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FESTIVAL PROGRAM


SPONSORS

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INDUSTRY PARTNERS

ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS SESSIONS VENUES

MEDIA PARTNERS

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SUPPORTERS Margaret Robertson

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Director’s Statement J’aimee Skippon-Volke Festival Director

10 YEARS OF BBFF It’s ten years in and we’re still excited here at the Byron Bay Film Festival. These 10 years have seen BBFF go from 55 films to 185 and become a “go-to” film destination, as veteran actor Jack Thompson described it, and Australia’s “best” festival, according to others. Each year has brought a further sharpening of BBFF’s capacity to bring to you – our audience of Northern Rivers locals and cultural visitors – films to delight your senses, re-ignite your passions, challenge your prejudices and broaden your vision of the world. A dedicated team have worked hard to build this 10th festival in order to share the work of inspired creatives who, in turn, have worked hard to bring their vision and ideas to the big screen. It’s important to remember that change starts with an idea, it’s easy to let today’s political and environmental climate strip you of optimism and

belief in the basic good nature of our species. As always, many of the films we screen shine a light on the personal stories of those who walk their own path, or stand up for what they believe in. Some of our films share that message of hope, while others invite discussion of the importance of tolerance and to look beyond what you know, or what feels safe in order to experience understanding, or in some cases enlightenment. With an open mind the future is bright, or at the very least holds seeds of hope. My Co-Director, Osvaldo C. Alfaro, and I are excited to be able to share a new story-telling medium with Byron – Virtual Reality (VR). VR and what will come after unleashes an exciting world of infinite possibilities. Mention must be made of the passing in June of our long standing Patron Paul Cox. Paul heralded us through our first decade of growth, and for us,

he represented the fighting spirit of independent film and independent filmmakers, he was a passionate and insightful Filmmaker. Paul said of BBFF, “The true potential of the cinema can only be experienced when one has freedom of expression and finds an audience that’s not conditioned to constantly be entertained. This is an important festival and for those young people that screen here for the first time it can be a life-changing experience”. Whilst we bring the films and filmmakers to you, that is just part of the equation that makes a great festival. You, our audience, help create the unique feel of our event. We’re excited about what we can create over the next 10 years, as we continue to champion local talent and stories, Australia’s young filmmakers and to bring innovative technology, great films, filmmakers and creators to this amazing region.

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BBFF TICKETS Choosing your films has never been easier

For the first time there’s a BBFF app for Android phones and iPhones. This app is combined with a new online ticketing system which includes a number of helpful features:

Your phone is your ticket Buy tickets easily on your mobile with our apps and receive QR coded tickets for presentation and scanning at the door.

Wishlist Browse the program at your leisure, highlight films you’d like to see, without pressure to book on the spot. You can plan your BBFF schedule, add screenings to your calendar and share with friends.

Plan Your Night/Make A Day of It

Flexi-Passes Buy 6, 10 or 20 tickets at discounted prices, redeem them against the films you want to see. You can book 1 ticket to 6 sessions, or bring your friends and book up to 4 tickets to 1 session, the choice is yours. Book as many films as you like in a single transaction or buy your pass now and book the individual films you want to see later at any of our venues.

You be the Judge Vote for your favourite film. Our 10th Festival will feature our very first Audience Favourite Award.

Learn which local restaurants and businesses are offering special deals to ticket holders. You can create your wishlist and buy your tickets and passes through our website or by downloading the ‘Byron Bay Film Festival’ app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store or bbff.com.au. All advanced tickets should be bought through www.bbff.com.au or the BBFF App. Please note that it is a requirement that children under 15 are accompanied by an adult.

BBFF VENUES

Byron Community Centre 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay The Community Centre is our ‘Festival HQ’. We’ll be running an Information Booth and selling tickets at the venue from October 10th to 14th from between 10am & 1.30pm and during the festival every day from 10am to 7.30pm.

Legend

Pighouse Flicks

Brunswick Picture House

1 Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay (next to the Byron Bay Brewery)

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads

Tickets are available from 12pm Monday to Friday and 2pm on weekends.

Tickets are available Wednesday to Sunday from 7am to 3pm and one hour before the film screening.

Films in this programme have icons to help you find the right session.

Director’s Pick Environment Social Justice Visual Feast

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Drama Culture Local Surf

Feel Good Comedy Action

Regent Cinema 5 Brisbane St, Murwillumbah The Box Office is open from 11.30am to 9.30pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. This venue has stairs and no disabled access or disabled toilet facilities.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Are you on the Bus or Are you off the Bus?

Take a trip on the Magic Bus on the evening of Sunday Oct 16th from Byron to the quirky Brunswick Picture House to experience a special screening of Going Furthur with the filmmaker on the bus with you. We may not be travelling from Haight Ashbury to the Fillmore East but we’re offering you the opportunity to buy a bus ticket with your film ticket and bring your inner Merry Prankster out to play. See for yourself why everyone loves the Picture House. Return bus tickets are $15 and limited. See our website and app to book yours.

BBFF Filmmakers’ Breakfast

Monday October 17 2016 – from 8.30 to 11am Beach, Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay – $30 For the past 6 years we’ve held a special Filmmakers’ Breakfast where Filmmakers are interviewed and stories are shared over the best meal of the day. For the first time ever we are opening our Filmmakers’ Breakfast to the public. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with our filmmakers and VIPs – and what better venue than Beach, Byron Bay? Set high on the dunes of Clarkes Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean and our gorgeous hinterland, as locals know, this is the only absolute beachfront restaurant in Byron Bay. You’ll enjoy the stories behind the films as well a delicious Beach breakfast made from the freshest in-season produce and served with a delicious coffee the multi-award-winning Byron Bay Coffee Company. Stay for an hour or tune in for the whole event. There are limited tickets available through our app and website to this exclusive Filmmakers Breakfast at Beach. See You There!

