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introduction J’aimee Skippon-Volke, Festival Director We are delighted to present you with the sumptuous array of films and activities that make up the 7th Byron Bay International Film Festival. Workshops, panels, parties and premieres form the backdrop for 55 public sessions in four venues across the northern rivers region. In addition to our Festival HQ – The Byron Community Centre BBFF has partnered with what we consider to be some of the best and most charismatic arthouse independent cinemas in Australia - Byron’s Pighouse Flicks, Murwillumbah’s Regent Cinema and for the first time Lismore’s historic Star Court Theatre. Our team aims to create an event that entices both those with a passion or just a passing interest in film to dive in, try something new or different – to Open Your Aperture. There is a lot of thought that goes into curating a programme as vast as ours. Films must complement and support

each other while letting their uniqueness and individual messages shine. The festival is a showplace for the work of over 220 directors, who themselves are part of teams both large and small, and we are thrilled once again to play host to filmmakers from around Australia and the world who join you here to engage and indulge in 10 days of heartfelt, inspiring and cutting-edge independent cinema. To me, 2013 already feels like a very positive year. Collectively we survived 2012 and now as a society it is time to start planning for our future. There are many films in this festival that encourage viewers to both make and accept constructive change. It’s a sentiment that is shared by our community. BBFF has its very first presenting sponsor, The Owner’s Club at Linnaeus. It is the financial support of our sponsors that allows the festival to continue to present events such as our free Beachside Screening. This is an evening that we hope will encourage positive engagement with the Bay at night and provide you with a magical Byron experience.

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Judges

Sae institute/Qantm College Best Short Film

tavarua Best Surf Film

The BBFF judges bring their expertise to the Byron Bay International Film Festival’s Awards. We thank them for their support. Our 2013 judges include: Claude Gonzalez – At the Movies Charles Schuerhoff - PBS Ted Emery John Campbell – The Echo Michael Weatherhead – Screenzone Jan Mallis – Tavarua Peter Thompson Kristin Ellis – Pighouse Flicks

Le Souffle Court (Shortness of Breath)

Szorffilm

Yardbird Förträngd (Repressed)

Isolated Sharks and Surfing Surfing Otelo

The Blind Leading the Naked

young australian Filmmaker of the year

Piano Mudo (The Quiet Piano)

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Screenzone Byron international documentary Prize

greenhouseFX Best animation

Gudo (Alone)

Father

The World Before Her Elemental

Co Sie Dzieje, Gdy Dzieci Nie Chca Jesc Zupy

Lost and Sound

Oh Willy

Will Gammon – CumulusVFX

Show me the Magic

Lonely Bones

Osvaldo Alfaro – GreenhouseFX J’aimee Skippon-Volke – BBFF Simon Richardson Rosy Whelan

gdC Best Cinematography

A la Française

Ik Ben Een Meisje! (I am a Girl!)

The Chase

This Dog’s Life

Special Thanks

Nominees

The Naked Leading the Blind

the owners Club at linnaeus Best Film The World Before Her The Prophet Elemental Otelo Burning A Twist in the Fabric of Space Byron Bay Coffee Company Best dramatic Feature Baikonur The Story of Luke The Naughty Room Electrick Children Otelo Burning the echo Best Byron Film All BBFF2013 Northern Rivers’ Filmmakers are Nominees the Byron at Byron Best environmental Film Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm Elemental Quen Se Importa? (Who Cares?) The Garden Pool

Cheese Please Best Music Video

Oroverde (Greengold) Toombaworth

The Tree Rippled Prescription Culture Feel a Thing Easy Way Out Dauðalogn Sustain northern Rivers Sustainable Shorts The Garden Pool Second Hand Blue Marble Cafe From Dumpster to Dinner Plate Fox Creek Wines Best experimental Film Viisi Fragmenttia Empatian Luonteesta (Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy) A Twist in the Fabric of Space Rogalik Aalterate

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We greatly appreciate the hard work, time and input that has helped create this event from: Alex Mankiewicz, Amanda Peterson, Annie & Franco Ivancich, Ash Stennett, Avikal, Brigitte Zeisig, Clare McGarry, Craig Billett, Dan Redgrave, Dan White, Di Vickery, Geof Webb, Jack Thompson, Jamil Hassan, Howard Sedgmen, Jan Mallis, Jason Briede, Jeni Gonzalez, Jenny Grinlington, Leigh Greig, Linda Airey, Luke McDonald, Marie Reilly, Martin Gallery, Michael Weatherhead, Nic Volpato, Obi McDonald-Saint, Patrick O’Sullivan, Peter Thompson, Rachael Meader, Richard Makarewicz, Robert Raymond, Robyn Downie, Ryder Saint, Sabine Muschter, Stuart Amos, Sunita Bailey, Terry Hore, Trevor and Jan Smith, Will Gammon, Ziggi Browning, Zvika Aloni, and all the BBFF crew, Community Centre Ushers and Volunteers

The ScreenZone International Credits Documentary Prize Patron: Paul Cox

Executive Producer: Greg Aitken

The documentary prize is a cash prize of $5,000 being awarded for a second year at the 2013 Byron Bay Film Festival. Funding the prize, ScreenZone.tv is a dynamic new Video On Demand web site that brings a world of films to your browser. ScreenZone and the prize promote films that question and inspire our

understanding of the world around us. For more info go to www.screenzone.tv. Judging the prize this year we have Charles Schuerhoff, PBS (USA) and ScreenZone’s founder, Michael Weatherhead. They are also on the panel for this year’s workshop Meet The Buyers, along with Mandy Chang, ABC.

Festival Director: J’aimee Skippon-Volke Technology & Art Director: Osvaldo C. Alfaro Media Manager: Amanda Blennerhassett Sponsorship Manager: Kelly Morton Schools Manager: Poppy Walker Outdoor Event Producer: Jamie Hunter

Production Managers: Sunita Bailey, Kirsty Thompson, Jemima Dunlop Submissions Co-ordinators: Manon Beerends & Cale Suesskow Workshops Producer: Lynsey Allett Industry Co-ordinator: Valentino Costa Filmmakers & VIP Guest Liaison: Brigitte Zeisig Volunteers Coordinators: Elie Rubinstein & Jenny Grinlington Writers: Amanda Blennerhassett, Kyle Hendrick, Tim WintonBrown, Victoria Lewis, Mia Slater Publicity Contributors: Jemima Dunlop, Susie Robinson Media Liaisons: Mia Slater, Anjuli Cruz, Sabrina Cruz Festival Assistants: Kayleigh Murphy, Anna Moreno-Bosketti, Tashi Lhamo, Patrick Gatfield, Lui Kohl, Rebecca Lewis, David Myer Legends: Dan Redgrave and Zvika Aloni Graphic Design: GreenhouseFX & Ziggi Browning Website Content: Obi MacDonald-Saint – Mullum Mac Photography credits to: Sarah Lee, Jeni Gonzalez Programme Creation: The Echo Programme Editor: Tabitha Laffernis Performer: Kyle Lionheart, Eben Mcrimmon Projection Team: Osvaldo Alfaro, Jamie Hunter, Ken Ford, Ben Vinning, Paul MacDonald, David Hylton, Juan Salvador Audio Technician: Dan Redgrave Catering Team: Sian Holbrook, Remy Tancred & Sarah Swan Byron Bay Community Centre: Paul Spooner, Amanda Gore, Cherie Bromley, Tanja Greulich, Jeannie Merritt and the BBC committees and team. Pighouse Flicks: Kristin Ellis & Paul Mcdonald The Regent: Mia Barbieri & Ken Rippin Starcourt Theatre: Heather Rose & Nic Volpato

About the Programme Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the programme. We apologise for any changes, errors or oversights since going to print. For the most up to date information visit the festival website at www.bbff.com.au. BBFF PROGRAMME GUIDE 5


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Gala Opening Night Gala Closing Night Bookings & Venues It’s that time of year again and we are excited! We’ll be rolling out the red carpet for the Opening Night of the 7th annual Byron Bay International Film Festival on March 1. Get ready for 10 days of simply sensational cinema from around the world and down the road. The delights on offer to our guests at our gala parties highlight the abundance, biodiversity and quality of northern rivers fare. Get your ticket early as the Gala Opening Night sells out quickly every year. BBFF is boutique and beaut – it’s an elegatarian event not to be missed. Film lovers, filmmakers, people who want to change the world or those who just want to laugh at it – you’re all welcome. Bring your friends, make some new ones, simply luxuriate in the world of film Byron Bay style.

Our film for the evening is Small Apartments – a black comedy with an all-star cast. Our Gala Closing Night is serious business though. It’s meaningful. It’s emotional but most of all – it’s tremendous fun. Most of the awards have already been given out during the festival, but now we get to find out the award for the big one, Best Film 2013. Ten days and nights of film. It’s an epic! We should all toast ourselves: Best Audience of 2013.

It’s easy to book for BBFF in 2013.

This party is for the stayers, the ones who don’t want to leave and go back to the other side – the ‘real world’. The Gala Closing Night is our most poignant night of the year. It’s when we toast the creatives of the world and say thank you for making our lives richer and for opening our aperture.

To buy tickets go to:

All but one of our venues offer online booking. Multipack Discounts are available for the films at the Byron Community Centre. We’re also offering four for three at four – four tickets for the price of three for any of our 4 o’clock films at the centre. See our website for more details. Season Passes are also available for the films screening in Lismore and Murwillumbah.

Byron Community Centre 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Prefestival opening hours are between 10am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. During the festival, the box office is open every day from 10am until 7.30pm.

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Pighouse Flicks 1 Skinners Shoot Road, next to the Brewery, Byron Bay. Tickets are online at www.pighouseflicks.com.au. Before and during the festival the box office is open every day from Monday to Friday 3.30pm – 8.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday 1.30pm – 8.30pm.

Regent Cinema 5 Brisbane Street Murwillumbah. Before the festival, Box Office open 10.30am – 9pm Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check website www.cinemaregent.com or phone 02 6672 8265. Tickets also available on the day. There is no disabled access or disabled toilet facilities – this venue has stairs.

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While film may be food for the soul, the festival provides other delectable delights for the senses. The wonderful wines and beers on offer at our Gala Parties are accompanied by delicious food prepared by some local masters of the culinary arts.

Star Court arcade, 126 Molesworth Street. Tickets for the Star Court Theatre can be booked online on the What’s On page for Movies at www.starcourttheatre.com.au. By phone on 02 6622 5005 Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm, or visit the Star Court Theatre Shop during these hours in the arcade near the Carrington Street entrance to buy in person. Ticket prices start from $7 for screenings to $50 for Red Carpet Gala celebrations. Our website www.bbff.com.au is a great place to go for latest information about the films, filmmakers and the festival.

The Beautiful Feast will again lavish our lucky Gala Party patrons with a thoughtful selection of high-quality dishes. And now the festival welcomes Sarah Swan from the 100 Mile Table and Publisher and Director of Sample Food Festival, Remy Tancred, to the BBFF family. Together they will design menus with love and care using local, organic and sustainable Northern Rivers produce. Embracing seasonality, locality and quality, together they encourage freshness and simplicity in their food. It is food for the palate and comfort for the psyche at BBFF this year, knowledge and consciousness making it all so tasty!

Our programme contains a number of family friendly films – but it is a requirement that children under 15 are accompanied by their parents or an adult guardian. Recommendations regarding the films which are 18+ only can be found on our website www.bbff.com.au. Family packs are available for our Family-friendly shorts session only from the venue.

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Cinema among the stars Monday February 25th Films start: 7.30pm Adjacent to the Byron Surf Club, Main Beach Byron Bay. Imagine sitting in a grassy park next to the ocean, feeling that slight salty breeze off the beach and listening to the quiet gentle rhythm of the waves. Surrounded by your family and a bunch of friends, it’s the perfect place to watch a sensational film on a big screen outdoors under the stars. Welcome to the Byron Bay International Film Festival’s Full Moon Sunset Cinema. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The festival launched the free outdoor Full Moon Sunset Cinema in 2012. It was regarded by many locals as one of the most magical nights

of the year. With the threat of wild weather the gods blessed the festival when the moon rose over the lighthouse to a wonderful clear balmy night. It seemed that the Man in the Moon was smiling directly at the festival. And he, like the audience, was entertained by the likes of Garrett Kato, Ben Livermore, Rusty Miller, Will Conner and Jack Johnson prior to the screening of the fabulous film, Minds in the Water. It was a truly memorable night. Will the 2013 sunset cinema be as good as that inaugural 2012? Well they say that magic follows magic, so here’s hoping… Bring a picnic rug, a basket of tasty snacks, and a soul full of community spirit for a laidback night of surf films and good vibes with family, friends and the full moon.

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Be sure to arrive at 6.30pm to get your spot as it’s likely to be quite popular and the good seats cannot be ‘reserved’. Then when the sun sets, the ‘house lights’ are dimmed and the fun begins. Under-15s must be accompanied by their parent or adult guardian.

In the unlikely event that the festival will need to be rescheduled because of poor weather, the Full Moon Sunset Cinema will screen on Tuesday February 26th. The full moon dates of March 26th and 27th have also been pencilled in as cover but these dates won’t be necessary according to the Man in the Moon.

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FRIDAy MARCH 1 – sUnDAy MARCH 10, 2013 BBFF.COM.AU In order to get Byron in the mood for the feast of films that we’ll be presenting in the days ahead, BBFF is showcasing some of our favourite films from BBFF2012 and this year’s festival. Check our website for more details of the films and the night. You are in for a treat though, as amongst the music, music videos, short films and surf films is our headlining film – the winner of BBFF2012’s Best Film Award:

Inuk France, Greenland | 1:29:38 | Dir/Prod: Mike Magidson | C’est la Vie Films | Drama | 2011 In the stunning yet treacherous wilderness of Greenland, a

young Inuit is torn between the lures of modern society and the binding ties of tradition. 16-year-old Inuk is dispatched to the far north of Greenland, 800 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Taken on as a protégé by Ikuma, a grizzled polar bear hunter, Inuk embarks upon the annual seal hunt, and with it a unique, bitterly dangerous journey towards manhood and a hopeful future. Winning awards almost everywhere it screens Inuk takes us across the unforgiving, majestic landscapes of Greenland’s polar limits. Powerfully moving, Inuk is a defiantly warm, intimate and utterly authentic glimpse of one of the world’s most remarkable and endangered cultures.

