proud of his birthplace and home, he has also witnessed the elimination of almost all of Yerevan’s trees for firewood during an energy crisis. From the director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John comes a profound, alternative look at the tragic global bee crisis. Without bees, Albert Einstein said, “man would only have four years of life left.” Through the eyes of passionate beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers, Queen of the Sun leads a piercing examination of the catastrophic disappearance of bees and explores the mystery of the beehive. In an alarming inquiry, 10,000 years of beekeeping is unveiled, highlighting how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost. Featuring Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Gunther Hauk and the heart felt struggles of colourful beekeepers from around the world, Queen of the Sun weaves a dramatic story complemented by unusual animation and stunning cinematography, uncovering the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

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The Wedding Party





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BBFF 2011 Dirtgirlworld: Rejoice – The Happy Song

A celebration of life outside.

Animation | 11 min | Dir: Jean Camden, Hana Kukal, Justine Flynn | Prod: Cate McQuillen, Janice Walker | Music Video | 2009 | Best Environmental Film Nominee

Slate Spain, USA | 14 min | Dir: Carmen Vidal | Prod: Gabriel Sedgwick, Patricia Pinto | Experimental | 2009 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee

The Filmmaker Australia | 17 min | Dir/Prod; Marcello Fabrizi | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere

Working all night, a film editor is overcome by the odd sensuality and rhythm within the raw footage he is cutting.

Mark has been making films for over 25 years. Jess is the girl of his dreams, but she thinks he’s an idiot. She might be right. One filmmaker’s quest for the truth, the girl, and the laurels of official selection. Filmmakers in attendance.

Four Strokes of Luck

In a race against time, three Australians and one Bolivian must invent a boat powered by Australia | 85 min | Roland Stokes | motorbikes to cross a dangerous passage of sea. Roland Stokes | Documentary | 2011 | Their plan is so ambitious that their only chance World Premiere of survival is success. Living at the end of the last road in Colombia, they rush to shoehorn their motorbikes into a washed-up boat before the hurricane season arrives. In the dangerous port town, the threat of kidnap and murder by the Colombian Revolutionary Army is frighteningly real. Working alongside locals, every day is nerve racking. They plan to sail 200km through the deceptively beautiful waters of the Caribbean to the first road in Panama. The journey is life and death, heaven and hell, pleasure and pain. Fishing for food, marooned on islands and being held captive push the team to breaking point. But then, creating history has never been easy. Filmmaker Roly Stokes will be in attendence.

SUNDAY MARCH 13, 4.00PM – $9/$11 Cross Wire

Sometimes when the wires are crossed you get a connection.

Filmmakers Nick Fuad and Rohan Langford will be in attendance. Lismore | 7 min | Dir: Nick Fuad | Prod: Rohan Langford | Short | 2010


Hipsters (Stilyagi)

Moscow, 1955. Most of the younger generation are happy to fall in line with the country’s imposed Soviet ideology and Russia | 127 min | Dir: Valery criminalisation of expressive modes of art and dress. But in the Todorovsky | Dramatic Feature city’s swingin’ secret juke joints, the threads are splashy, the | 2009 | Byron Premiere | cleavage is out, and the pompadours scrape the sky. Incurring Best Dramatic Feature & the wrath of all the grim-faced Soviets in Russia isn’t enough to Cinematography Nominee stop a group of splashy young swingers from showing their true colours. Hipsters is a tender love story wrapped in an infectiously fun musical – a fitting reminder that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. The level of detail in the art direction and costuming is staggering. Hipsters won the 2009 Nika Award (Russia’s answer to the Oscar) for best film, best cinematography, costume design and sound editing.

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The Joy is Real Ocean Shores | 16.5 min | Dir/Prod Susie Forster | Short | 2010


Follows a remarkable music theatre group for intellectually disabled people and their support workers on the north coast of New South Wales as they rehearse their latest production, a spaghetti western. Director Susie Forster will be in attendance. WWW.BBFF.COM.AU




Leave Them Laughing


Welcome to Rubika, a planet with a fancy gravity.