APRA AMCOS Music Video Award Friday Oct 21st – 9.30pm Byron Bay Brewery – FREE

Music videos inspire collaboration, bring together creatives and provide a vital calling card for talented directors. Famous music video directors who moved on to feature films include Michel Gondry, David Fincher, Spike Jonze and Gus Van Sant. Join the filmmakers and musicians behind 20 of the hottest music videos submitted to this year’s festival at a special screening at one of Byron’s iconic venues, the freshly revamped Byron Bay Brewery. On the night, the APRA AMCOS Music Video Award will be presented to one of these videos to recognise the collaborative effort of songwriters and directors. The finalists include videos from SAFIA, Timber Bones, Boy & Bear, The Secret City, Wren, The Church, Life is Better Blonde, The Lúrra Collective, Airling & Hairy Soul Man. APRA AMCOS is a not-for-profit organisation that helps music creators get paid for their work while giving organisations easy ways to legally play and copy what they like. With more than 87,000 members who are songwriters, composers and publishers, it proudly promotes the value music brings to business and life. BBFF.COM.AU

Documentary Financing

Friday 21 October 2016 – 2.30pm Byron Bay Community Centre, Cavanbah Room – FREE This special Screenworks event will provide filmmakers with the opportunity to hear about contemporary financing models and how to access Screen Australia’s funding for documentaries. Liz Stevens, Senior Manager for Documentaries at Screen Australia, will explain their guidelines for funding and support to documentary filmmakers as well as recent changes to Screen Australia’s documentary funding programs. Following Liz’s presentation, she will be joined by a panel of local and visiting BBFF documentary filmmakers for a lively discussion about current documentary financing models and funding sources. Hear about the success and challenges they faced with different financing models for the production of their recent films. From crowdfunding to philanthropic donations and on to international investments – the options for financing documentaries are manifold and evolving fast. Come along and find out what financing model will best suit your next documentary project!

Sprockets

BBFF’s Schools Sessions Hundreds of local kids aged 6 to 16 from Northern Rivers schools of all sizes will enjoy Sprockets, our Schools Sessions designed to inspire discussion of cultural acceptance and diversity, needs and wants, rights and responsibilities, relationships, understanding, emotional intelligence, human values, death, social action and more.

s p r o c kets BBFF’S SCHOOLS SESSIO NS - 17th to 21st Octobe r 2016 Contact: Tabby 0434 858 711 | schools@bbff.com .au

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They are joined by filmmakers both Australian and international who are sharing their work and their stories. To make a Schools Booking or to learn more about the films we’ll be screening visit www.bbff. com.au/schools-program.

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TOUCH REALITY

Where the Art of Tech Comes to Life 22 and 23 October

Filmmaking has always sat at the cutting edge of innovation, design and exhibition. It is true collective endeavour which encapsulates a variety of team members and highlights their creative skills. Since BBFF2014 we have been introducing filmmakers to Virtual Reality and now we are thrilled to be able to share this medium with our audience members too. At this very special festival BBFF will activate discussion, investigation, incorporation and celebration of creative technology and, in particular, the rapidly growing immersive storytelling and creative opportunities created by Virtual and Augmented Reality. Most of the VR experiences and events on offer are free to BBFF Ticket Holders – see our website for more details.

This weekend gives the creative and the curious the opportunity to engage with and explore in Virtual Reality. Ncube8 provides filmmakers, creative practitioners and the general public the opportunity to engage with VR applications and hardware and to learn about other new enabling tools in order to explore the potential of this new medium. Ncube8 will introduce audiences and filmmakers to new frontiers of the storytelling and the artistic expression of tomorrow. We believe casting an experienced eye at creative opportunities of the future is just as important as acknowledging the filmmaking craft of the present and past.

Demos Using the latest VR tech, Ncube8 will allow festival attendees to experience some of the most innovative interactive virtual reality software demos available. Whether you are going on a spacewalk, painting with light or making music in a virtual studio you’ll be transported somewhere worlds away while never leaving the room. Just as BBFF brings you film premieres, we have a number of Virtual Reality experiences which are not yet for public release and which have never been to these shores before. We’ll make some of these experiences available throughout the festival in the lobby of the Community Centre and others will be exclusive to the ncube8 weekend or will need to be booked in advance. Experiences include:

Songlines 360° Float amongst the endless expanse of The Pleiades, behold the majestic scar trees, marvel at the Western Kimberly and the Wandjina as Rhoda Roberts AO, Head of Indigenous Programming at Sydney Opera and Festival Director of the unmissable local Boomerang Festival, guides you through ‘Songlines’.

I, Philip I, Philip is the first immersive short fiction piece to be developed in France. Shot in stereoscopic 3D you are taken inside the digital mind of one of the greatest writers of science-fiction of the 20th century - Philip K. Dick. Dick’s conspiracy and paranoia-driven stories inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. His visionary imagination laid ground for our digitally-obsessed society. During the course of his life, he finally accepted that reality was nothing but a perfect illusion fooling his senses. What if his peers were robots? What if he was living in an alternate reality?

Home Home: A VR Spacewalk is a collaboration between the BBC and UK VR content specialists Rewind. It is a fully interactive, realtime rendered simulation of a spacewalk, where you are the astronaut that’s sent out to inspect damage to the ISS. You will get to feel what it’s like to be an astronaut floating 250 miles above earth with stunning and vast views of the spaceship, the space station and the universe.

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Workshops – Learn from the best

Panels

Shooting in Cinematic VR

Our Ncube8 panels will widen perceptions of the evolution of art and of technology. Our speakers will examine the big picture of the symbolic relationship between technology and creativity as well as technology’s potential for social benefit. The panels include:

GoPro’s Media Guru Jordan Miller, a 360 pioneer, will run a workshop for filmmakers looking to understand or transition into working in immersive 360 VR. How does VR change the directorial process? Where do you put the camera? How do you stay out of shot? In answering these questions, you will find new and innovative shooting and storytelling practices.