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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean Legendary actor James Dean’s sexual orientation has been debated in the decades since his untimely death in a car accident in 1955. Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean is a fearless, intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon. Set in

Our Food, Our Future Monday March 4th, 4.00–6.00pm Cost: $5 entry, which includes a tasting plate of local produce Sustain Northern Rivers (SNR) presents a special twilight forum of food and films, exploring how our community can make the most of the wonderful resources we have for growing, finding and enjoying local food. The winner of BBFF’s Sustainable Shorts Award will be announced and screened. This event

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the early 1950s and focusing on Dean’s experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles, the film’s surreal and dreamlike vignettes blend biographical and fictionalised elements to present pivotal moments in his short yet remarkable life. The film’s rich and sensuous cinematography transports you into a titillating and intoxicating world while James Preston (The Gates) captures the confidence and the talent of the 20-year-old Dean, but also his appetite for fame, intimacy, and sex from both men and women. Also starring Erin Daniels (The L Word) and

Robert Gant (Queer As Folk). ACON is the largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and wellbeing organisation in Australia. ACON Northern Rivers provides a number of vital services to the region’s community, including advocacy and referrals; drug and alcohol services; information and support for sex workers; those who are at risk of or affected by HIV; and the families and/or carers of people with HIV. ACON Northern Rivers offers a counselling service at Byron Bay Community Centre every Wednesday.

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Experimental Showcase FRIday March 8th Dead Reckoning (USA)

Every year BBFF presents a selection of experimental films from around the world. These avant-garde pieces break convention to turn film into art. Experimental filmmakers are asking you to explore the meaning of their films and to draw your own judgments. These films will be screened upstairs in the SCU Room 3–7pm on Friday March 8th. The films screened include:

Animated Amusements

(USA) Night-time images of carnival rides are magically transformed to living creatures through timelapse photography.

Memorais

(Spain) Moments before the Earth explodes, a woman remembers her relationship with a man at the beginning of the 21st century.

Txiki (Spain) Txiki is a documentary piece structured around artist Txiki Medina and focused on the creative process of an oil painting.

Landscape Duet

(Belgium) (Hong Kong) Landscape Duet takes an interest in Hong Kong territory and reveals both its urban landscapes and natural environment as two dancers physically explore the radically opposite locations.

Dead Reckoning is a poetic film about memory and contemplation.

From Her to Eternity (Japan) An in-temporal and immaterial love story.

Olmeheidutus (Estonia) Polly, Jennifer and Melissa (Australia)

Steam Machines (NZ) Within an old shed housing renovated steam traction engines lies hidden pieces of art; discarded oil cans, rusted and patinated gears and screws, steam gracefully rising towards an illuminated skylight.

An androgyne by the name of Polly recalls an episode of post-coital anxiety while Jennifer confesses to a priest and Melissa poses flirtatiously for the viewer.

Paper Road (NZ)

Casa Vacia (Spain)

An experimental digital film exploring ideas of landscape and perception.

A tour of the abandoned house where the artists Jorge Oteiza and Nestor Basterretxea once lived.

Ancestral Delicatessen

(Spain) All that exists is made of time, from the galaxies to chestnuts; only the rhythm changes.

Rietokki (USA) A group of kids who are the last hope of the dying Earth are in search for the promised land, the only place on earth that is safe and unpolluted.

I am Ashamed of Myself

Kehamälu (Body Memory) (Estonia) Our body remembers more than we can expect and imagine; our body remembers also the sorrow and pain of the predecessors.

A young and strong human body is mother nature’s piece of art. But should everything it faces become art as well?

(Re)Cycle

(Canada) What goes around, comes around, in a world where everything is connected.

Rolling Stock (NZ) An experimental digital short film examining ideas of perception and subjectivity as two workers toil in a surreal factory.

Genesis (Singapore) Life is created from light and motion. A man and a woman are born and fall in love, but their harmony is short lived.

Retrocognition

(South Korea) Free-form animated film using old and new media, explores the fragility of the human condition and the cycle of sin.

(USA) A dystopian sitcom reanimated from the narrative residue of Golden Age radio dramas.

Au Revoir (Spain)

(Russia) The hero of a film tries to cure his beloved from mental affliction by means of emotions, music and love.

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about a magician who just can’t get it right.

Following positive feedback, BBFF 2013 is presenting the Schools Programme for the film buffs and filmmakers of the future.

Socio (Australia) Funny and visually engaging story of a playful, lone Mexican wrestler who wanders the streets looking to meet his match.

By screening thought-provoking films, the Schools Programme aims to inspire young people to create films and/or to develop a greater understanding and critical eye when it comes to viewing film. We’d like to thank the Star Court in Lismore, the Regent in Murwillumbah and the Byron Community Centre for providing the venues to host these important sessions.

The Hoarders (Australia) Percolator (Australia) This 17-year-old animator Claire Kopietz tells the story of a man formed out of an old coffee percolator.

The BBFF’s education partner, SAE, is offering participating high schools special workshops for budding filmmakers to begin their creative journey.

17-year-old Diede tells nobody that she has a special gift, not even her best friend Emma.

The films we will be presenting will include:

Milo (Italy)

HIgH SCHOOLS The Last Tango in Sunnybank (Australia) A colourful, musical story of a young girl’s observations of her tango-dancing mother’s search for lost excitement.

Coal Boy (India) Fascinating, poetic documentary exploring a young boy’s experience working inside an Indian coal mine.

All of Me (Germany)

Milo lives in a world all his own and he does not like ‘outside’ interference.

The Example (Australia) A careless mistake or a calculated plan? A clever film exploring issues of terrorism, fear and trust.

Rapture (Australia) On her final day of summer holidays, introverted Sidney sets out to photograph her familiar suburban landscape.

Two inseparable friends lose the key to open the box containing the gift for their friend. animation exploring questions around global poverty and social inequality.

Love and Rubbish (Russia) A documentary exploring homelessness through the eyes of a community living inside a Russian rubbish dump.

Kerplonk (Australia) Funny, slapstick story of a scientist trying to invent a mechanical device – will he pull it off?

Stick (Norway) On the beach a stray dog finally finds someone kind.

Past Their Prime (USA)

Naufragos (Castaways) (Spain)

Colo is the oldest-living gorilla in captivity – her keepers care for her in preparation of her 55th birthday celebration. This doco shows that animals and humans have a lot in common when faced with mortality and ageing.

Two castaways separated by distance. All their hopes are pinned in the bottles that they just launch to the sea.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS Bumper (Australia) Enchanting claymation film from 12-year-old Ben McCarthy about a frog who can’t jump...

Poor Us (USA)

Abracadabra (Australia)

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Counting Happiness (India) Hasan lives alone on the streets of Delhi selling clockwork chickens, driven by a firm belief that some mysterious secret lies hidden and awaiting discovery.

While You Weren’t Looking (USA)

Bold and funny tale of a young girl’s first adventure away from her mother’s watchful eyes: a drag race through the local supermarket.

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Imagine 111 hectares of private beachfront land, encompassing littoral rainforests, coastal dunes and hilltop splendour. Completely unspoilt and begging for a creation that is as irreplaceable and diverse as the land itself.

BBFF has established itself as a forum for filmmakers to share their unique insights into familiar and unfamiliar worlds, tell local and global stories and expand and challenge our perceptions. This year the industry focus of the festival is stronger than ever, with a range of workshops, panels and networking opportunities focusing on the art and business of film. Most panels and workshops run for approximately 90 minutes. Additional information regarding the workshops and panels, as well as our special pass only available to filmmakers, can be found at www.bbff.com.au.

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Weekend 1 (March 2nd and 3rd) The Freedom Streams: Cathy Henkel’s guided tour of new funding options for filmmakers. We live in rapidly changing times, and to survive we need a new direction and smarter ways of operating. Many filmmakers are frustrated by the logjam of government funding and broadcast commissions and want alternatives that give more creative and decision-making freedom. Crowdfunding is one option getting a lot of attention. Cathy will guide you through alternative funding and distribution options and how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. SCU Room, Saturday 2nd March, 11.00am, $15.

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Screenworks: Music

Composition for Film and Television Seminar with Nicolette Boaz. Sponsored by APRA Nicolette Boaz studied Contemporary Music and Aboriginal Studies at Southern Cross University. Now Sydney based, she is a composer, sound designer, accompanist and lecturer and has composed for features, documentaries, jingle libraries, theatre shows, corporate videos and singers. Her most recent work is Show Me the Magic. Nicolette will talk about composing music for different screen environments and how to develop a career in composing for screen. Sunday 3rd March, SCU Room, 10am – 1pm, free.

A Masterclass with Don

McAlpine ‘Films and filmmaking are all deception – a beautiful deception.’

Don McAlpine is one of Australia’s legendary cinematographers with a career spanning over 40 years and 50 films. He has worked on iconic Australian films like Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career, and the Hollywood blockbusters: Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Predator, Patriot Games and Wolverine. Following the BBFF screening

of Show Me the Magic (Cathy Henkel) on Saturday, Don will share his stories and professional insights in this most prestigious of masterclasses.

Open north coast producer, Catherine Marciniak. SCU Room, Saturday 9th March, 11am, free.

Changing the World one frame at a time

SCU Room, Sunday 3rd March from 1.30pm, $15. We recommend you book ahead. industry@bbff.com.au

Meet the Buyers Meet The Buyers is a great opportunity for filmmakers to meet some key international and Australian film buyers and find out what they are looking for. Moderated by Director Ted Emery (Kath & Kimderella; The Craic) the panel includes Charles Schuerhoff, (PBS), one of the biggest buyers of documentaries in North America, commissioning editor Mandy Chang (ABC) and Michael Weatherhead, founder, ScreenZone. SCU Room, Sunday 3rd March, 4pm, $15.

The Meeting Place Byron Bay’s original name is Cavvanbah, meaning ‘meeting place.’ For the first time at the BBFF we are creating an exclusive speed-dating style meeting place event for established and emerging filmmakers to meet, network and make creative connections with prominent figures in the film and television world. Charles Schuerhoff, Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Mandy Chang (ABC) and Ted Emery and other special guests will

be in attendance. SCU Room Sunday 3rd March, 5.30 pm $15. Registration is essential – contact industry@bbff.com.au

Writer, director and producer Rick Stevenson – Official Best of Fest, The Best Films You’ve Never Seen and The 5000 days project – and filmmaker Blis DeVault – The Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm – will talk about the positive, transformative nature of film and filmmaking and getting your message out there through independent, creative and contemporary approaches to funding, production and distribution.

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SCU Room Saturday 9th March, 2pm, free.

(March 9th and 10th) ABC Open – Citizen storytellers: Telling our own stories better

Everyone’s a Filmmaker Workshop

Most people have a smartphone in their pocket and a space online to share their experience and stories. ABC Open provides an innovative, curated, online focal point for Australian regional communities to connect with audiences across the ABC platforms of web, radio and TV while maintaining ownership of the content they create. Meet some of the citizen storytellers who have created award-winning projects in collaboration with ABC Open in this panel discussion led by our ABC

We are at an unprecedented juncture in filmmaking history. The border between industry and audience is blurring. A participatory culture of filmmakers armed with smartphones and laptops is emerging: everyone’s a filmmaker. Join facilitators Lynsey Allett and Obi McDonaldSaint as they guide you through editing and uploading your films with iMovie. Bring your own iPad or MacBook and take part in this hands-on creative workshop, proudly supported by Mullum Mac. SCU Room, Sunday 10th March, 1pm, Children welcome, free.

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Director’s Picks Between January and April this year India celebrates 100 years of cinema and this comes at a time when the role of women in India is being deeply questioned. In addition to our Opening Night film the rich and layered The World Around Her we are also screening the delightful Much Ado About Knotting, an engaging light-hearted Indian produced film which explores modern day match-making. And then there’s Penny Vozniak’s Despite the Gods which marries Bollywood and the world of modern day Indian Filmmaking with one fascinating lady – director Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch. Cinema can be a doorway into other realities where we lose ourselves but also actively observe – absorbing the intricacies of the simplest of movements and actions. Eastern European cinema catches this masterfully in films such as Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane (Written in Ink); Kichot; Rogalik. Catch the animated Father and Co Sie Dzieje, Gdy Dzieci Nie Chca Jesc Zupy (What Happens When Children Don’t Eat Soup). And then there’s the Polish master filmmaker Roman Polanski, in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir. Underground cinema pushes the boundaries of film culture and we are presenting Going Undergound with five sessions of sex, magick, UFOs and brainwashing at Pighouse Flicks. Back at our HQ (the Byron Community Centre) catch Into the Zone, if surrealist anarchy is your thing or 2 films which cut to the heart of indie-filmmaking - The Naughty

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Room and How to Make a Film. Virtuosi engages us through dance while the power of music is demonstrated in the films McDonald Masada which is paired with Michael Altman’s American Songwriter. Lost and Sound looks at music, deafness and the way our brains relate to music. Then, of course, there’s Electrick Children, one not to miss. Films such as Elemental, Quem Se Importa? (Who Cares?) and Sanctity of Sanctuary; and our Sustainable Shorts inspire and encourage change in our own lives. Surf Films such Isolated, Szorffilm, Otelo Burning and Surfing and Sharks explore the lengths some will go to find freedom in the waves. We have a number of thought provoking films which seek reconciliation, social justice and ask the viewer to reflect after viewing Gudu (Alone), Touch Bond, Private, Stories from Lakka Beach, The Women of Fukushima and Precarious which we’ve programmed at 4pm. We believe it’s important that these be told and so as a little incentive for we’re offering 4,4,3@4. Which is four tickets to any of these 4pm sessions for the price of three. Only available at the Box Office.

As the Dust Settles, Show Me the Magic, Pharaoh vs the Egyptians, Baikonur, The Prophet, the thoroughly delightful comedy The Story of Luke and star-studded Small Apartments. There is so much good stuff I really can’t limit it to one page. I am always asked ‘What are the best films?’ and ‘What do I recommend?’ and I can’t narrow it down to any one film but of course if you only come to one thing come see and support the next generation of Australian film at our Young Australian Filmmakers Session.


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Opening Night

Come walk the red carpet and rub shoulders with stars at this glittering affair, with an exceptional, award-winning film followed by a party which is not to be missed.

The World Before Her Canada | 1:29:30 | Dir: Nisha Pahuja | Prod: Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja | Documentary | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Best Film & Screenzone International Documentary Prize Nominee In the lobby of a modest Bombay hotel, 20 young women from across India arrive for an intense, month-long beauty boot camp. Handpicked for the Miss India pageant, they’re there to win the coveted title which means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and, for some girls, freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. In complete contrast, along India’s northern border, a fundamentalist camp trains young Hindu women to preserve India’s traditions, even if that requires force. The World Before Her sweeps

back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of both the young women determined to win the crown and the conservative activists who oppose them, creating a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment. These young women may represent opposing extremes but in their hearts they share a common dream: to help shape the future of India as she meets the world before her.

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Family-friendly shorts Fishing or Crab Potting

USA | 0:04:53 | Dir: San Charoenchai | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere

Saturday 2nd – 10.30am – $7, family pass available

Australia | 0:01:40 | Dir: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric | Animation | 2011 | Northern Rivers Premiere

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Spike is insistent that his father goes fishing or crab potting in their canoe.

A narcissistic space alien attempts to plant his flag on every planet in the galaxy.