France | 4 min | Claire Baudean, Ludovic Habas | Animation | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee


New York is invaded by 8-bit creatures!

France | 2.5 min | Dir: Patrick Jean | Animation | 2010 | Byron Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee

Evasion France | 4 min | Dir: Ramy Dupont, Gaspard Roche | Animation | 2010

Wild Horse, Wild Ride USA | 106 min | Dir: Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus | Prod: Alex Dawson | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere

This is a strange kind of breakout, both an escape and a quest for an unknown goal, its solution a veiled reference.

Each year thousands of wild horses are rounded up and removed from public lands by the US Government. All of them will need permanent homes. None has ever been touched by a human hand.


A Canadian California comedienne rolls toward doomsday vowing that humour will be the last sense to go. “I have Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS: a fatal incurable illness … which means Canada, USA | 89 min | Dir: John global warming is your problem.” Zaritsky | Prod: Montana Berg | Carla Zilbersmith will die within two years, at 46, condemned by Documentary | 2011 | Australian Lou Gehrig’s Disease to perish as a feeling, knowing nucleus within Premiere | Best Documentary & a shell of limpid clay. She’ll leave a body of work, a non-working Film Nominee body, a teenage son, and a flame-throwing wheelchair. Directed by Oscar-winner John Zaritsky, featuring songs and skits from Carla’s working years and wacky wisdom from her final hours, Leave Them Laughing is a compelling journey through Carla’s vibrant and varied career.


USA | 26 min | Dir/Prod: Mark Payne | Short Doc | 2008 | Australian Premiere

A coming-of-age musical extravaganza documentary with many familiar faces…


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BBFF 2011 PROGRAMME Intrepreting Woodford


Deaf people at a music festival? Woodford Folk Festival is an Australian art and music festival that welcomes the deaf community into their audience. Interpreting Woodford is Lillian Rock | 12 min | Dir: Darmin a 12-minute documentary about Jasmin, an Auslan (sign Cameron | Prod: Darmin Cameron language for the deaf) interpreter who goes to Woodford, and & Paris Naday | Documentary | 2010 what happens when she is assigned to interpret the Woodford | NSW Premiere Comedy Club. The film gives us a unique and humorous insight into deaf culture and the language of Auslan.

RaHOW 2010 Terania Creek | 9 min | Dir/ Prod: Sho Wakejima | Byron Bay Filmmaker | 2010

The Astronomer’s Sun United Kingdom | 6 min | Dir: Jessica Cope, Simon Cartwright | Short | 2010 | Byron Premiere

Play Name Thailand, USA | 12 min | Dir: Dave Snyder | Prod: Dave Snyder, Anocha Suwichakornpong | Short | 2009 | Australian Premiere

An artistic portrait of the Lismore peace group ‘Remembering and Healing Old Wounds’, documenting the multicultural, multi-faith events organised by the group on ANZAC weekend 2010 and showing the wide support the group receives.

A young man, accompanied by his mysterious mechanical bear, visits an abandoned observatory to confront memories of his past and follow his father on a journey into the unknown. A magical journey about relationships and what it is to be human.

Shot on location in Bangkok, a bilingual short film capturing the hopes and fears of two young gay men from opposite ends of the Earth, who form a fragile connection.


Told in the style of an old children’s fairy tale but set against the modern-day backdrop of New York City, Bedfellows follows the USA | 15 min | Dir: Pierre Stefanos | adventure of 20-something Bobby as he returns to the gay bar Prod: Pierre Stefanos, Wendy Shear where he got his heart broken for the first time. | Short | 2010 | Byron Premiere

Two Spirits


Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history USA | 62 min | Dir: Lydia of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and Nibley | Prod: Russell female, and many Native American cultures held places of Martin, Lydia Nibley, Russell honour for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was Martin | Documentary | Nadleehi, a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, a 2009 | Australian Premiere special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen by a young man who bragged to friends that he had ‘bug-smashed a fag.’ Two Spirits explores the life and death of a boy who was also a girl and the essentially spiritual nature of gender and sexuality.

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