360 Storytelling Oden Roberts, international filmmaker and producer, joins us from Los Angeles to discuss the growing narrative medium of VR. As a front-runner of VR technology he opens the conservation to pushing the limits of VR in regards to storytelling and the future of film production. He hopes to engage filmmakers in VR with its unique approach to narrative film.

Intelligent Design – the Flashpoint of Inspiration Conceptual art curtails time and cost blowouts later down the production timeline. It’s a cost-effective craft which filmmakers should be considering essential. This workshop will dive into creative processes which benefit filmmakers and anyone with a creative project.

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality In today’s rapidly advancing world we’re discovering new ways of interacting with the land of the digital. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will, combined, be a $150 billion industry by 2020, so clearly exploration will reach many aspects of our lives. Could they possibly benefit our education, our research, our films, and even our existence?

Hosted by Dr Jordan Nguyen A decade ago Jordan Nguyen (ABC’s Becoming Superhuman) almost broke his neck in a diving accident. It changed the course of his life, leading him into a profession of making positive change for people with disability. He continues to create futuristic technologies and has ranked in the top 100 global influencers on Virtual Reality.

Ncube8 Artists In the lead-up to this event BBFF has been working with local artists from more traditional creative media and giving them access to VR tools in order to create new pieces in VR. The artists include: Mullumbimby’s Jack Packshaw, Main Arm Musician Danidoo Butterfly and Byron Bay’s Jess Lee Foote. These pieces are available to attendees to experience and will also be available online after the festival.

Dive into New Dimensions

Visit bbff.com.au/vrtech for more information about these panels and workshops and for details about how you can access our VR Experiences.

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GALA OPENING NIGHT Friday October 14th | $80

6.45pm Red Carpet Arrival for a 7.30pm sharp start.

ZACH’S CEREMONY

Byron Bay Film Festival turns 10 this year, which means the Gala Opening Night, already Byron Shire’s most glamorous party, will be an even more glittering celebration than ever. We invite you to put on your finest party outfit and join us on the Red Carpet to meet and greet the stars and filmmakers behind the films in our special ‘birthday’ event, and raise a glass with them to toast Australia’s most essential film festival, famous around the world for its independence, integrity, authenticity – and fun. BBFF is proud to be supported by a number of local produce businesses who are helping ensure that our 10th Opening Night Party is an event you won’t want to miss. Catering is courtesy of the gifted chefs at Byron’s stylish Republik Restaurant and Bar. Republik will be serving a bespoke contemporary menu sourced from the finest fresh local ingredients.

Best Documentary Nominee, Best Film Nominee Australia | 92 min | Dir: Aaron Petersen | Prod: Sarah Linton | Documentary | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Zach, aged 10, is a bright, friendly boy who loves his dad, Alec, and talks excitedly about his upcoming initiation ceremony, a cultural obligation for his tribe and a vital part of his Indigenous heritage. Zach yearns to be seen as a man in the eyes of tribal society and, more importantly, his father. As Zach enters adolescence and the pressures of his life mount, complications arise. Against the backdrop of Indigenous oppression, Zach’s teenage experimentation and his violent reactions to racism leads the troubled youth to some dark places. Alec knows that without a true connection to his culture, Zach is lost. It’s time for Zach to answer the call of his Elders, to take part in the ancient rite of passage and walk in the footsteps of his ancestors. Zach, aged 15, is neither the bright-eyed boy nor the angry teenager. He’s someone new, he’s a boy who may finally understand what it means to become a man. He goes on a journey of discovery into ancient traditions that date back thousands of years and have been passed down through the generations. But is Zach ready to take on the responsibility of his tribe and family, or will he seek the easier but temporary answers of the modern world? Is Zach really ready to take this next step and awaken the warrior within? Zach’s Ceremony is an extraordinary documentary captured over ten years that shows one boy’s journey to manhood in a complex, emotionally driven story. Its themes are universal: those of family and connection, but it also explores the fascinating and unique question of what it means to be a modern man belonging to the oldest living culture on Earth. Members of the Doomadgee Family will be in attendance

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GALA CLOSING PARTY

THE BENTLEY EFFECT

Saturday October 22nd

6.45pm Red Carpet Arrival for a 7.30pm sharp start. And it’s a wrap! Like all good things, the 10th Byron Bay Film Festival must come to an end, with the closing night celebrations the last opportunity to reflect upon the ideas, the passion, the creative magic we shared during this 10-day extravaganza of film. It’s the chance to connect with the people whose work made you laugh and cry; to celebrate their achievement and their gift to us, the festival audience, with conversation, music, fine food and wine. This is a fully catered event as Republik once again draws upon the freshness of the region to create a delicious buffet.

Best Byron Film Nominee Australia | 90 min | Dir/Prod: Brendan Shoebridge | Documentary | 2016 | World Premiere

Made by Alstonville father Brendan Shoebridge, the film is primarily a celebration of the power of ordinary people to stand up to and defeat corporate forces intent on steamrolling community wishes. When the Northern Rivers community found their home being threatened by gasfield industrialisation, a critical mass of citizens from all walks of life responded to the call. Their deep love of the land led to a massive social movement and a historic showdown in Bentley, outside Lismore NSW. What happened in this once peaceful valley has now become the stuff of legend and is reverberating around the globe. Told through the eyes of the ‘Protectors’ over a five-year period, this feature documentary captures and celebrates what is described as the non-violent Eureka Stockade of our time. This is a film that will educate and entertain audiences in the struggle for effective democracy and a safe clean future. It aims to inspire hope in audiences globally and poses the question ‘what is truly valuable?’ Brendan Shoebridge will be in attendance

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FEATURE FILMS

BOYS IN THE TREES

BURNS POINT

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 16 | 7PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 23 | 11.30AM

Australia | 112 min | Dir: Nicholas Verso | Prod: John Molloy | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Australia Festival Premiere

Australia, Canada | 95 min | Dir: Tim Blackburn | Prod: Chris Blackburn | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | NSW Premiere

Halloween 1997... It’s the last night of high school for Corey (Toby Wallace), Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old times’ sake...