Jack & Jill

It Is What It Is

Australia | 0:11:35 | Dir/Prod: Lloyd Harvey, Spencer Harvey | Prod: Nino Tamburri | Short | 2012 | Byron Premiere

United Kingdom | 0:04:22 | Dir/Prod: Pepijn Schroeijers | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Armed with a map and the power of her imagination, can Jill give her father a fairytale end to the horrors of war?

What we see makes up 20 per cent of our perception. The rest comes from subjective interpretations of the brain. How do we adapt to different views?

Filmmakers Lloyd and Spencer Harvey will be in attendance.

Doomed (Condenados)

Steam Machines New Zealand | 0:03:52 | Dir: Melissa Edmon | Experimental Films | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Spain | 0:11:00 | Dir/Prod: Guillermo Garcãa Carsã | Animation | 2011 | Aus Premiere The life and habits of nonterrestrial creatures that co-exist for 24 hours – these creatures are condemned to a loss of time and energy and eventually, to an absurd and comical extinction.

Firefly and the Coffee Machine

There is an unexpected aesthetic that lies hidden in the dusty darkness of the ultimate man cave; meet the men who keep turn-of-the century machines alive. Filmmaker Melissa Edmon in Attendance.

The Alien Boy

USA | 0:06:35 | Dir: John Michael Wilyat | Prod: Nicholas Reczynski | Animation | 2012 | Aus Premiere

Australia | 0:13:11 | Dir: Miles Szanto | Prod: Annmaree Bell | Young Australian Filmmaker | 2012 | Byron Premiere

Characters from a series of drawings by an eight-year-old girl are transformed into a vivid animated story.

You’re only alien until you meet someone the same.

Adults only shorts Picking Up At Auschwitz Australia | 0:03:35 | Dir: Gregory A. Erdstein | Prod: Alice Foulcher | Short | 2012 | Byron Premiere History is written by the losers.

(18+) A Few Nervous Habits Australia | 0:11:06 | Dir: Michael Hill | Prod: Aaron Nash | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere Judy wakes up with an orange in her vagina and believes this may prevent her from finding true love, but Roger does not give up so easily.

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Spain | 0:07:05 | Dir: Jaime Maestro | Prod: Carlos Escutia | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere

Spain, USA | 0:16:00 | Dir/Prod: Luis Labrador | Short | 2011

A wolf starts working in an office full of delicious, sexy sheep.

When his mother takes on a lover while her husband is hard at work young Adam decides to make the most of the situation.

Skogens Konge (King of the Forest)

A Twist in the Fabric of Space

Norway | 0:15:12 | Dir: Audun Selsjord Bratlie | Prod: Siri Kvitvik | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Netherlands | 0:26:58 | Dir: Morgan Knibbe | Prod: Morgan Knibbe, Alexander Van Damme | Experimental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Film & Best Experimental Nominee

Jonathan has nothing but his solitude and his work as a moose, entertaining children in the local shopping mall. Both positions bring him little but desolation, as will the animal fur fetishist Isabelle after a brief time of ecstasy. A tragicomic silent movie that investigates romantic relationships between human animals in modern times.

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A Twist in the Fabric of Space describes our attempts to get a grip on life from the second we’re born, and how we collectively create a prison of complex structures.

The Tree

Show me the Magic

Australia | 0:08:58 | Dir/Prod: Caroline Fisher | Dramatic Short Films | 2012 | Best Music Video Nominee

Australia | 1:14:00 | Dir: Cathy Henkel | Prod: Cathy Henkel, Trish Lake | Documentary Feature Film | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Screenzone International Documentary Prize Nominee

A short, artistic film about humankind’s infiltration into nature. Filmmaker Caroline Fisher will be in attendance

Reproject Australia | 0:03:00 | Dir/Prod: Nic Vevers | Experimental | 2012 | NSW Premiere In an ambitious project, filmmaker Nic Vevers turns a multimilliondollar apartment into a giant pinhole camera.

Show me the Magic tells the story of Don McAlpine’s journey from a one-horse town in outback New South Wales to the heights of Hollywood, weaving historical archive with Don’s own personal collection and behind the scenes footage. Directors Bruce Beresford and Gillian Armstrong recall highlights from Don’s remarkable Australian career including the iconic Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career. We meet Paul Mazursky who gave him his big break in Hollywood with Tempest and Down and Out in Beverley Hills. Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin take us behind the scenes of their two iconic films with Don, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Cathy Henkel, Don McAlpine, Jack Thompson and David Wenham will be in attendance.

The Naked Leading the Blind Belgium, France | 0:15:12 | Dir/ Prod: Wim Vanacker | Dramatic Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film & Best Cinematography Nominee Suddenly, everything became clear to him. A dissection of the human condition on a hot summer’s day, blurred by alcohol, late-night television and smouldering spirituality.

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Superman

Baikonur

USA | 0:12:00 | Dir/Prod: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari | Documentary Short Films | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Kazakhstan/ Germany/Russia | 94 min | Dir/ Prod: Veit Helmer | Dramatic Feature | 2011 | Australian Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane. It’s a man trying to make his way in this world while tethered to the ground like the rest of us.

I, The Intrepid and Uncompromising Explorer Australia | 0:02:35 | Dir: Aaron Warwick | Prod: Sonja Mereu | Animations | 2012 | Byron Premiere Based on the poem of the same name, this short film is about the escapades of an explorer who doesn’t always have luck on his side.

Rippled

As The Dust Settles

Australia | 0:03:57 | Dir: Darcy Prendergast | Animation | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

USA | 1:25:00 | Dir: Ingraham/ McGaffigan/ Dee/Lubman/ Wiehahn Prod/ Ed: Mike Hedge | Documentary | 2013 | World Premiere

In a dystopian landscape, a new breed of creature evolves.

The Chase Saturday 2nd – 7.30pm – $15

Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep. So goes the unwritten law of the Kazakh steppes. A law avidly adhered to by the inhabitants of a small village, who collect the space debris that falls downrange from the nearby Baikonur space station. The last two youthful members of the village are the radio operator Iskander, known as Gagarin, and the spirited Nazira. When Julie literally ‘falls from heaven’ in a small space capsule, it’s Iskander who finds her unconscious. Since Julie can no longer remember anything, Iskander is able to pretend that they are engaged to be married, turning the ancient law of the steppes to his own advantage. But even the most romantic lie cannot remain undiscovered forever. And soon Gagarin no longer knows where he really belongs or, more importantly, to whom.

France/Netherlands | 0:04:44 | Autour De Minuit/Valproducties | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee A crazy, irresistible, intense, spectacular car chase between police and four unlikely accomplices.

Easy Way Out – Gotye Australia | 0:02:12 | Dir/Prod: Darcy Prendergast | Music Video | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

Capturing lifechanging experiences at the Burning Man annual arts festival in Nevada, As The Dust Settles reveals a rare glimpse into the personal discoveries of love, creativity, the environment, community, and reality. Through individual perspectives, this participatory documentary welcomes the viewer to share five filmmakers’ intimate experiences. Known for embracing life on the fringes, and populated with a myriad of art installations, participants and subcultures, Burning Man provides an ideal location for this story of epiphanies and shared experiences. Producer Mike Hedge will be in attendance.

Easy Way Out ties in with the depressive elements of repetition – our protagonist is unable to break free of his own routine.

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A man about to go swimming imagines what horrors cold be lurking deep in the waters of his backyard pool.

Lonely Bones France, Netherlands | 0:10:00 | Dir: Rosto | Prod: Nicolas Schmerkin | Animation | 2013 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee A hallucingenic film about dreams and making sacrifices.

USA | 1:24:30 | Dir: Jon Alloway | Prod: The Klown with No Name, Jon Alloway, Lor Valerie | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere A rough-and-tumble look at the infamous San Francisco Cacophony Society, the John Alloway documentary Into the Zone follows the anarchic, subversive and often absurd pranksters known as Dada Klowns. Taking their cues from surrealism and Dadaism, their own influence runs rampant – from the creation of the Burning Man festival to the writings of Chuck Palahniuk, the Cacophony Society shook up the status quo. Living by the maxim ‘you may already be a member!’ the group was a tangle of inclusive principles – embracing playful spontaneity, kitsch and nihilism in all its extremes, all the while questioning the stale homogeneity of mainstream culture. Into the Zone offers a rare, extraordinary look into the singular subculture spawned by the Cacophony Society. Strap yourself in – it’s going to be a wild journey.

American Songwriter

McDonald Masada

USA | 0:55:13 | Dir: Michael Altman | Prod: Philip Gessert, Michael Altman | Documentary | 2012 |

Mullumbimby, Israel | 1:06:47 | Dir: Pele Safra | Prod: Pele Safra, Itai Tamir | Documentary | 2013 | World Premiere

Michael Altman’s, American Songwriter is a kaleidoscopic musical road trip down a million-mile highway of poetry; philosophy and life featuring Nashville hit songwriter, Danny Darst. Altman’s American Songwriter traverses the bedrock and backbone of Darst’s gritty lay it on the line storytelling style as one of Americana’s most talented songsmiths. From sea to shining sea, hundreds of songs and stories, sixty years of boot leather and worn-out steering wheels, American Songwriter draws you into Darst’s struggles growing up poor, how he discovered who he was and found redemption through the love of a good woman. Here is a fascinating portrait of an authentic American man.

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Saturday 2nd – 10.00pm – $11

USA | 0:02:00 | Dir/Prod: Bill Plympton | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere

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Don Quixote armed with a ukulele – protest singer Eitan Ullman embarks on a musical quest to defend authentic Israeli culture against the twin ravages of consumerism and popularism. Ullman’s surreal voyage culminates in a grand concert at the ancient site of Masada – a controversial national symbol of heroism and defeat. Through desolate country towns, shopping centres, historical sites, rehabilitated rubbish dumps and Bedouin desert camps, the journey portrays a society torn between idealism and consumption, rampant development and conservation.Yet, Ullman’s dream of bringing about a change with his music begins to crack. Has he been tilting at windmills? McDonald Masada is an understated and insightful observation of contemporary Israeli society and ultimately, a story about a modern troubadour, searching for his voice. Director Pele Safra will be in attendance.

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Thora

From Dumpster to Dinner Plate

Australia | 0:02:12 | Dir/Prod: Seamus Spilsbury | Animation | 2011 | Byron Premiere Atop a weathered mountain rests Thora... a beautifully delicate tree. Her keeper – a lonesome beast named Solomon – provides her with the protection and life she requires.

Second Hand

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Dumpster diving – would you do it? Vanessa Hudson’s ‘From Dumpster to Dinner Plate’ holds up a mirror to our attitudes to food waste.

Elemental

Canada | 0:07:33 | Dir/Prod: Isaac King | Animation | 2011 | Byron Premiere | Sustainable Short Nominee

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New Zealand | 0:11:03 | Dir/Prod: Vanessa Hudson | Environmental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Sustainable Short Nominee

The term ‘second hand’ refers to the ticking hand on a clock; it also describes re-used items. Would you rather save time? Or save stuff? This film examines the imbalance and waste created by these modern obsessions.

The Garden Pool

USA | 1:32:00 | Dir/ Prod: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Screezone International Documentary Prize & Best Environmental Film Nominee

A man living in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona turns his backyard swimming pool into an incredible, nearly self-sufficient food production system for his family.

Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges River. Activist Eriel Deranger leads a David-and-Goliath fight against the oil giants who are destroying her homeland in the Canadian Tar Sands. Australian inventor, Jay Harman, is attempting to halve the world’s energy consumption by mimicking natural systems. Separated by continents, each character is part of a global story about water and climate change that goes beyond the issues to reveal the public triumphs and emotional scars of life on the front line.

Boxing Day in Byron Bay

The First Time

Australia | 0:06:38 | Dir/Prod: Stephan Kleinlein | Surf | 2012 | Byron Premiere

South Africa | 0:13:33 | Dir: Harold Holscher | Prod: Renier Ridgeway | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

USA | 0:06:00 | Dir/Prod: Ira Chute, Angus Cann | Environmental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Sustainable Short & Best Environmental Film Nominee

Captured by Stephan Kleinlein, Boxing Day in Byron Bay recounts a special day in 2011, right here in Byron Bay. Big surf, great moments and magical people. Filmmaker Stephan Kleinlein will be in attendance.

During the 15th century era of European exploration of new territories, an indigenous San Bushman elder and his son come across the remnants of a shipwreck on the mesmerising southern Africa coastline. The ensuing moments of compassion are shared with the family clan around the campfire where stories are shared and this great event is recorded in a rock painting forever.

Double Vision Kingscliff | 0:02:00 | Dir: Benj Binks, Catherine Marciniak, Grace and Audrey Styman-Lane | Short Doc | 2012 These twins share a dream to be champions: a goal their parents and doctors would never have believed the day they were born ... three months premature. Created for ABC Open’s 110% video project. Filmmaker Benj Binks will be in attendance

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South Africa | 1:36:00 | Dir/Prod: Sara Blecher | Drama | 2011 | Australian Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature, Best Surf Film & Best Film Nominee Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush, Otelo Burning is based on real events. It’s a moving tale of courage, love, betrayal and hope. It is 1989 and the struggle against apartheid has reached its peak. Otelo Buthelezi, his brother and a friend step into a world previously closed to them – a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence fueled by Inkatha hostel dwellers and United Democratic Front comrades on the other. For the boys, who previously had a deep-seated fear of the sea, flying on water comes to represent freedom, and they are sold. Soon, everyone recognises that Otelo is truly gifted on the water, a surfing star in the making. But his path doesn’t run smoothly, and on the day Nelson Mandela steps out of prison for the first time in 27 years, the young boy makes a choice that will change his life forever.

Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians

Canada, France | 0:15:04 | Franck Dion | Richard Van Den Boom, Julie Roy | Animations | 2012 | Best Animation Nominee

Egyptian-born, Australian comedian Akmal Saleh returned to Egypt six months after the revolution to interview activists about their experiences, but what he discovered far outweighed his expectations. This film is a documentary outlining the events that led to millions of Egyptians, most of them under the age of thirty, deciding to risk their lives in order to protest against decades of oppression and a brutal regime. It explains the role of social media, told by young activists who were instrumental in coordinating the protests, and how the use of the internet and mobile phones brought millions of people together. The honesty and passion of the people Akmal met and interviewed is completely engaging, as the narrative moves quickly from beginning to end.

Byron Bay | 1:18:42 | Dir: Akmal Saleh | Prod: Catherine Lay Saleh | Documentary Feature Films | 2013 | World Premiere | Best Byron Film Nominee

Immigrants & Cigarettes Australia | 0:16:40 | Dir: Mike Kang | Prod: Amin Palangi | Short | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere Klint, a jaded old counselor, is forced into retirement from his job at a migrant resource centre after 30 years of hard work and service towards minority communities in Western Sydney. Branded a racist, he is forced to help an inter-racial couple caught in a disastrous relationship.