The endless cane fields and waterways around Ballina provide a beautiful and sinister backdrop to this drama of murder, revenge, corruption and friendship. Jeremy takes justice into his own hands after his sister is murdered, a move that gets him into serious trouble with the local heavies and crooked copper Ken. A desperate Jeremy hides out on an island but things are just as complicated there, despite the sparse population. The attentions of a gorgeous, wild girl only seem likely to get him into deeper strife…

DRAMATIC FEATURES

Produced by Mushroom Pictures (Chopper, Gettin’ Square, Molly) with effects from Bangalow’s CumulusVFX the film has been described as “a beautiful beast, a Frankenstein made of the best ideas from Heathers and Labyrinth and The Lost Boys that lurches to its own beat.”

Tim and Chris Blackburn will be in attendance

Nicholas Verso will be in attendance

DOWN UNDER

FROM NOWHERE

HIGH RISE

PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SAT 15 | 6PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | THU 20 | 8PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SAT 22 | 8PM REGENT MURWILLUMBAH | SUN 23 | 6PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | FRI 21 | 12.30PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | TUE 18 | 7.30PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | FRI 21 | 5PM

Australia | 88 min | Dir: Abe Forsythe | Prod: Jodi Matterson | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Byron Premiere

A black comedy set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, Down Under is the story of two carloads of hotheads from both sides of the fight destined to collide. Sincere, though misguided, intent gives way to farcical ineptitude as this hilarious, sometimes crass yet very poignant story of ignorance, fear and kebab-cravings unfolds, and what was meant to be a retaliation mission turns into something neither side could have imagined. Deliberately provocative and confronting racism head on, writer-director Abe Forsythe takes a balanced look at the ridiculous side of a serious subject.

USA | 89 min | Dir: Matthew Newton | Prod: Kate Ballen, Matthew Newton | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Nearing their high school graduation, three undocumented Bronx teenagers navigate the difficulties of adolescence while living with the threat of being discovered by the authorities and their friends. Like most teenagers, all they want to do is hang with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being discovered by the authorities. When one of their teachers connects them with a lawyer to help them get their papers, the teens start to dig into their family histories to assist their immigration cases. As they continue to deal with the everyday problems of adolescence, the teenagers are forced to confront their past and, at the same time, fight for their future. An Audience Award winner at SXSW.

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UK | 120 min | Dir: Ben Wheatley | Prod: Jeremy Thomas | Dramatic Feature | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Tom Hiddleston plays Dr Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Sienna Miller), his upstairs neighbour and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Elisabeth Moss); and Mr Royal (Jeremy Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begin to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

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MIDORI IN HAWAII

NEW YEAR’S EVE

REPARATION

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 16 | 11.15AM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | WED 19 | 5PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | TUE 18 | 5PM

USA | 85 min | Dir: John Hill | Prod: Hiroko Kobayashi, Albena Dodeva | Dramatic Feature | 2015 | Aust Premiere

China | 95 min | Dir: Xiang Ma | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Aust Premiere

USA | 104 min | Dir: Kyle Ham | Prod: Kyle Ham, Steve Timm, Matthew Lessall | Dramatic Feature | 2015 | World Premiere

Local actress, filmmaker and activist Saya Minami plays Midori, a struggling wedding photographer in Kona, Hawaii. Her small world is thrown off balance when Seiko, her judgmental sister, comes to visit from Japan.

This award-winning black comedy thriller follows a day in the life of four seemingly ordinary college roommates in modern-day China.

This powerful multi-award winning psychological thriller delves deeply into how a family copes with the past, what really defines human bonds, and the common struggle to find balance.

As the sisters travel the island together the reason for Seiko’s visit gradually becomes clear and old grudges and mistrust begin to surface. Midori in Hawaii is a small, breezy comedy that explores the nature of memory and the lifelong relationship between siblings. Saya Minami will be in attendance

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However, the day turns out to be far from ordinary when one student invites a mysterious stranger into their dorm room to celebrate his birthday and the coinciding eve of Chinese New Year. New Year’s Eve provides insight into China’s millennial generation and stars Chen Zhenghua (Wild Desert, Marriage Trap), Xie Yunshan (Mulan, The Calligraphy Master) and Peng Yusi (Hangover, Ghost Army).

The story swirls like a funnel cloud around Bob Stevens, a small-town Indiana farmer with a threeyear hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger claims to have been his best friend in the Air Force Police, Bob’s peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. His entire family is caught in the storm, but none more than his eight-year-old daughter who discovers that she has inherited her father’s missing years... stowaways on her DNA.

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FEATURE FILMS

VE PANAYIR KÖYDEN GIDER

THE FAMILY FANG

THE NEON DEMON

REGENT MURWILLUMBAH | SUN 16 | 6PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | FRI 21 | 8.10PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 15 | 8PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | WED 19 | 8PM

BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | SUN 16 | 4PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | FRI 21 | 6PM

USA | 105 min | Dir: Jason Bateman | Prod: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jason Bateman, James Garavente | Dramatic Feature | 2015 | Byron Premiere

USA | 117 min | Dir/Prod: Nicolas Winding Refn | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Turkey | 99 min | Dir/Prod: Mete Sozer | Dramatic Feature | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Acclaimed and controversial director of Bronson, Drive and Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn mixes glitter with gore in The Neon Demon. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. The film stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt, Max Max: Fury Road), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, The Dark Knight Rises), Alessandro Nivola (A Most Violent Year, American Hustle), and Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, Wild).