Filmmakers Akmal & Catherine Saleh will be in attendance.

Filmmaker Mike Kang will be in attendance.

Father

Voices

Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany | 0:16:30 | Dir: Ivan Bogdanov, Veljko Popovic, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Dmitry Yagodin, Rositsa Raleva | Prod: Maria Stanisheva | Animation | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Bahrain | 0:03:45 | Dir\Prod: Hussain Al-Riffaei | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

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Between a present life that can only be tolerated through delusion, and a past life that cannot be evoked without trickery.

The reality of life is turned upside down to create an impossible dialogue – the dialogue between a child and a father that never happens.

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When his co-workers tease Edmond by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.

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Edmond était un âne (Edmond was a donkey)

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The Naughty Room

France | 0:08:36 | Dir: Guillaume Pierret | Prod: Cyril Schulmann, Nabil Khouri, Rémi Leautier | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

After the death of his father, 20-year-old Subaru spends life smoking drugs, feeling sorry for himself and thinking that life is too short to do anything with. He refuses to find work, help his single mother or leave home. Todd, also 20, would love to leave home but can’t. After alienating himself from his family and friends, Subaru’s path of mindless selfdestruction changes its course after a strange incident involving a soiled sock brings Subaru and Todd together. A journey of self-discovery that brings heartache and redemption unfolds. Stars filmmaker and singersongwriter Cosmo Jarvis.

United Kingdom | 1:12:48 | Dir/Prod: Cosmo Jarvis | Drama | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee

Monday 4th – 12.30pm – $7

Set in the visiting room of a prison, Matriarche is the confrontation between a mother and her son, following a bloody and brutal robbery.

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Plan B United Kingdom | 0:05:00 | Dir: Tom Hines | Prod: Abdul Jabbar Maki | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere In the moments before a man finds out if he is to be a father, he reflects on his unfulfilled dreams.

Blue Monday Australia | 0:11:19 | Dir: Craig Boreham | Prod: Annmaree Bell | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere When you’re sixteen and invincible the world can turn on its head in a single day. Alexis likes to push it as far as it will go.

The Hunter

Gudu (Alone)

Australia | 0:07:03 | Dir/Prod: Marieka Walsh | Animation | 2012 | Byron Premiere

France, Hong Kong | 1:29:00 | Dir: Bing Wang | Prod: Sylvie Faguer, Hui Mao | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Screenzone International Documentary Prize Nominee

A lone hunter undertakes a search for a missing boy deep amidst the snowcovered mountains.

Considered to be one of the foremost figures in documentary filmmaking Wang Bing is a gifted, sensitive and fearless observer of today’s China. He follows three sisters who live alone in a small village family house in the high mountains of the Yunan region. Their parents are nowhere to be seen. The three little girls send their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. With masterly control, Wang constructs his filmic chronicle on the toil and rhythms of daily life and the girls’ irrepressible youthful exuberance. When their grandfather appears there is a new future ahead for the girls, and their family.

Monday 4th – 4.00pm – $11

Kichot Poland | 0:15:00 | Dir: Jagoda Szelc | Prod: Marcin Malatynski | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere What would happen if Don Kichot and Dulcynea had children? A story about an artist, the master of the white line.

La Mirada Perdida (The Missing Looks) Argentina | 0:11:00 | Dir: Damian Dionisio | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere In Argentina, 1976, a family is forced into hiding. The young daughter is sheltered in a fantasy world, light years from the war around her.

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Programme

Monday 4th

12

Father

Plan B

Voices

Blue Monday

Matriarche

The Naughty Room

12.30pm $7

21

4.00pm $11

22

The Hunter

13

Kichot La Mirada Perdida (The Missing Looks) Gudu (Alone)

Our Food, Our Future Sustainable Food Forum – SCU Room 4.00pm – $5

14

Yardbird Förträngd (Repressed) Despite the Gods

9

7.30pm $15

27

12.30pm $7

27

4.00pm $11

28

7.30pm $15

28

12.30pm $7

29

4.00pm $11

29

7.30pm $15

30

12.30 $7

30

4.00pm $11

31

7.30pm $15

31

12.30pm $7

32

4.00pm $11

32

7.30pm $15

33

A House, A Home

FRi 1

ByRon CoMMUnity CentRe

1

6.45pm for a 7.30pm start $50

oPening night The World Before Her

tUeSday 5th

Page #

Time/ price

Film

Session

Date

The North London Book of The Dead

15

Porcos Raivosos (Enraged Pigs) Esas Voces Que Curan (Voices That Heal)

16

Jack and Jill

It Is What It Is

Doomed (Condenados)

Steam Machines

16

adUlt only ShoRtS

A Few Nervous Habits

It’s Dark in Here

Friendsheep

A Twist in the Fabric of Space

12.00 noon $7

16

The Tree

4

Reproject The Naked Leading the Blind

1.45pm $15

5

I, The Intrepid and Uncompromising Explorer Baikonur

6

The Chase Easy Way Out – Gotye

7

Lonely Bones Into the Zone – The Story of the Cacophony Society

8

American Songwriter McDonald Masada

Rolls Royce Arms

19

5.00pm $11

18

7.30pm $15

18

10.00pm $11

19

The Garden Pool From Dumpster to Dinner Plate

Private SPeCial aCon PReSentation

20

The First Time

21

11

Immigrants & Cigarettes Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians

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Tatau Oroverde (Greengold) Much Ado About Knotting

22

Being King Arthur Twisted Stories from Lakka Beach

23

Parrot A Different Perspective

Little Scout – We Are Walking Out

24

Monk: Reloaded Boxer Aquadettes

1.30pm $11

20

4.00pm $11

20

Breakdancer Flips Out (ABC) Virtuosi Viisi Fragmenttia Empatian Luonteesta (Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy)

25

7596 Frames Maralinga Pieces Women of Fukushima

Otelo Burning Edmond était un âne (Edmond was a donkey)

Black Mirror

Motorbike Midwife

19

Boxing Day in Byron Bay Double Vision (ABC)

Polly, Jennifer and Melissa

Corner of 4th and 58th

10.30am $7

Elemental

10

Sünnipäev (Birthday)

The Story of Luke

FRiday 8th

9

Tentboy

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

Thora Second Hand

Songline to Happiness

Sigur Rós “Dauðalogn”

As The Dust Settles Summer Bummer

Piano Mudo (The Quiet Piano) Lost and Sound

17

Rippled

SUnday 3Rd

18

Show me the Magic Superman

Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane (Written in Ink)

Part One: Love

thURSday 7th

SatURday 2nd

3

Co Sie Dzieje, Gdy Dzieci Nie Chca Jesc Zupy (What Happens When Children Don’t Eat Soup)

Aalterate

10.30am $7 Family pass available

Firefly & the Coffee Machine The Alien Boy Skogens Konge Picking Up At Auschwitz (King of the Forest)

Tough Bond

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

WedneSday 6th

2

Frankie Rulez!!!

De Qué Se Rien Las Hienas? Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto

FaMily-FRiendly ShoRtS Fishing or Crab Potting

Dodir (The Touch) The Reawakening of Meade

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15

Dit Ben Ik (This is Me)

Precarious

7.00pm $15

21

26

Kali, O Pequeno Vampiro (Kali, the Little Vampire) Ik ben een meisje! (I am a Girl!) Electrick Children


FRIDAy MARCH 1 – sUnDAy MARCH 10, 2013 BBFF.COM.AU Day in the life of a Circus Mum

MURWillUMBah Regent CineMa

27

Her Name Was

10.30am $7

Förträngd (Repressed)

34

Abiogenesis

M1

Stealth

1.00pm $11

Szörffilm Surfing and Sharks yoUng aUStRalian FilMMakeRS

29

30

The Khanz – Prescription Culture

Hummingbirds

Percolator

A Place Like This

You Can Be Here

Toombaworth

From Here

Daisy

Rain Dog

This Dog’s Life

gala CloSing PaRty Small Apartments

4.00pm $11

6.45pm for a 7.30 start $50

M2

34

Sat 9

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10.30am California dreaming: surfisti di una provincia senza mare $7

M3

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M4

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M5

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The Grand Design

4.00pm $11

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Sleight Of Hand El Gato Baila Con Su Sombra (The Cat Dances with its Shadow)

7.00pm $15

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l3

Planet Nimbin OVNI (UFO) The Hidden Hand

l4

Men in Mankinis Uncommon Ideals Excitation

P5

Immigrants & Cigarettes Make Hummus Not War

The Last Belle The Story of Luke Angela Wright Skogens Konge (King of the Forest)

Ending In 6 Minutes

Coma Grace

The Woman Who Eats Weeds The Garden Pool

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6.30pm $12/$10

41

7.30pm $14/$12/$10

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11.45am $14/$12/$10

42

2.00pm $14/$12/$10

43

4.30pm $14/$12/$10

43

7.00pm $14/$12/$10

44

1.00pm $8

45

3.00pm $14/$12/$10

46

5.30pm $14/$12/$10

46

7.30pm $14/$12/$10

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Elemental My Days as an Artwork I am Peter. I am an Artist and a Writer Veronika The Prophet FaMily-FRiendly ShoRtS

8.30pm $15

3.45pm $15

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38

6.00pm $15

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Fishing or Crab Potting

It Is What It Is

Mudfish

The Alien Boy

The Hoarders

Das Haus

Condenados (Doomed)

Second Hand

Firefly & the Coffee Machine Rippled Frankie Rulez!!!

l7 l8

H2indO Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane (Written in Ink)

4.00pm $12/$10

à la Française

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Journey

Compliance

SUn 10

8.30pm $15

SUnday 10th

As The Dust Settles

41

Welcome to Coal World

Propaganda A Twist in the Fabric of Space

7.00pm $12/$10

A Day in the Life of a Platypus Stalker

l5

Scatter Joy Quem se Importa? (Who Cares?) First Contact Voice Over Baikonur

8.30pm $15

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FRi 15

Wed 6 FRi 8 SatURday 9th

Pillow Girl

40

Alien Alibi

The Khanz – Prescription Culture PostHuman

4.30pm $12/$10

Lost and Sound

PighoUSe FliCkS

P4

Zycie Stylem Dowolnym (Freestyle Life)

RE:AX (Peace Starts With Me)

Triangle Affair

How to Make a Film

P3

Gold

Ten Quintillion

Le Souffle Court (Short of Breath)

P2

Shakuhachi – One Man’s Meditation

The Naughty Room

The Prophet

P1

Petra’s Poem

Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss & the Equinox Farm

Rogalik

34

Sky Burial

liSMoRe StaR CoURt theatRe 36

SatURday 9th

SUnday 10th

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1.00pm $11

Thora

Otelo Burning

à la Française Oh Willy...

40

Gudu (Alone)

FRi 8

This is Australia’s Biggest Wave

L’Invitation au voyage

8.00pm $12/$10

Julia

35

Isolated

32

The Garden Pool

When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

‘grace’

31

Blue Marble Cafe Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss & the Equinox Farm

Quem se Importa? (Who Cares?)

SUn 10

SatURday 9th

Funny Webcam Effects

FRi 8

Feel A Thing

l9

New Year Interlude Sur La Ligne (on The Line) Variation no 2 Virtuosi

Waiting for Robbo

P6

Prohveti Sünd (Coming of the Oracle) Imbolc Lonely Bones The Island of Lucifer

1.00pm $15

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A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard is forced to take on the town bullies when they travel out to torment her father. Filmmaker Jessica Mitchell will be in attendance.

Förträngd (Repressed) Sweden | 0:14:45 | Dir: Jimmy Olson | Prod: Andreas Emanuelsson | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film Nominee It’s late at night, and Kristoffer’s heading home from a party. On a bus, he sees a young man and woman, and repressed memories come flooding back.

A House, A Home USA | 0:06:15 | Dir: Daniel Fickle | Prod: Adam Shearer | Music Video | 2012 | Australian Premiere An artistic young man ventures outside his subterranean home and finds a mysterious counterpart who helps him reconcile his past.

The North London Book of The Dead United Kingdom | 0:15:00 | Dir: Jake Lushington | Prod: Shelley Rubenstein | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere The North London Book of The Dead is a comic story of loss and acceptance, coupled with a surreal vision of the afterlife, based on a Will Self short story.

Dit Ben Ik (This is Me) Netherlands | 0:15:00 | Dir/Prod: Susan Koenen | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere 17-year-old Diede has been bullied in the past. She didn’t have any friends and felt alone. She never wants to feel that way again. That’s the reason why she tells nobody that she is able to see ghosts, not even her best friend Emma.

Dodir (the Touch) Serbia/Montenegro | 0:19:07 | Dir: Alek Conic | Prod: Petar Jevtic | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere The Touch follows a young boy’s journey to visit his injured father. From the harmony of his mountain village to the hospital in the capital, he encounters the hostile world of grown-ups.

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Australia | 1:25:00 | Dir: Penny Vozniak | Prod: Karina Astrup | Documentary | 2012 | Byron Premiere Jennifer Lynch is well known for making bold, if not ill-fated, choices in her filmmaking career. But nothing could prepare her for the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood moviemaking, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and selfrealisation. In 2008, Lynch travels to India to direct Hisss, a tale about the snake goddess Nagin. Surrounded by a wonderful team of untrained but willing Indian crew, her twelve-year-old daughter, and a cast of Bollywood stars, Lynch does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters with uncensored candour. Director Penny Vozniak will be in attendance.

The Reawakening of Meade

Monday 4th – 7.30pm – $15

Australia | 0:13:30 | Dir: Michael Spiccia | Prod: Jessica Mitchell | Short | 2012 | Best Short Film Nominee

Despite the Gods

15

USA | 0:13:32 | Dir/Prod: Cacky Poarch | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere The Reawakening of Meade is a mother’s story about her son’s mysterious life-threatening illness and his equally unexplained recovery.

Porcos Raivosos (Enraged Pigs) Brazil | 0:10:00 | Dir/Prod: Isabel Penoni, Leonardo Sette | Short | Australian Premiere One of the many legends the Cuicuro are passed on orally from generation to generation.

Esas Voces Que Curan (Voices That Heal) Peru, USA | 0:45:19 | Dir/Prod: Delia Ackerman, Heather Greer | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere The Shipibo-Conibo people have lived in the Peruvian Amazon for over 4,000 years, passing on their knowledge of plants and sacred songs from one generation to the next. Voices That Heal tells the story of a Herlinda Augustin, an internationally recognised Shipibo shaman and her family, and of their struggle to keep their traditions alive while facing the challenges of the modern world. Coming from a long line of respected healers, Herlinda was taught the sacred songs (Icaros), the use of medicinal plants such as Ayahausca, and the art of healing massage by her grandmother. The film offers an intimate look into the world of shamanism through the eyes of a woman who dedicated her life to healing.

tuesday 5th – 12.30pm – $7

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De Qué Se Rien Las Hienas? Spain | 0:24:00 | Dir/Prod: Javier Veiga | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere This could be the typical story of Boy meets Girl. But instead, they ask an existential question: what do the hyenas laugh about?