The story of a village caught in between life and death. The paths of a community, which wants to forget its past and the Stranger, who wants to grasp his past, converge. In a village where only a handful of people are left, the young have left and the babies cease to be born, where each moment seems to repeat a previous moment, the arrival of the Stranger is met with curiosity first, and suspicion later. The dark, covered memories of a bloodied wedding night are revived. Is this Stranger someone from the past, or a brand new hope...?

Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman are Annie and Baxter Fang, the offspring and reluctant collaborators of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunket). Celebrated and controversial performance artists, Caleb and Camille’s work put innocent bystanders in the midst of elaborate staged scenes that frequently featured their young children. When the elder Fangs go missing under mysterious circumstances, Annie is convinced it’s just another elaborate prank-cum-artpiece, while Baxter suspects something else might be afoot. In digging into the unraveling mystery, the siblings begin to unpack long-dormant and unresolved issues from their unorthodox childhoods. Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel by Kevin Wilson, adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Davis LindsayAbaire and directed by Jason Bateman.

(AND THE CIRCUS LEAVES TOWN)

Mete Sozer will be in attendance

Extra screenings scheduled see app & website for details.

UN HOMME À LA HAUTEUR (UP FOR LOVE)

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 16 | 4.15PM France | 98 min | Dir: Laurent Tirard | Dramatic Feature | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Diane is a lawyer who went through a divorce a few years ago. After losing her phone, she receives a call from Alexandre Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Monuments Men, The Wolf of Wall Street), a funny and charming man who found the phone and intends to return it. They make a connection over the phone and agree to meet up the following day. But when Alexandre arrives, there’s a surprise in store when Diane discovers he is only 4’ 6” tall. From that moment on, Diane tries to overcome the prejudices of society and her own fears to experience the best time of her life...

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FEATURE FILMS

A FAMILY AFFAIR

BJØRNØYA (BEAR ISLAND)

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 16 | 1.30PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 15 | 5.30PM

Netherlands | 115 min | Dir: Tom Fassaert | Prod: Wout Conijn | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Norway | 82 min | Dir: Inge Wegge | Prod: Anders Graham, Inge Wegge | Documentary | 2014 | Aust Premiere

On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa.

From the makers of BBFF 2014’s smash hit Nordfor Sola (North of the Sun), three brothers set out on a very special trip together. Motivated by the classic surfer’s relentless quest for the perfect wave, they travel to the remote Norwegian island of Bjørnøya (Bear Island), lugging a surfboard, snowboard, paragliding and various other equipment. They transform the challenging nature of Bear Island into their own playground. The brothers find their ice-cold waves and precipitous slopes, but one must stay ashore, vigilant, poised, with a rifle should Bjørnøya’s natural predator, the Polar Bear, emerge.

FEATURE DOCOS

At that time, the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s, and a mother who put her two sons into a children’s home. Fassaert decides to accept her invitation. But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined.

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FEATURE FILMS

BULKLAND

CROSSING BHUTAN

EXTRAORDINARY

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 22 | 11AM

PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SUN 16 | 6PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | THU 20 | 7.30PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 23 | 4.30PM

Sweden | 58 min | Dir: Daniel J Whelan | Prod: Tobias Andersson Åkerblom | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

In the Chinese city of Yiwu, a vast market fills the shelves of the world’s discount chains with electric Santa dolls, copies of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring and ear-wrecking vuvuzelas. Meanwhile, day labourers gather by the thousands in a human market and children help make the zippers that might end up on your fake designer purse. But China is getting more expensive to live in, and its army of migrant workers require higher wages to make ends meet. Bulkland is an intimate look, from a locally raised director, at the people who labour to bring us cheap stuff, and a look at China in a historic moment. Daniel J Whelan will be in attendance

GOING FURTHUR

BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | SUN 16 | 7PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | WED 19 | 7.30PM Canada | 98 min | Dir/Prod: Lindsay Kent, Colby Rex O’Neill | Documentary | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Fifty years after the iconic first Trip, Ken Kesey’s son Zane took the Furthur Bus – and his father’s legacy – back on the road, for its longest-running tour in history. Armed with a new band of Merry Pranksters, the Furthur bus rode into music festivals, community events, tribal gatherings and national landmarks, reestablishing itself as a symbol of radical selfexpression and cultural revolution all across the country. An on-the-ground account of how Ken Kesey, the Pranksters and the acid tests helped to generate a non-conformist society of free-thinkers, artists and altruists who are now pushing the evolutionary envelope of human potential.

USA | 58 min | Dir: Ben Henretig | Prod: Andrea Chung | Documentary | 2016 | World Premiere

Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress. Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic kingdom, four veteran athletes attempt an unprecedented humanpowered, border-to-border crossing of Bhutan, hoping to experience Bhutan’s policy of “GNH” first hand.

USA | 47 min | Dir/Prod: Matthew Jones | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

ExtraOrdinary looks at the persecution of skaters in the USA and follows seven young men for whom skating is a lifeline amongst the chaos of drugs, gangs and violence in the streets of Compton. In 1996, there were only 3 public skate parks in the entire country; skaters were, and still are, marginalised and treated as criminals. Ever since her own son was arrested for skating, skatepark activist Heidi has been on a mission to get skateparks built across America.

When the demands of the gruelling 32-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhists call the Middle Path – embracing the benefits of our fast-paced modern life while still honouring the ancient traditions and values that make Bhutan unique.

IT AIN’T PRETTY

BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | SAT 15 | 4PM USA | 69 min | Dir: Dayla Soul | Prod: Kathleen Egan, Jodi Morris Production | Documentary | 2016 | Aust Premiere

The challenges and triumphs of female big-wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry are shared by a closely knit community of like-minded women. This probing, incendiary and thought-provoking doc takes you inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualised images of female surfers in the media. Including interviews with top female athletes and awe-inspiring big-wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Mavericks – one of the biggest waves on the planet – this film empowers a new generation of girls to live their dreams and overcome the challenges they face along the way.

Lindsay Kent will be in attendance

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LO & BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | MON 17 | 7.30PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SAT 22 | 6PM REGENT MURWILLUMBAH | SUN 16 | 4PM USA | 97 min | Dir: Werner Herzog | Prod: Werner Herzog & Rupert Maconick | Documentary | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Legendary master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) examines the past, present and constantly evolving future of the internet in Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Herzog conducts interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. These provocative conversations reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

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Suvira’s Fire Themes & Variations Pirouette Mother’s Heart Nanabozhung – We Are the Solution Zoe Wanderers 20 Meters of Love in Montmartre Champ des Possibles Undune Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston? Gloria Victus Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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Bedtime Story Bloodshed on the Faroe Islands Sonic Sea The Bravest, The Boldest Reparation

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High Rise

10 7.30pm $15

Short Film Session More Than God The Deal Cowboys The Understudy En Vred Mand (An Angry Man) The Monster Zero The Albatross 5 Segundos (5 Seconds) New Year’s Eve Going Furthur with Burning Man Going Furthur

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11.15am $10 22 Family pass $35

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Family-Friendly Shorts A Chicken is Not a Fruit Clay Vs Fridge Bundjalung Language Detectives Junction Bunny New Girl Bounce Moom Spaghetti Apartment 1911 Imagine Une passion d’or et de feu Seed: The Untold Story Florence Has Left The Building The Spa The R&B Feeling Return Chasing Lines The Trolleybus-Man Bjørnøya (Bear Island) Midnight Walk The Neon Demon

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Mine Career Girl Midori in Hawaii Meeting Susan A Family Affair City Crush More Than God Un Homme à La Hauteur (Up For Love)

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Boys In The Trees

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1.00pm $15

3.15pm $15

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Zach’s Ceremony

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You Better Take Cover Quelle Musique Tu Parles? (What Music Do You Speak?) A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time Oranges Don’t Grow On Trees Seed: The Untold Story How To Be A Black Panther Whoever Was Using This Bed? Crossing Bhutan

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5.00pm $15

7.30pm $15

12.30pm $15 5.00pm $15

12.30pm $15

5.00pm $15 7.30pm $15

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8.00pm $15

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Boat People From Nowhere

24 12.30pm 10 $15

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High Rise

10 5.00pm $15

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Heartbreak & Beauty Marijuana Australiana

26 7.30pm 19 $15

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Outlapsed Flashes from the Front Anita’s War Under Hitler Citizen to Activist Faith The Battle Bulkland

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11.15am $15 1.30pm $15 4.15pm $15 7.00pm $15

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Gala Closing Party The Bentley Effect

6.45pm 9 film 7.30pm $80

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The Disappearance of Willie Bingham Burns Point

29 11.30am 10 $15

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Zach’s Ceremony

20 2.00pm $15

Double-Blind No.1 Tits on a Bull Starman Mot Nord (Northbound) ExtraOrdinary Faith Sculptures That Lost The Sense Of Time The Music Of Strangers

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Bodies

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The Music Of Strangers

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How Deep Can I Go? I Will Treasure Your Friendship Down Under The Great Forest The Eagle Huntress

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Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble The Eagle Huntress Back to Earth Against Night Crossing Bhutan After the End Peninsula Mitre – A Forgotten Land

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Sculptures That Lost The Sense Of Time The Neon Demon Stereotype Down Under Lost Village Ve Panayir Köyden Gider (And The Circus Leaves Town) Hitch The Family Fang

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A Tree in the Sea

23 6.00pm 20 $15

The Eagle Huntress

6.00pm $15 8.00pm $15 4.00pm $15

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Voyagers Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World Criticism Down Under

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Willow Creek The man & the sea The More Things Change It Ain’t Pretty Making Maude The Landscape Within

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Whoever Was Using This Bed Rosso Papavero Ve Panayir Köyden Gider (And The Circus Leaves Town) Going Furthur with Burning Man Going Furthur

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The R&B Feeling

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Vacant The Woman in Man – The Art of RJ Poole The Landscape Within Young Australian Filmmakers The Neon King Roadkill Alight Arcade St Elmo Meat Foetal Position Small Hands Council

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The Plover Talgar the Hunter The Eagle Huntress

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Voyagers 31 4.00pm Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 14 $13

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The Family Fang

12 6.00pm $13

M4

The Landscape Within

20 4.00pm $13

Elly Down Under

26 6.00pm 10 $13

M5

30 6.00pm 29 $13 20

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Magic Bus Ride – Catch the Magic Bus from 5 $15 Byron to the Brunswick Picture House and back

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Filmmakers Breakfast Beach Byron Bay, Clarkes Beach

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8.30am– 11am $30

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Documentary Financing Byron Community Centre, Cavanbah Room

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2.30pm Free

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APRA AMCOS Music Video Award Held at the Byron Bay Brewery

5

9.30pm Free

29 8.00pm 10 $15

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Ncube8 – Where the Art of Tech Comes to Life From 11am Virtual reality demos, panels and more 6 Sat & Sun Byron Community Centre, Cavanbah Room Free to $15

6.00pm $15 8.00pm $15

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6.00pm 12 $15

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Director’s Pick Environment Social Justice Visual Feast

Drama Culture Local Surf

Feel Good Comedy Action

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MARIJUANA AUSTRALIANA

NANABOZHUNG – WE ARE THE SOLUTION

PENINSULA MITRE – A FORGOTTEN LAND

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | FRI 21 | 7.30PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | MON 17 | 12.30PM

PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SUN 16 | 8PM

Mullumbimby | 93 min | Dir: Richard Baron | Documentary | 2016 | World Premiere

UK | 80 min | Dir: Lia Williams | Prod: Guy Hibbert | Environmental | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Argentina | 88 min | Dir:/Prod: Julian Azulay, Joaquin Azulay | Documentary | 2016

Meet the growers, the breeders, the smokers and spruikers who make up Australia’s cannabis culture.