Tough Bond Kenya | 1:23:00 | Dir: Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere Fresh from the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival Tough Bond is about our irrepressible need as humans for family. We follow four kids who find family and a new identity as Survivors, living together on the streets of Kenya, huffing glue to endure the hell of street life. Recorded over three years, Tough Bond illustrates the alarming trajectory of the new generation of Kenya’s indigenous tribes that has abandoned its broken villages in search of a new life in the nearby towns and exploding city slums. Calling themselves Survivors, our characters take us deep into the parallel world they’ve created for themselves on the streets – a brutal playground held together by a code of responsibility to no-one but each other, born from rejection by their community and cold neglect by their government. Filmmakers in attendance.

Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Denmark | 0:07:48 | Dir: Johan Oettinger | Prod: Ellen Riis | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere

UK | 1:30:00 | Dir: Laurent Bouzereau | Prod: Andrew Braunsberg | Documentary | 2012 | Byron Premiere

Warsaw Ghetto, 1942. Samek, a lively eight-year-old boy, tries to pull in a carrot from the other side of the ghetto wall, unaware that two SS men are posted nearby and following his every move.

Co Sie Dzieje, Gdy Dzieci Nie Chca Jesc Zupy

tuesday 5th – 7.30pm – $15

(What Happens When Children Don’t Eat Soup) Poland | 0:08:00 | Dir/Prod: Pawel Prewencki | Animation | 2012 | NSW Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

One of the most gifted and controversial directors of our age, Roman Polanski has lived a life of extremes – from a childhood in the Krakow ghetto and the many accolades of his film career, to the murder of his wife and the personal scandals that would see him forever exiled from America. In Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, long-time friend Andrew Braunsberg and documentarian Laurent Bouzereau team up to provide one of the most in-depth portrayals of the director ever committed to film. Shot while Polanski was under house arrest in 2009, Roman Polanski is a humane, unflinching depiction of a filmmaker whose style has captivated the world, but whose personal life ensured he would forever remain apart from it.

Two mischievous children find themselves in a completely different reality, learning the consequences of their real-world actions.

Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane (Written in Ink) Poland | 0:12:00 | Dir: Martin Rath | Prod: Marcin Malatynski | Short Doc | 2011 | Australian Premiere The compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven’t had any contact for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?

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United Kingdom | 1:16:30 | Dir: Lindsey Dryden | Prod: Lindsey Dryden, Kat Mansoor | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Screenzone International Documentary Prize Nominee

Piano Mudo (The Quiet Piano) Mexico | 0:19:10 | Dir: Amaury Vergara | Prod: Paulina Mayagoitia | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film Nominee Carlos is taken by his father on an unexpected journey through the rural countryside of 1968 Mexico. On route, Carlos discovers a recurring family fracture strung through generations of their father to son lineage. Filmmaker Amaury Vergara will be in attendance

Songline to Happiness Australia | 0:14:40 | Dir: Danny Teece-Johnson | Prod: David Vadiveloo | Documentary | 2012 | Byron Premiere At the age of 17, Ritchie Guymala has survived more than most people could imagine. Yet despite the challenges, he lives life to the fullest, leaving a trail of laughter where ever he goes.

Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different – and music is suddenly unrecognisable. All the songs you’ve loved and all the songs you’ve yet to discover are suddenly out of reach. Around one in seven of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. Could you find a way to get music back again? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, this fascinating documentary follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton and pianist Holly Loach over two years as they journey deep into sound and silence. It combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new, accessible insights from the world’s top neuroscientists to tell the story of the great human love affair with music.

Rolls Royce Arms

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Australia | 0:04:49 | Dir: Greg Blakey, Matin Martini | Prod: Matin Martini | Music Video | 2012 | Australian Premiere Jack Charles performing in Martin Martini’s music video Rolls Royce Arms. Filmmaker Greg Blakey will be in attendance.

Iran | 1:36 | Dir: Mehdi Rahmani | Prod: Mohsen Ali Akbari | Drama | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Tentboy

Yald, a 20-year-old student of architecture, begins to know everyone around better after finding an old friend of her parents. it seems that ‘our city has become that much bigger that none of the many highways are enough to make our ways shorter; at the end of each way, we have already forgotten our everyday preoccupations; we have gradually forgotten how to see the hidden pains in our private lives...’

United Kingdom | 0:09:07 | Dir: Ryan Owen Eddleston | Prod: Pip Broughton | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere A short film about a boy preparing for a big adventure, guest-starring James Bolam.

Sünnipäev (Birthday) Estonia | 0:07:15 | Dir/Prod: Erik Norkroos | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere Vello’s (sur)real 75th birthday!

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Wednesday 6th – 12.30pm – $7

Lost and Sound

France | 0:10:00 | Dir/Prod: Christobal de Oliveria | Experimental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee A body experienced extreeme inner tension.

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Special Acon Presentation Polly, Jennifer & Melissa Australia | 0:04:31 | Dir/Prod: Diego Ramirez | Experimental | 2011 | Byron Premiere A futuristic take on gender roles, identity politics and the idea of progressive thought.

Wednesday 6th – 7.30pm – $15

Black Mirror

thursday 7th – 12.30pm – $7

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Australia | 0:06:14 | Dir/Prod: Jonathan Trakas | Short | 2012 | Byron Premiere It’s been five years since James has seen his reflection. ‘Black Mirror’ is the tale of a young man who can’t face his past, or himself. Filmmaker Jonathan Trakas will be in attendance.

ACON Northern Rivers co-present an evening of empowering film focused on the challenges and realities faced by countless people within every community. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to ACON’s Northern Rivers’ Office. See page 9 for more details.

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean USA/France | 1:34:00 | Dir: Matthew Mishory | Prod: Edward Singletary | Drama | 2012 | Byron Premiere Part portrait of a great artist as young man, part love story, part exploration of the postwar Hollywood machine, Joshua Tree, 1951 presents a side of this American icon seldom glimpsed. Aware of his own potential to be legendary, Dean is at once childlike and worldweary; a brute and a romantic; an intellectual and an Indiana shit-kicker; a playboy and a man of great sensitivity. An unflinching and honest exploration of James Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships, Joshua Tree, 1951 redefines him for a new generation.

Part One: Love Australia | 0:10:08 | Dir: Tony Radevski | Prod: Pete Ireland | Documentary | 2012 | Byron Premiere Love can be fragile. Love can redeem. Love can be fleeting. For these six men, love has been a torrid and sometimes beautiful journey, convoluted by being gay and HIV positive. Love can be complicated. Filmmaker Pete Ireland will be in attendance.

Sigur Rós “Dauðalogn”

Oroverde (Greengold)

USA | 0:06:44 | Dir/Prod: Ivan Landau | Music Video | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

Italy | 0:18:42 | Dir: Pierluigi Ferrandini | Prod: Dionisia Cirasola | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee

A submission into Sigur Rós’ Mystery Film Experiment Dauðalogn is an experimental dive into the last moments of a couple’s relationship. Stars Hannah Fraser.

South of Italy, 1935. Oroverde (Greengold) is the true story of twelve-year-old Bianca Panarese and her love for her fifteen-year-old brother Pietro, who was killed during protests against the closure of the tobacco factory where Bianca worked.

Tatau New Zealand | 0:15:35 | Dir: Chantelle Burgoyne | Prod: Chantelle Burgoyne, Graeme Bibby, Zanna Gillespie | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere Siaki, an elderly Samoan man, has long felt the shame of having an incomplete traditional tattoo. With his vision deteriorating, Siaki is haunted by memories of the tattooing ceremony and yearns to have it completed before it’s too late.

Motorbike Midwife United Kingdom | 0:24:30 | Dir/ Prod: Masumi Higashi | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere The documentary Motorbike Midwife tracks the Herculean efforts of a fearless nurse, Linda Mba, as she rides a motorbike across remote parts of Ghana to save mothers’ and babies’ lives. With painful births come great personal joys for all, plagued by medical complications, poor facilities and dangerous roads.

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India | 0:54:54 | Dir: Geetika Narang Abbasi, Anandana Kapur | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man and an NRI couple are compelled by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, matchmaking bureaus and websites. Confronted with innumerable criteria that determine who is acceptable and who isn’t, they question themselves and their choices. As they introspect, the mêlée of the matchmaking industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to snoop, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. People are searching for the ideal one endlessly and the oft-heard question is – When are you getting married? Much Ado About Knotting is a light-hearted chronicle of this predicament that almost every Indian faces.

Being King Arthur tells the story of a very modern druid King and his Knights of the Round Table. A reinterpretation of a mythical king? Or a reincarnation?

Twisted Brazil | 0:10:05 | Dir: Joao Pacca | Prod: Amanda Lima | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere Twisted is the story of a troubled family. Mum’s dead, and Dad’s an alcoholic. The two sons have different ideas of how to deal with it.

Parrot Australia | 0:23:50 | Dir: Craig Foster | Prod: Emma McKenna, Craig Foster | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere A young atheist scrambles for emotional support as his relationship with his deeply religious parents crumbles. Filmmakers Craig Foster & Emma McKenna will be in attendance

A Different Perspective Ireland | 0:01:53 | Dir/Prod: Chris O’Hara | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere The subjectivity of perspective is framed through the eyes of an alien form.

Stories from Lakka Beach

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Netherlands | 1:16:00 | Dir/Prod: Daan Veldhuizen | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere In Lakka, a picturesque beach village in post-conflict Sierra Leone, five villagers reveal the deepest and most profound moments of their lives. They tell stories about the ocean and the land, about war, love, hope, religion and about foreigners; tourism on the white heavenly beaches is nothing to what it was in the 1980s. Visitors stay away because of the recent war, a painful memory that the inhabitants are trying to forget. This is a story about life after war.

The Story of Luke

thursday 7th – 4.00pm – $11

United Kingdom | 0:29:56 | Dir: Matt Conil | Prod: Matt Conil, Dominic Brown | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere

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USA | 1:34:32 | Dir: Alonso Mayo | Prod: Nina Leidersdorff, Julien Favre, Fred Roos | Drama | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee Sheltered his whole life by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is suddenly thrust into a world that doesn’t expect anything from him. With his grandmother dead and his beloved grandfather in a home, Luke decides to take on a quest for a job and true love, and he isn’t taking no for an answer. A coming-of-age film unlike any other, Luke is an endearing protagonist – with goals the same as any one else his age. Starring Lou Taylor Pucci. Seth Green, Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer & Mackenzie Munro.

thursday 7th – 7.30pm – $15

Being King Arthur

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Aquadettes

Australia | 04:26 | Dir/Prod: Siobhan Mulready | Music Video | 2012 | Australian Premiere

USA | 0:10:05 | Dir: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari | Prod: Drea Cooper | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere

The music on a mysterious Walkman brings together two misfits and shows them redemption.

A group of elderly synchronised swimmers, the Aquadettes show us what they’re made of as they keep swimming through whatever trials life throws at them.

Filmmaker Siobhan Mulready will be in attendance

Little Scout – We Are Walking Out

Breakdancer Flips Out Australia | 0:02:00 | Dir: Michael Dunn and Alison Shirley | Short Doc | 2012 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 0:03:46 | Dir/Prod: | Byron Quandary | Music Video | 2011 | Australian Premiere

Ballarat’s Jami Blomeley lives, breathes and moves hip hop. He’s been dancing since he could walk and not only pushes himself daily with his dance practice, but shares his knowledge with others. Created for ABC Open’s 110% video project.

A young woman escapes the daily grind to express herself in the most unexpected of places.

Monk: Reloaded

Friday 8th – 12.30pm – $7

Australia | 0:03:30 | Dir: Richard J. Allen | Prod: Richard J. Allen, Karen Pearlman | Experimental | 2012 | Byron Premiere

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A collaboration between Richard James Allen and Chris Ziegler, Monk: Reloaded uses real-time interactive technology for a cinematic rendition of capturing the moment.

Boxer Australia | 0:03:43 | Dir/Prod: | James Finlay | Young Australian | 2012 | World Premiere A young female boxer, of an implicitly neglected past, walks out into her backyard for a regular workout. However, on this particular day, she becomes weary of her tough-girl facade and rather than punching her punching bag, she dances with it. Filmmaker James Finlay will be in attendance.

Viisi Fragmenttia Empatian Luonteesta (Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy)

Australia | 1:21:30 | Dir: Sue Healey | Prod: Sue Healey, Viv Rosman | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere Virtuosi is a documentary dance film about the passionate drive to be an artist and the special nature of virtuosity in dance. The film creates moving portraits of eight dancers from the edge of the Earth – New Zealand. Destined for greatness, they all left their homeland in their youths, to pursue careers around the world – New York, Berlin, London, Brussels and Australia. Virtuosi dances ideas across these cultures and reflects on creativity and journeys from home.

7596 Frames Bulgaria | 0:05:00 | Dir/Prod: | M Georgiev | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere In the black-and-white geometrical world something is born out of a particle and starts its existence in the indefiniteness.

Finland | 0:07:00 | Dir: Anna Nykyri | Prod: Joonas Bergh√§ll | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy’ is a short documentary about the lack of empathy for and violence against women in Finland.

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Precarious

Australia | 0:12:37 | Dir/Prod: Jessie Boylan | Prod: Anthony Kelly | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Australia | 1:05:48 | Dir/Prod: | Merilyn Fairskye | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Festival Premiere

The memories of Aboriginal elders who experienced the fallout of Maralinga, alongside those memories of Australian atomic veterans who set up and executed those fateful and deadly tests. They gaze across the same desert landscape half a century later. Filmmakers Jessie Boylan & Anthony Kelly will be in attendance.

Women of Fukushima Japan | 0:27:00 | Dir: Paul Johannessen, Jeffrey Jousan | Prod: Paul Johannessen, Jeffrey Jousan, Ivan Kovac | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere Six Japanese women offer brutally honest views on the state of the clean-up, cover-ups and untruths since the nuclear accident in Fukushima, and how it affected their lives, homes and families.

Twenty-five years ago Reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. In the aftermath, people, and radiation, were dispersed across the Soviet Union. Over 600,000 people participated in the cleanup. 8,000 people still work there to contain the contamination. Further on, houses lie buried, ghostly, under a layer of toxic clay. The power plant itself sits in a vast iced-over lake, its structures terminally damaged. The abandoned city of Pripyat, blanketed by thick snow and heavy silence, is a place after the end of the world. For locals, ice and snow provide protection against radiation, trapping radioactive materials that still linger on. With the spring, flooding will occur, and once again contaminated water will run from the Pripyat River to the Black Sea. Avoiding the conventions of a standard documentary approach, Precarious is a haunting evocation of mankind’s capacity to endure.

Kali, O Pequeno Vampiro (Kali, the Little Vampire)

Electrick Children

Canada, France, Switzerland | 0:09:20 | Dir: Regina Pessoa | Prod: Abi Feijó, Julie Roy, René Chénier, Pascal le Nôtre, Georges Schwizgebel | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Rachel is a rambunctious teenager from a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah. On Rachel’s 15th birthday, she discovers a forbidden cassette tape with rock music on it. Having never heard anything like it, Rachel has a miraculous experience.

Ik ben een meisje! (I am a Girl!) Netherlands | 0:15:16 | Dir: Susan Koenen | Prod: Albert Klein Haneveld | Documentary | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee Every 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. And Joppe is no different, trying to figure out how to ask Brian out. But just how should she tell Brian that she was born a boy?

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This is the story about Kali, unlike all the others, that dreams about finding a place in the world.

USA | 1:36:00 | Dir: Rebecca Thomas | Prod: Jessica Caldwell | Drama | 2012 | Byron Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature & Best Dramatic Feature Nominee

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Maralinga Pieces

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Day in the Life of a Circus Mum

Funny Webcam Effects

Mullumbimby | 0:06:00 | Dir: Jemima Dunlop | Short Doc | 2012 Most busy mums feel like they are juggling a circus every day. But Alice Cadwell really is juggling family life and running a circus. Created for ABC Open’s Day in the life video project. Filmmaker Jemima Dunlop will be in attendance.

Australia | 0:03:00 | Dir/Prod: | Byron Quandary | Music Video | 2011 | Byron Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee A family goes about their daily routine…

Saturday 9th – 10.30am – $7

Her Name Was

Saturday 9th – 1.00pm – $11

As the name suggests, this is a short featuring unusual web cam effects.

Quem se Importa? (Who Cares?) Brazil | 1:32:00 | Dir/Prod: Mara Mourão | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Feel A Thing

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Spain | 0:02:00 | Dir/Prod: Nestor Fernandez | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Australia | 0:06:00 | Dir: Annie Nguyen | Prod: Alexandra Blue | Animation | 2012 | Byron Premiere A Dadaist fable about an unusual girl, born of a butterfly, eaten by a spider that was eaten by a fish that was eaten by a shark, searching for love and acceptance.

There is a new breed of innovators making their mark on the world – social entrepreneurs. People who are making changes, bringing solutions, generating huge social impact and most of all, inspiring people to do the same. A film that searches the world for brilliant people with simple solutions to the hard global issues. The goal of Who Cares is to inspire people around the world, especially young people from ages 14 years old up, to learn more about, become excited by and want to be engaged in the social entrepreneurship revolution. This film seeks to encourage, inspire and spark a global movement of change makers.

Förträngd (Repressed) Sweden | 0:14:45 | Dir: Jimmy Olson | Prod: Andreas Emanuelsson | Short | 2010 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film Nominee It’s late at night, and Kristoffer’s heading home from a party. On a bus, he sees a young man and woman, and repressed memories come flooding back.

Stealth

Szörffilm

United Kingdom | 0:06:32 | Dir: Hayley Easton Street | Prod: Lorraine Edwards | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Hungary | 0:50:00 | Dir: Peiman Lotfi/Karoly Spah | Prod: Hungasurf | Surf | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee

With some impressive parkour skills under his belt, Josh breaks into a bank. Shot in a continuous sequence; follow Josh through his thrilling, exhilarating pursuits.

Szörffilm follows three extraordinary eastern European guys from a country with no sea who find freedom through surfing. They set off on an adventure, with a sense of humour and self-irony, to find perfect waves from the old-fashioned wavepools of Budapest through the emerald green shores of Ireland to the tropical reefs of the Indonesian archipelago.

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Netherlands, South Africa | 0:54:39 | Dir: Julian Watson | Prod: Joep van oppen | Documentary | 2011 | Byron Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee With riders braving the coastal waters and epic swells, South Africa is a beautiful place to surf. But when shark attacks occur, hysteria breaks out – destroying the local surf culture. Fuelled by the media and local superstition, surfers can’t seem to strike a balance. Following three local surfers that live and surf in Eastern Cape and KZN, Surfing and Sharks looks at their history and involvement in the surfing industry, as well as their thoughts on shark encounters in their daily lives. Supported by a panel of shark experts, Surfing and Sharks bridges the gap between myth and reality. Filmmaker Julian Watson will be in attendance.

Young Australian Filmmakers The Khanz – Prescription Culture

Hummingbirds

Delusions in the mind of a young woman. A vision where gummy bears become a metaphor for something far more sinister...

Percolator

Hummingbirds is a coming-of-age film exploring the strength and courage of two young dancers.

A Place Like This Australia | 0:06:15 | Dir/Prod: | David May | Short Doc | 2012 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 0:03:11 | Dir/Prod: Claire Kopietz | Animation | 2013 | World Premiere Embarking on an arduous journey at sea, our protagonist loses his hat. He dives into the blue expanse, but what he finds below is something magical – is it fantasy or reality?

You Can Be Here

In 1945, RAAF pilot Alex Jenkins and his Lancaster bomber crew set out on a night raid over Dortmund. 67 years later, and framed by a garden paradise that he has created, Alex recalls that fateful night and shares an extraordinary story of luck and survival.

Toombaworth Australia | 0:14:40 | Dir: Lucy Mckendrick | Prod: Anne-Maree Shelton | Short | 2013 | World Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee

Diane and her boyfriend are packing in the predawn light to get ready for her early flight to London. She’s going to start her life, to have an adventure. But as the sun starts to rise on her idyllic little town, her mind wanders to the friends, lovers and memories that she is going to leave behind.

From Here Australia/UK | 0:08:42 | Dir: Nick Waterman | Prod: Nick Waterman, Charlotte McLellan | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere Disconnected by time but not emotion, a young man calls his dying grandmother to say goodbye.

Toombaworth tells the story of Tayla, her mate Maggie and the drugs and society that rob them of a childhood.

Daisy Australia | 0:07:35 | Dir: Allegra Caldwell | Prod: Debora Cravero | Short | 2013 | World Premiere David ‘Daisy’ Wright spends his days listening to classical music through his headphones down at the local pub. Losing a leg may have physically disabled him but it hasn’t stripped him of his determination to stay strong for his beloved late granddaughter, whose loss haunts him every single day.

This Dog’s Life

Australia | 0:10:00 | Dir/Prod: Jordan Wippell | Short | 2012 | Aus Premiere

Australia | 0:12:06 | Dir: Jo-Anne Brechin | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee

The neo-noir story of a man seeking redemption for a violent crime.

A young boxer is forced to fight – and kill – for his father’s love.

Small Apartments USA | 1:37:00 | Dir: Jonas Åkerlund | Prod: Chris Millis, Ash R Shah, Timothy Wayne Peternel, David Hillary, Bonnie Timmerman | Drama | 2013 | Australian Premiere Franklin Franklin (Matt Lucas) plays the alphorn and dreams of Switzerland. His crazy brother sends him fingernail clippings in the mail. One of his neighbors is a forgetful pot-head, the other a gruff busybody who doesn’t miss anything. Across the street live a mother and her fifteen-year-old daughter, whom he likes to watch from his window, but none of these are Franklin’s real problem. His real problem is that his landlord is dead, laid out on the linoleum of his kitchen, and Switzerland seems farther away all the time. Also starring Rebel Wilson, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Rosie Perez, Amanda Plummer, Saffron Burrows and Dolph Lundgren.

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Saturday 9th – 4.00pm – $11

Byron Bay | 0:16:00 | Dir/Prod: Daniel Whelan | Short | 2012 | World Premiere

Gala Closing Party

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Australia | 0:07:50 | Dir: Hayley MacFarlane | Prod: James Woods | Short | 2012 | NSW Premiere

Australia | 0:03:24 | Dir/Prod: Samuel Bright | Music Video | 2012 | NSW Premiere | Best Music Video Nominee

Rain Dog

Most of these young filmmakers will be in attendance.

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Isolated

Australia | 0:07:35 | Dir/Prod: Tom Meadmore | Short Doc | 2012 | Australian Premiere

USA/UK | 1:24:00 | Dir: Justin Le Pera | Surf | 2013 | Australian Premiere | Best Surf Film Nominee

On a family visit, Tom’s denial cracks when he sees himself in the narcissistic behavior of his 90- year- old grandfather.

A group of five surfers embark on a journey to search for one of the world’s last undiscovered waves. They go to West Papua, one of the most remote places on earth, with the densest rainforest in the world and an explosive political situation. Staying out of the watchful eye of the local police, danger becomes all too real as they discover human rights atrocities, and expose an unethical mining corporation. This unique, visually stunning film brings to light one of the world’s least documented places, featuring never-before-seen footage of an ancient aboriginal culture – as well as the discovery of an epic new wave.

Sunday 10th – 10.30am – $7

This is Australia’s Biggest Wave

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Australia | 0:02:00 | Dir/Prod: Tim Chiragakis | Short Doc | 2012 When Shaun sat down to record this story he was recovering from a perforated eardrum. That’s just part of the fun of getting dumped by a wave the size of a house at Tassie’s world renowned surf spot, Shipstern Bluff. Created for ABC Open’s 110% video project.

California dreaming: surfisti di una provincia senza mare Italy | 0:12:02 | Dir/Prod: Marinos Kallikourdis | Surf | 2011 | Australian Premiere Milan is an urban city, miles from the sea. It isn’t California. People who know better will tell you that you can’t surf in the city. But when a devoted surfer longs to ride the waves, no obstacle is insurmountable.

à la Française France | 0:07:00 | Dir: Julien Hazebroucq, Emmanuelle Leleu, William Lorton, Morrigane Boyer and Ren Hsien Hsu | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

Sunday 10th – 1.00pm – $11

High jinks at the high court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV.

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L’Invitation au voyage Australia | 0:03:43 | Dir/Prod: Amelie Raoul | Experimental | 2012 | Byron Premiere A man feels the spirit of the environment surrounding him. His gift leads us to the revelation that outside experiences affect us on a deeper, personal level.

Oh Willy... Belgium, France, Netherlands | 0:15:00 | Dir: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels | Prod: Ben Tesseur | Animation | 2012 | Best Animation Nominee

USA | 1:22:07 | Dir/Prod: | Blis Hanousek DeVault | Environmental Film | 2012 | World Premiere | Best Environmental Film Premiere Meigs County, Ohio, is the home of herbalist Paul Strauss. Paul has rehabilitated land left bare by strip mines and has helped to create the United Plant Savers Sanctuary to preserve endangered medicinal plants. He is visited by herbalists from all over the world and holds classes on his 300-acre organic farm. This feature documentary speaks to a man’s passion for nature and a call to living a sustainable life. The film questions the use of fossil fuels and how the extraction of fossil fuels has devastated the land. The film asks these questions in an honest, accessible way, encouraging viewers to rethink their own energy use practices asking for people to become part of the solution. Filmmakers Blis and Wayne DeVault will be in attendance.

Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Ten Quintillion

Rogalik

Australia | 0:09:19 | Dir:/Prod: Romilly Spiers | Short | 2012 | NSW Premiere

Poland | 0:17:00 | Dir: Pawel Ziemilski | Prod: Marcin Malatynski | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film Nominee

An audiovisual journey, Ten Quintillion looks closely at a tiny garden and the myriad creatures that rely on its existence to survive.

Sunday 10th – 4.00pm – $11

Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm

Kolmnurga Afäär (Triangle Affair) Estonia | 0:10:00 | Dir: Andres Tenusaar | Prod: OÜ Nukufilm | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere There is no triangle without corners. There is no direction without a triangle. There is no movement without a direction.

The Grand Design Australia | 0:08:41 | Dir: Samuel Bartlett | Prod: Samuel Bartlett, Robbie Miles | Short | 2012 | Byron Premiere A metaphysics student must decide between sacrificing his own life, or that of a stranger, after living the same day twice.

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Traveling among people and objects, we discover another facet to a world usually considered ugly and uninviting. This dream-like journey is not a dream. Who are the people in this aquarium? And where do we stand?

The Prophet United Kingdom | 1:15:00 | Dir/Prod: Gary Tarn | Documentary | 2011 | Australian Premiere | Best Film Nominee In the vein of Baraka The Prophet takes Kahlil Gibran’s book of poetic wisdom, and spins it into a cinematic exploration of love, life and loss. Filmmaker and composer Gary Tarn, takes an intimate narration, performed by British actress Thandie Newton, and combines it with a score for orchestra, cello, guitar and synthesiser. This unique soundtrack is juxtaposed with images shot around the world, in New York, Beirut, Milan, Belgrade, and London, creating a tapestry of people and places that reflect Gibran’s words.


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How to Make a Film

France, USA | 0:20:00 | Dir: Guillaume Legrand | Prod: Leo Vilarem | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Short Film Nominee

Australia, United Kingdom | 1:23:00 | Dir: Alan Smithee | Prod: Stephan Kern and Seumas Next | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere |

Sleight Of Hand Australia | 0:09:48 | Dir/Prod: | Michael Cusack | Animation | 2012 | Byron Premiere Sleight of hand – a set of techniques used by someone to manipulate objects to deceive.

Filmmakers Seumas Next and Stephan Kern will be in attendance.

El Gato Baila Con Su Sombra (The Cat Dances with its Shadow) Spain | 0:05:30 | Dir/Prod: | María Lorenzo | Experimental | 2012 | Australian Premiere ‘There is more mystery in the shadow of a walking man than in all the religions of the world.’ An animated tribute to cinema and its myths.

PIGHOUSE FLICKS The Khanz – Prescription Culture Australia | 0:03:24 | Dir/Prod: | Samuel Bright | Music Video | 2012 | | Best Music Video Nominee | Delusions in the mind of a young woman. A vision where gummy bears become a metaphor for something far more sinister...

PostHuman USA | 0:05:46 | Dir: Cole Drumb | Prod: Cole Drumb, Jennifer Luk | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere Set in an adrenalised future of espionage, assassins, and out-of-control super science, PostHuman follows a genius hacker and his dog as they help an enigmatic young woman free the remaining test subjects of a black ops test lab.

Pillow Girl USA | 0:08:00 | Dir/Prod: | Ronnie Cramer | Experimental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Over 200 lurid, vintage covers morph together.

The iconic Pighouse Flicks specialises in bringing Arthouse, International and Classic film to the north coast. Featuring super comfortable lounge seating and state of the art digital technology, this beautiful theatre offers the discriminating film lover an exceptionally satisfying experience. The intimate atmosphere of the Pighouse makes it an ideal venue in which to enjoy a selection of BBFF’s world-class films. Pighouse Flicks offers disabled access, disabled toilets facilities and a well-stocked candy bar!