Can a First Nation community survive in an urban environment? The Batchewana First Nations live in the Canadian mining city of Sault Ste Marie and on the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario. How do they survive as a culture when they feel invisible in the place that used to be theirs? How do they protect the land that they feel spiritually bound to protect when their ability to protect it is so diminished? ‘First Nations are not the problem. They are the solution to the problem’.

The Gauchos del Mar brothers perform an unprecedented expedition by foot with 35kg on their backs over 53 days on the easternmost tip of Tierra del Fuego province, a pristine area where no one lives.

(WHAT MUSIC DO YOU SPEAK?)

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY

SONIC SEA

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | THU 20 | 12.30PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 15 | 1PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | THU 20 | 5PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | TUE 18 | 12.30pm

Richard Baron’s rambunctious, intelligent and timely documentary about the history of the weed takes us to the country’s cannabis capital, Nimbin, where it is celebrated every year with the gleefully defiant MardiGrass, and beyond that, into the bush, where connoisseur horticulturalists lovingly raise their crops. Increasingly they are doing it to meet the demand for the medicinal varieties, and among footage of the dancing Ganja Faeries, bong-throwing contests and advocates on both sides come the quiet testimonies from the parents of terribly sick children whose lives have been improved.

The brothers have the goal of surfing a world-class wave never ridden before at the Cape San Diego lighthouse, the most easterly point. To get there they overcome harsh terrains, scarcity of food and harsh climate. With no communication whatsoever they document the region and decide to share their message of environmentalism, avoiding consumerism and living simply in order to protect Peninsula Mitre forever.

Richard Baron will be in attendance

QUELLE MUSIQUE TU PARLES?

France | 80 min | Dir: Sébastien Roger De Nuñez, Richard Gerard | Prod: Sébastien Roger De Nuñez | Documentary | 2016 | World Premiere

Filmmaker Sébastien Roger De Nuñez discovers Argentina through its music. A country where music is more than just art, it’s a way of life. Although most of the people he meets don’t call themselves musicians they make music come alive. From Buenos Aires to the Andes, a simple dinner with friends to the carnival, a rodeo festival to indigenous ceremonies, Sebastian goes back to the roots of these traditions. Along the way, he discovers a connection to music as vital and natural as breathing. Sébastien Roger De Nuñez will be in attendance

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United States | 93 min | Dir/Prod: Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz | Documentary | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94 per cent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. From the Director of Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? and The Real Dirt On Farmer John.

USA | 61 min | Dir/Prod: Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld | Environmental | 2016 | Aust Premiere

A documentary revealing the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. Sonic Sea features several charismatic scientists, as well as musician and environmental activist, Sting, whose moving interview connects the sonic world of marine life with our sonic world on land. The film offers solutions (and, by extension, hope) for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with our own.

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

THE LANDSCAPE WITHIN

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS

REGENT MURWILLUMBAH | SAT 15 | 6PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SAT 15 | 8PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SUN 16 | 4PM PIGHOUSE FLICKS | SUN 23 | 6PM

BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | SAT 15 | 7PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 22 | 1.15PM REGENT MURWILLUMBAH | SUN 23 | 4PM

PIGHOUSE FLICKS | FRI 14 | 8PM BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 23 | 7PM

USA | 87 min | Dir: Otto Bell | Prod: Otto Bell, Sharon Chang | Documentary | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Philippines | 89 min | Dir: Andrea Capranico | Prod: Darlene Catly Malimas | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

USA | 96 min | Dir: Morgan Neville | Prod: Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers | Documentary | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Andrea Capranico will be in attendance

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. The film follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.

THE R&B FEELING

UNDUNE

ZACH’S CEREMONY

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SAT 15 | 3.15PM BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE | WED 19 | 7PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | MON 17 | 5PM

BYRON COMMUNITY CENTRE | SUN 23 | 2PM

Germany | 82 min | Dir: Dennis Rätzel | Prod: Dennis Rätzel, Gregor Pieplow, Dimitris Argyriou | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 92 min | Dir: Aaron Petersen | Prod: Sarah Linton | Documentary | 2016 | Byron Premiere

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl fighting to become an eagle hunter, a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined. An eagle can only have one master and the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. The film traces Aisholpan’s personal journey while addressing universal themes such as female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. Narrated by Daisy Ridley.

UK | 82 min | Dir: Marcus Werner Hed, Nathaniel Mellors | Prod: Tom Viney | Documentary | 2015 | Aust Premiere

1971. The Los Angeles performance art scene was flourishing. Chris Burden ordered a studio assistant to shoot him in the left arm with a rifle, Barbara T Smith staged provocative interventions, and Paul McCarthy painted his naked body with mustard and ketchup in the name of art. And among them all, Bob Parks, an energetic young artist from the UK, lived with his beautiful and interesting wife, Myriam. Life was perfect, for a time. When Bob’s marriage fails, and Myriam leaves, things fall apart. Bob moved back to the UK to live with his parents. Planning to stay for only six months to finish a series of paintings and gather his thoughts, Bob stayed for thirty years…

A lyrical and spiritual journey of healing through art. Eric Nui Cabales, a body-painter, costume designer, photographer, and conceptual artist struggles to find new directions after the death of his father. Eric finds inspiration a patch of land owned by his forefathers; the place where the river meets the sea and where everything starts and comes to an end. Enlisting his wide circle of friends, Eric creates intricately painted living canvases and photographs them against the larger canvas of the lush surrounding landscapes. A visual and aural feast for the senses in the vein of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi and Ron Fricke’s Baraka, The Landscape Within truly is the place where art becomes limitless.