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Propaganda New Zealand | 1:35:49 | Dir/Prod: Slavko Martinov | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere During a trip to Seoul, translator Sabine Program was approached by a couple that claimed to be North Korean dissidents. They handed her a DVD with the request to translate and disseminate it. The film features a North Korean scientist whose identity has been concealed, who uses hundreds of TV excerpts and archive footage to show what’s wrong with Western visual and consumption culture. In the tradition of Michael Moore, the film attacks the moral attenuation, political manipulation and hyper-consumerism that characterize the Western world. In chapters with titles like ‘Rewriting History,’ ‘Advertising’ and ‘The Cult of Celebrity,’ we are treated to a lineup of the most embarrassing occidental excesses and globalisation. This film contains scenes of a graphic nature that may be distressing to some viewers.

Wednesday 6th – 8.30pm – $15

Lea and Arnaud, a young couple, live in an abandoned school. Didier, a small-time crook, allows them to stay there, on one condition: they must help him to traffic children. Filmmaker Guillaume Legrand will be in attendance.

The world’s first instructional feature film reveals everything you need to know about film-making in just 83 minutes. Featuring the greatest array of film-making experts ever assembled; internationally acclaimed talent responsible for 33 Oscars, over $11 billion Box Office, thousands of Film Festival awards and even a Nobel Peace Prize. This film captures the expertise and advice from the producers, directors and writers of Leaving Las Vegas, Animal House, Chariots of Fire, Artificial Intelligence, Trainspotting, The Shining, Syriana, Trading Places, Blues Brothers, Eyes Wide Shut, An Inconvenient Truth and many more. An incredible little film made on ‘less than half the cocaine budget of a Hollywood wrap party’.

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Le Souffle Court (Short of Breath)

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A Twist in the Fabric of Space

As The Dust Settles

Netherlands | 0:26:58 | Dir: Morgan Knibbe | Prod: Morgan Knibbe, Alexander Van Damme | Experimental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Experimental Film & Best Film Nominee

USA | 1:25:00 | Dir: Ingraham/ McGaffigan/Dee/Lubman/ Wiehahn Prod/Ed: Mike Hedge | Documentary | 2013

A Twist in the Fabric of Space envisions our attempts to get a grip on life from the second we’re born, and how we collectively create a prison of complex structures.

Capturing life-changing experiences at the Burning Man annual arts festival in Nevada, As The Dust Settles reveals a rare glimpse into the personal discoveries of love, creativity, the environment, community, and reality. Through individual perspectives, this participatory documentary welcomes the viewer to share five filmmakers’ intimate experiences. Known for embracing life on the fringes, and populated with a myriad of art installations, participants and subcultures, Burning Man provides an ideal location for this story of epiphanies and shared experiences.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

(18+)

Producer Mike Hedge will be in attendance

Planet Nimbin Australia | 0:17:00 | Dir/Prod: Sarah Pickering, Simon Georgeff | Short Doc | 2013 | World Premiere From the subtropical rainforest hills surrounding Nimbin, a hippy subculture discusses all things extra-terrestrial. Glowing golden babies, floating blue beings, reptilian shape-shifters, cloned dinosaurs and humans, Earth-saving alien technologies, stellar activation cycles, psychotronics and the fast-approaching apocalypse are intimately connected in Planet Nimbin. This is everything you never wanted to know and more. Filmmakers Sarah Pickering and Simon Georgeff will be in attendance.

OVNI (UFO) France | 0:06:20 | Dir: Johan Sarbia, Geoffrey Niquet | Prod: Florent Lacaze | Short | 2012 | Aus Premiere

USA | 1:20:00 | Dir/ Prod: James Carman | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere The Hidden Hand examines the phenomena surrounding UFOs, extra-terrestrials, alien abduction, and the US secret military cover-up of supposed extraterrestrial contact and back engineering of alien technology. The film incorporates interviews with military insiders like astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, and Col John Alexander. It also interviews UFO experts like hypnotherapist, David Jacobs, and those who claim to have had actual extraterrestrial contact weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction into a new worldview that may shocking and eye-opening for the viewer.

Marianne sinks slowly into paranoia, driven mad by all the visual and auditory signals around her.

Filmmaker James Carman will be in attendance.

Journey

Excitation

Byron Bay | 0:16:37 | Dir: Shannon Clynes, Ali Mandalis | Prod: Shannon Clynes | Surf Film | 2013 | Australian Festival Premiere

Germany, Portugal | 0:09:31 | Dir/ Prod: Rene Laudi | Surf Film | 2012 | Australian Premiere

An uplifting film shot on location in Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland, which explores the notion of boundless expression, experience, creation and emotions surrounded by surfing. Filmmaker Shannon Clynes will be in attendance.

Men in Mankinis Saturday 9th – 6.00pm – $15

The Hidden Hand

Australia | 0:02:00 | Dir: Paul Bray | Short Doc | 2012 Made famous by Borat, the mankini has proved itself the outfit of choice for three ocean bound adventurers. Created for ABC Open’s 110% video project.

Uncommon Ideals United Kingdom | 0:05:00 | Dir/ Prod: Chris McClean | Surf Film | 2011 | Australian Premiere From the fjords to lochs, brown to blue. Uncommon Ideals tells the story of surfing in the North Sea.

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Excitation is a song for all people who feel stuck in between two worlds: the one in which they are told to live in, and the one which they want, deserve and feel at home.

H2indO USA | 1:16:00 | Dir: Brent Deal | Prod: Elyse Lewin, Chuck Patterson | Surf Film | 2012 | Australian Premiere Fourteen days, one boat, and a camera. Not quite rafting, not quite surfing, the world’s fastest-growing sport is stand-up paddling, and on viewing H2indO: the Evolution of Stand- Up Paddling, you’ll see why. H2indO follows seven of surfing’s biggest names (Dave Kalama, Connor Baxter, Slater Trout, Talia Gangini, Chuck Patterson, Dave Boehne and Jamie Mitchell) on their trip to Indonesia, on the hunt for the region’s best breaks with just a stand-up paddleboard in tow. With spectacular imagery, and unfolding warmth, camaraderie and all-round good vibes, this documentary is an intimate look at a sport rapidly growing in popularity – and the people shaping it today. Filmmaker Elyse Lewin will be in attendance.


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The compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven’t had any contact for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?

Ending In 6 Minutes Australia | 0:06:38 | Dir/Prod: Peter Slee | Short Doc | 2012 | Byron Premiere What are you hiding? What have you left unsaid? With only six minutes left, this is your chance.

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USA | 1:30:00 | Dir: Craig Zobel | Prod: Sophia Lin, Lisa Muskat, Tyler Davidson, Theo Sena and Craig Zobel | Drama | 2012 | Byron Premiere When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it. Right? Described as the most controversial film of 2012 inspired by true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become.

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Lonely Bones

Australia | 0:10:17 | Dir: Simon Weaving | Prod: Ivan Slavich | Short | 2011 | Byron Premiere

France, Netherlands | 0:10:00 | Dir: Rosto | Prod: Nicolas Schmerkin | Animation | 2013 | Australian Premiere | Best Animation Nominee

John Wood (Rafferty’s Rules, Blue Heelers) and Justin Rosniak (Underbelly) star as two dodgy criminals waiting in their car for the rest of their gang to arrive after a heist.

Prohveti Sünd (Coming of the Oracle) Estonia | 0:13:00 | Dir: Kerdi Oengo-Kuusik | Prod: Arvo Nuut | Animation | 2011 | Aus Premiere A human being is the slave of his imagination. It is a long and complicated journey of finding the way out.

Imbolc United Kingdom | 0:16:00 | Dir: Laura Graham | Prod: Colin Graham | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere They say that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime and when you know which one it is, you’ll know what to do. The film is set in real time, and filmed on January 31 and February 1 – as Imbolc took place. Filmmaker Colin Graham will be in attendance.

Saturday 9th – 8.30pm – $15

Poland | 0:12:00 | Dir: Martin Rath | Prod: Marcin Malatynski | Short Doc | 2011 | Australian Premiere

Compliance

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A hallucinogenic film about dreams and making sacrifices...

The Island of Lucifer Denmark | 0:58:28 | Dir: Jonas Bech, Kristian Ussing Andersen | Prod: Jonas Bech, Martin Egholm, Nynne Marie Selin Eidnes | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere A mysterious and secretive satanic cult has been scattering various occult artifects, threatening letters and satanic coins all around Denmark for the past 40 years. A small but determined film crew venture to the remote island of Anholt: The Island of Lucifer, as the cult has named it – to uncover the truth behind the mystery. What happened on the Island of Anholt? Is the Cult still active there? Who is the mysterious Alice Mandragora – high priestess of the cult? The journey, that brings the filmmakers from Copenhagen all through Denmark, reveals several clues and strange coincidences and ultimately results in a surprising and unpredictable conclusion.

Sunday 10th – 1.00pm – $15

Co Raz Zostalo Zapisane (Written in Ink)

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Murwillumbah Regent Cinema The historic Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah is the oldest movie theatre on the NSW north coast, and along with the Pighouse Flicks, one of the last remaining independently owned, family-run movie theatres in Australia. The Regent possesses many of those bygone charms that have always excited people about ‘going to the movies’. Not too large, and not too small, the Regent is a grand venue for screening great festival films! There is no disabled access or disabled toilet facilities – this venue has stairs. A full festival pass for the 3 day Murwillumbah Season is $45 and $37.50 concession.

Abiogenesis New Zealand | 0:04:20 | Dir: Richard Mans | Environmental | 2011 | Australian Premiere In this breathtaking sci-fi spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate planet, using it to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

Blue Marble Cafe

Friday 8th – 8.00pm – $12/$10

Sweden | 0:09:50 | Dir/Prod: Håkan Julander, Björn Engström | Environmental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Sustainable Shorts Nominee

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Where does our food really come from? In this humouristic film about food we are allowed to see the connection between nature and the products that end up on our dinner tables. A short film about a longer story, Blue Marble Cafe looks at the bigger picture.

Sanctity of Sanctuary: Paul Strauss and the Equinox Farm USA | 1:22:07 | Dir/Prod: Blis Hanousek DeVault | Environmental | 2012 | World Premiere | Best Environmental Film Premiere Meigs County, Ohio, is the home of herbalist Paul Strauss. Paul has rehabilitated land left bare by strip mines and has helped to create the United Plant Savers Sanctuary to preserve endangered medicinal plants. He is visited by herbalists from all over the world and holds classes on his 300-acre organic farm. This feature documentary speaks to a man’s passion for nature and a call to living a sustainable life. The film questions the use of fossil fuels and how the extraction of fossil fuels has devastated the land. The film asks these questions in an honest, accessible way, encouraging viewers to rethink their own energy use practices asking for people to become part of the solution. Filmmakers Blis and Wayne DeVault will be in attendance.

The Garden Pool USA | 0:06:00 | Dir/Prod: Ira Chute, Angus Cann | Environmental | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Sustainable Shorts Nominee A man living in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona turns his backyard swimming pool into an incredible, nearly self-sufficient food production system for his family.

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Sky Burial

Australia | 0:02:12 | Dir: Seamus Spilsbury | Animation | 2011 | Northern Rivers Premiere

USA | 0:11:43 | Dir: Tad Fettig | Prod: Tad Fettig, Elizabeth Westrate | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Atop a weathered mountain, rests Thora... a beautifully delicate tree. Her keeper – a lonesome beast named Solomon, provides her with the protection and life she requires.

Sky Burial provides a rare glimpse into one storied yet nearly extinct death ritual performed by a devoted Buddhist lama who faces the challenge of preserving old wisdom in a more global and modern world.

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When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

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India, Mexico, Nepal, USA, United Kingdom | 1:36:00 | Dir/Prod: Victress Hitchcock, Amber Bemak | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere

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Gudu (Alone)

Australia | 0:10:30 | Dir: Brodie Rocca | Prod: Rachael Janssen | Short | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere Go out and get it! Filmmaker Brodie Rocca will be in attendance.

France, Hong Kong | 1:29:00 | Dir: Bing Wang | Prod: Sylvie Faguer, Hui Mao | Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Screenzone International Documentary Prize Nominee

Shakuhachi – One Man’s Meditation New Zealand | 0:11:38 | Dir/Prod: Michael Hobbs | Short Documentary | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Cinematography Nominee A blind New Zealander has developed a special relationship with the Shakuhachi flute, and through his craft he transcends perceived disability and the limitations of blindness.

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Otelo Burning

United Kingdom | 0:14:07 | Dir: Stephen Nex | Prod: Wilf Varvill | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere

South Africa | 1:36:00 | Dir/ Prod: Sara Blecher | Dramatic Feature | 2012 | Australian Premiere | Best Dramatic Feature, Best Surf Film & Best Film Nominee

A chance encounter between David, a posh public school boy, and Dan and Joe, superstitious Irish farmers, might just change everything.

Zycie Stylem Dowolnym (Freestyle Life) Poland | 0:10:00 | Dir/Prod: Adam Palenta | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere Freestyle Life is a story of the art of putting up the fight, when the game involves the most competitive rivals ourselves.

Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush, Otelo Burning is based on real events. It’s a moving tale of courage, love, betrayal and hope. It is 1989 and the struggle against apartheid has reached its peak. Otelo Buthelezi, his brother and a friend step into a world previously closed to them – a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence fueled by Inkatha hostel dwellers and United Democratic Front comrades on the other. For the boys, who previously had a deepseated fear of the sea, flying on water comes to represent freedom, and they are sold. Soon, everyone recognises that Otelo is truly gifted on the water, a surfing star in the making. But his path doesn’t run smoothly, and on the day Nelson Mandela steps out of prison for the first time in 27 years, the young boy makes a choice that will change his life forever.

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Make Hummus Not War

Australia | 0:16:40 | Dir: Mike Kang | Prod: Amin Palangi | Short | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere

Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, USA, UK | 1:16:44 | Dir/Prod: Trevor Graham | Documentary | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere

Klint, a jaded old counsellor, is forced into retirement from his job at a migrant resource centre after 30 years of hard work and service towards minority communities in western Sydney. Branded a racist, he is forced to help an interracial couple caught in a disastrous relationship.

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Filmmaker Trevor Graham is an Australian ‘hummus tragic’. Every week in his Bondi Beach home he observes the hummus-making ritual, mashing chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and tahina. But when the Hummus War erupted in 2008, among the usual suspects, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, Graham was hungry for more. But this war ha no soldiers, bullets or tanks. Just chickpeas and hummus. Make Hummus Not War is a humorous homage to the chickpea’s most distinguished dish. But there’s a personal story, how Graham became a hummus tragic, a father who served in Palestine during WW2 and two lovers in his life, one Egyptian, one Jewish, with whom he shared a great culinary passion. Filmmaker Trevor Graham will be in attendance.

Sunday 9th – 4.00pm – $12/$10

Canada | 0:04:12 | Dir: Shira Avni | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere In this visually compelling short, Toronto artist Petra Tolley, who has Down syndrome, draws from her emotional experiences to produce a distinctive take on the notion of the social self.

Sunday 9th – 6.30pm – $12/$10

Petra’s Poem

Considered to be one of the foremost figures in documentary filmmaking Wang Bing is a gifted, sensitive and fearless observer of today’s China. He follows three sisters who live alone in a small village family house in the high mountains of the Yunan region. Their parents are nowhere to be seen. The three little girls send their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. With masterly control, Wang constructs his filmic chronicle on the toil and rhythms of daily life and the girls’ irrepressible youthful exuberance. When their grandfather appears there is a new future ahead for the girls, and their family.

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When the Iron Bird Flies takes us on an up-close and personal journey, exploring the complex interactions between contemporary Tibetan Buddhism and western culture. The film goes in-depth to portray the experiences and insights of both teachers and practitioners in the US and around the world. Along the way, it illuminates the wide-ranging dialogues taking place between Buddhist teachings and science, psychology, gender theory and the arts. The film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in the West, and asks the vital question – inn these increasingly chaotic modern times, can these age-old teachings help us to find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?

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Lismore Star court Theatre

Friday 8th – 7.30pm – $14/$12/$10

Opened with great fanfare in 1921, the Star Court Theatre was, and still is, Lismore’s hub for avant-garde culture whether film, theatre or music. Walk the red carpet of the Café Verde bar – an intimate, burlesque-like salon open to the public before and after screenings. A full festival pass for the 3 day Lismore season is $80. Day Passes are available – see the venue for more details.

The Story of Luke

United Kingdom | 0:19:40 | Dir/ Prod: Neil Boyle | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere

USA | 1:34:32 | Dir: Alonso Mayo | Prod: Nina Leidersdorff, Julien Favre, Fred Roos | Drama | 2012 | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee

Follow Wally as he races against the clock to a blind date, and she patiently waits.

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The Last Belle

Sheltered his whole life by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is suddenly thrust into a world that doesn’t expect anything from him. With his grandmother dead and his beloved grandfather in a home, Luke decides to take on a quest for a job and true love, and he isn’t taking no for an answer. A coming of age film unlike any other, Luke is an endearing protagonist – with goals the same as any one else his age. Starring Lou Taylor Pucci. Seth Green, Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer & Mackenzie Munro.

Angela Wright Canada, USA | 0:12:33 | Dir: Mu Sun | Prod: Genevieve Farrell, Mu Sun | Short | 2011 | Australian Premiere Angela, a straight-A student, makes a rash decision to cheat on a maths test, leading to a desperate altercation with her teacher.

Skogens Konge (King of the Forest) Norway | 0:15:12 | Dir: Audun Selsjord Bratlie | Prod: Siri Kvitvik | Short | 2012 Jonathan has nothing but his solitude and his work as a moose, entertaining children in the local shopping mall. Both positions bring him little but desolation, as will the animal fur fetishist Isabelle after a brief time of ecstasy. A tragicomic silent movie that investigates romantic relationships between human animals in modern times.

The Naughty Room United Kingdom | 1:12:48 | Dir/Prod: Cosmo Jarvis | Drama | 2012 | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee After the death of his father, 20-year-old Subaru spends life smoking drugs, feeling sorry for himself and thinking that life is too short to do anything with. He refuses to find work, help his single mother or leave home. Todd, also 20, would love to leave home but can’t. After alienating himself from his family and friends, Subaru’s path of mindless self-destruction changes its course after a strange incident involving a soiled sock brings Subaru and Todd together. A journey of self-discovery that brings heartache and redemption unfolds. Stars filmmaker and singer-songwriter Cosmo Jarvis.

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Exploring mirroring and feedback through abstract shapes, RE:AX takes us on a journey of action and reaction.

Coma United Kingdom | 0:24:08 | Dir/Prod: Nicola Quilter | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere Gunter has pulled of the heist of a lifetime: He and a bunch of ageing gangsters steal an original Vermeer to order and get away with it. But the course of criminal pursuits never runs smoothly, and as Gunter slips into a coma, taking the codes to the account with him, the story takes an unexpected twist.

Grace Australia | 0:05:30 | Dir: Liz Cooper | Prod: Annmaree Bell | Short | 2012 It happened over 25 years ago, but Grace can’t let go.

A Day in the Life of a Platypus Stalker Booyong | 0:06:10 | Dir/Prod: Catherine Mariniak & Steve Axford | Short Doc | 2012 Nature photographer Stephen Axford has a new obsession. He wants to document the lives of the platypus living in his creek. But he knows it’s not going to be easy. Created for ABC Open’s Day in the life video project. Filmmaker Steve Axford will be in attendance.

Welcome to Coal World Australia, Czech Republic | 0:02:21 | Dir/Prod: Daniel Bird | Animation | 2012 | NR Premiere One of the biggest environmental battles Australia has ever seen is unfolding. The problem is, few are aware of it. Welcome to Coal World is the animation every Australian must watch.

The Woman Who Eats Weeds New Zealand | 0:05:55 | Dir/Prod: Aaron Smart | Short Documentary | 2012 | Australia Premiere Caught in the midst of a serious illness, Julia Sich-Long found deliverance in a most unlikely place – the wild weeds which threatened to overwhelm her treasured garden.

United Kingdom | 1:16:30 | Dir: Lindsey Dryden | Prod: Lindsey Dryden, Kat Mansoor | Documentary | 2012 | Screenzone Int Doc Prize Nominee Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different – and music is suddenly unrecognisable. All the songs you’ve loved and all the songs you’ve yet to discover are suddenly out of reach. Around one in seven of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. Could you find a way to get music back again? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, this fascinating documentary follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton and pianist Holly Loach over two years as they journey deep into sound and silence. It combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new, accessible insights from the world’s top neuroscientists to tell the story of the great human love affair with music.

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Germany, United Kingdom | 0:01:30 | Dir/ Prod: Max Hattler | Animation | 2011 | Australian Premiere

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USA | 0:06:00 | Dir/Prod: Ira Chute, Angus Cann | Environmental | 2012 | Australia Premiere | Best Environmental Film & Sustainable Shorts Nominee A man living in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona turns his backyard swimming pool into an incredible, nearly selfsufficient food production system for his family.

à la Française France | 0:07:00 | Dir: Julien Hazebroucq, Emmanuelle Leleu, William Lorton, Morrigane Boyer and Ren Hsien Hsu | Animation | 2012 | Australian Premiere High jinks at the high court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV.

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Saturday 9th – 4.30pm – $14/$12/$10

RE:AX (Peace Starts With Me)

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Session L4 continued from previous page Elemental USA | 1:32:00 | Dir/Prod: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan | Documentary Feature | 2012 | Best Film & Environmental Film Nominee Elemental follows three outsiders who are obsessed by nature and driven by a deep desire to change the status quo. Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, mounts a national crusade to save the Ganges River. Activist Eriel Deranger leads a David and Goliath fight against the oil giants who are destroying her homeland in the Canadian Tar Sands. Australian inventor, Jay Harman, is attempting to halve the world’s energy consumption by mimicking natural systems. Separated by continents, each character is part of a global story about water and climate change that goes beyond the issues to reveal the public triumphs and emotional scars of life on the front line.

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Veronika

Australia | 0:26:00 | Dir/Prod: Sarah Pickering, Simon Georgeff | Short Doc | 2013 | Australian Premiere

Germany | 0:07:00 | Dir/Prod: Mark Michel | Short Documentary | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere

When the Nimbin pub is closed and the AM hits, the streets turn mean. Out of this frontier environment of lawlessness, a vigilante duo, Elijah and ‘The Boss’ step in to protect the community. It doesn’t always end well. Filmmakers Sarah Pickering and Simon Georgeff will be in attendance.

Saturday 9th – 7.00pm – $14/$12/$10

My Days as an Artwork Lismore | 0:06:00 | Dir: Catherine Marciniak with Jenny Grinlington | Short Doc | 2012 Rebecca Kinsey put her hand up to coat herself with mud and stand in the same spot for two hours in the name of art mixed with politics. The performance artwork is called Survivor by Indonesian environmental artist Dadang Christanto. Created for ABC Open’s Day in the life video project.

As a child, Veronika was assigned an IQ of zero, diagnosed with autism and multiple physical disabilities. Defying all odds, she’s created a system of communication. Sensitively observed by Mark Michel, this is her story.

The Prophet United Kingdom | 1:15:00 | Dir/Prod: Gary Tarn | Documentary Feature Films | 2011 | Best Film Nominee The Prophet takes Kahlil Gibran’s book of poetic wisdom, and spins it into a cinematic exploration of love, life and loss. Filmmaker and composer Gary Tarn, director of the cult film Black Sun, takes an intimate narration, performed by British actress Thandie Newton, and combines it with a score for orchestra, cello, guitar and synthesiser. This unique soundtrack is juxtaposed with images shot around the world, in New York, Beirut, Milan, Belgrade, and London, creating a tapestry of people and places that reflect Gibran’s words. Finding beauty in the everyday, The Prophet reveals an uninhibited eye observing the world through the lens of poetic wisdom.

Filmmaker Jenny Grinlington will be in attendance.

I am Peter. I am an Artist and a Writer Australia | 0:04:00 | Dir: Tony Byrant | Short Doc | 2012 Peter Rowe has Down syndrome and can’t speak. The sound of Peter’s words in this documentary is generated by a computer program. Created for ABC Open’s Day in the life video project.

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Fishing or Crab Potting Ocean Shores | 0:01:40 | Dir: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric | Animation | 2011 Spike is insistent that his father goes fishing or crab potting in their canoe.

Mud Crab Ocean Shores | 0:4:51 | Dir: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric | Animation | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere Spike has just caught his first mud crab. Now he and Dadda have to remove it from the crab pot without losing a finger. Filmmaker Sheldon Lieberman & Spike will be in attendance.

The Hoarders Australia | 0:12:29 | Dir: Keaton Stewart | Prod: Brylan Stewart, Sarah Spackman | Short | 2012 | Byron Premiere Two inseparable friends lose the key to open the box that contains the gift for their friend, and they come to realise that the act of giving is more important than the gift itself. Filmmakers Keaton Stewart & Sarah Spackman will be in attendance.

Condenados (Doomed) Spain | 0:11:00 | Dir/Prod: Guillermo Garcia Carsi | Animation | 2011 A fictional comedy as a documentary, Doomed revolves around the life and habits of non-terrestrial creatures that co-exist for 24 hours with a narrator. Because of their biology, these creatures are condemned them to a loss of time and energy and eventually, to an absurd and comical extinction.

Firefly and the Coffee Machine USA | 0:06:35 | Dir: John Michael Wilyat | Prod: Nicholas Reczynski | Animation | 2012 Characters from a series of drawings by an eight-year-old girl are transformed into a vivid animated story.

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USA | 0:04:53 | Dir: San Charoenchai | Animation | 2011 A narcissistic space alien attempts to plant his flag on every planet in the galaxy.

It Is What It Is United Kingdom | 0:04:22 | Dir/Prod: Pepijn Schroeijers | Animation | 2012 What we see makes up 20 per cent of our perception. The rest comes from subjective interpretations of the brain. How do we adapt to different views?

The Alien Boy Australia | 0:13:11 | DIr: Miles Szanto | Prod: Annmaree Bell | Young Australian Filmmaker | 2012 You’re only alien until you meet someone the same.

Das Haus Germany | 0:06:48 | Dir/Prod: David Buob | Animation | 2011 | Northern Rivers Premiere A little girl longs to care for her elderly grandmother. Her mother and aunt refuse, which only leaves her with one option…

Second Hand Canada | 0:07:33 | Dir/Prod: Isaac King | Animation | 2011 | Sustainable Shorts Nominee The term ‘second hand’ refers to the ticking hand on a clock; it also describes re-used items. Would you rather save time? Or save stuff? This film examines the imbalance and waste created by these modern obsessions.

Rippled Australia | 0:03:57 | Dir: Darcy Prendergast | Animation | 2011 | Best Music Video Nominee In a dystopian landscape, a new breed of creature evolves.

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Scatter Joy Australia | 0:26:00 | Dir/Prod: Amy Hoogenboom | Short | 2012 | Northern Rivers Premiere

Quem se Importa? (Who Cares?)

Scatter Joy tells the inspiring story of legally blind cartoonist Brent Harpur.

Brazil | 1:32:00 | Dir/Prod Mara Mourao, Tatiana Battaglia | Documentary Feature | 2012

Filmmaker Amy Hoogenboom will be in attendance.

There is a new breed of innovators making their mark on the world – social entrepreneurs. People who are making changes, bringing solutions, generating huge social impact and most of all, inspiring people to do the same. A film that searches the world for brilliant people with simple solutions to the hard global issues. The goal of Who Cares is to inspire people around the world, especially young people from ages 14 years up, to learn more about, become excited by and want to be engaged in the social entrepreneurship revolution. This film seeks to encourage, inspire and spark a global movement of change makers.

First Contact

Baikonur

Australia | 0:20:58 | Dir/Prod: Matthew Richards | Short | 2011 | NSW Premiere

Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia | 1:34:00 | Dir/Prod: Veit Helmer | Drama | 2011 | Best Dramatic Feature Nominee

Nestled in old caravans on the edge of a salt lake, a father and daughter eke out a frugal existence in self-imposed exile. Their world is shattered when they discover a body. On the verge of death, the stranger’s arrival throws them into conflict, forcing them to confront the very thing they’ve been hiding from.

Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep. So goes the unwritten law of the Kazakh steppes. A law avidly adhered to by the inhabitants of a small village, who collect the space debris that falls downrange from the nearby Baikonur space station.

Filmmaker Matthew Richards will be in attendance

Voice Over Spain | 0:09:40 | Dir: Martin Rosete | Prod: Koldo Zuazua | Short | 2012 An old man jumps from one extreme another.

New Year Interlude

Virtuosi

Ukraine | 0:15:00 | Dir: Borys Shusterman | Prod: Olga Borisova | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere

Australia | 1:21:30 | Dir: Sue Healey | Prod: Sue Healey, Viv Rosman | Documentary Feature | 2012

Ukrainian theatre actors find work part time in the new year as Father Frost and Snow Maiden.

Sur La Ligne (on The Line) Variation no 2 0:24:00 | Anne-Marie Turcotte & Mario Calvé | Short | 2012 | Australian Premiere A quiet morning at a sleepy, countryside beach. Three children with a fantastic imagination observe and take themselves to a universe of dance, playful and delusional. A mirage without end, poetry in motion, in a decor of sand, sun and water.

Virtuosi is a documentary dance film about the passionate drive to be an artist and the special nature of virtuosity in dance. The film creates moving portraits of eight dancers from the edge of the Earth – New Zealand. Destined for greatness, they all left their homeland in their youths, to pursue careers around the world – New York, Berlin, London, Brussels and Australia. Virtuosi dances ideas across these cultures and reflects on creativity and journeys from home.

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