A documentary about Terra Preta, Mars and Poo. Terra Preta is the most fertile soil on Earth and for a long time it was well hidden, a hermetic secret held by the tribes of the tropical rainforests of the Amazon which transforms meagre tropical soil with permanently fertile earth. This ancient process could enable the colonisation of Mars and the transformation of Earth’s own deserts. Just one question remains: Is there such a thing as useless shit?

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach Doomadgee, an Aboriginal teen wanting to learn about his people’s ancient cultural practices and to take part in the modern city. His desire to go through initiation ceremonies is encouraged by his father, an elder and spokesman for his clan. The camera takes an intensely personal look at their sometimes fraught relationship and vividly celebrates the profound and joyful spiritual practices of their clan in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The dad, Alec, conceived the film to show the beauty of Aboriginal spirituality, which we see in rare and uplifting footage of the lore men and their ceremonies. Members of the Doomadgee Family will be in attendance

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YOUNG AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKERS

THE NEON KING

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

More than 170 young Australian filmmakers entered their work in the Byron Bay Film Festival this year, hoping to have their films shown alongside masters of the medium such as Werner Herzog and Nicolas Winding Refn. These 9 finalists aged under 25 and as young as 14 represent some of the very best rising talent this country has to offer. Almost all of the Young Australian Filmmakers will be in attendance.

Australia | 0:13:33 | Dir: Cameron March | Prod: Danielle Redford, Jordan Lynagh | Short | 2015 | World Premiere

The Neon King is an Australian short film exploring one explosive night between two best mates in 1970s regional Australia.

ROADKILL

ALIGHT

ARCADE

ST ELMO

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

Australia | 0:04:04 | Dir/Prod: Jack McGrath | Short | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

Australia | 0:06:12 | Dir: Tenika Smith | Prod: Michael Ciccone | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

Australia | 00:17:40 | Dir: Emily Dynes | Prod: Brooke Guy | Short | 2016 | NSW Premiere

A hitchhiker is desperate for a lift on a lonely outback highway.

Two strangers cross paths on a night out in the city, and share an explosive experience.

Australia | 00:09:58 | Dir: Megan Chambers | Prod: Jacob Detwiler, Ayla Beaufils | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

MEAT

Maggie is stuck in a dead-end job until she meets free-spirited Ferdinand.

In a rural Australian town six months after a devastating bushfire, a father and son struggle with their loss.

FOETAL POSITION

SMALL HANDS

COUNCIL

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 3.30PM

Australia | 0:09:20 | Dir: Sunday Emerson Gullifer | Prod: Lauren Eisinger | Short | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

Australia | 0:07:58 | Dir: Claudia Fitzgerald | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

Australia | 00:09:36 | Dir: Eugenie Muggleton | Prod: Brett Tinning | Short | 2015 | World Premiere

A middle-aged mother of two adult children plans for a life of independence, then discovers she’s pregnant.

An Australian short film about the indelible marks we leave on each other, which no-one else can see.

Australia | 00:10:56 | Dir: Hayden Fortescue | Prod: Hayden Fortescue, James Pentecost, Gabrielle Cole | Short | 2016 | NSW Premiere

Behind the closed doors of an elite boarding school, Matthews and his friends are cruising through life – but when a weekend joyride ends in disaster, he has to deal with the guilt that consumes him.

In the future, a panel of judges determine who lives or dies. Kane must prove his worth.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORTS A love of great cinema starts early. This selection of short films and animations provide a fun and lively alternative to traditional children’s entertainment. Your kids will get to meet the filmmakers, experience a Q & A as well as a live performance from Bunny Racket.

A CHICKEN IS NOT A FRUIT

CLAY VS FRIDGE

BUNDJALUNG LANGUAGE DETECTIVES

JUNCTION

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

Bangalow | 00:02:46 | Dir: Richard Farmer | Prod: Andy Walker | Music Video | 2016 | Byron Bay Premiere

Australia | 00:04:00 | Dir/Prod: Alako Myles | Animation | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

Australia | 00:06:13 | Dir/Prod: Catherine Marciniak | Short Doc | 2016

A group of friends discover a mysterious kitchen appliance, leading to a chain of humorous events.

Two Wahlabul people have a vision to give the next generation the gift of their mother tongue. But there are a few major challenges.

Lithuania | 00:07:07 | Dir: Nathan Jurevicius | Prod: Nathan Jurevicius, Luke Jurevicius, Migle Pelakauske, Vitalijus Zhukas | Animation | 2016 | Byron Premiere

A hilarious music video from BUNNY RACKET – the first rock ’n’ roll band for kids and adults alike. King Bunny will be in attendance

Alako Myles will be in attendance

Catherine Marciniak will be in attendance

The Face Changers make clay tokens that alter faces. The youngest must climb the mountain and engulf the town in the winds of change.

BUNNY NEW GIRL

BOUNCE

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

Australia | 00:05:54 | Dir: Natalie van den Dungen | Prod: Natalie van den Dungen, Peter Fenton | Short | 2015 | Byron Premiere

UK | 00:10:19 | Dir: Rory Lowe, DC Barclay | Prod: Rory Lowe | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

On her first day at a new school, a shy young girl learns that friendship can overcome difference.

A five-year-old girl’s trials attaining her heart’s desire: the bounciest ball in the world.

Natalie van den Dungen in attendance

MOOM

SPAGHETTI

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 11.15AM

Japan | 00:13:49 | Dir: Robert Kondo, Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi | Prod: Tomohiko Ishii, Genki Kawamura | Animation | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 0:12:28 | Dir/Prod: Peter Nizic | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

Forgotten objects with their ‘memory’ still attached rise from a magical lake. Some memories just can’t let go.

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To get there they overcome harsh terrains, scarcity of food and harsh climate. Peter Nizic will be in attendance

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SHORT FILMS

SHORT FILMS

20 METRES OF LOVE IN MONTMARTRE

BCC | MON 17 | 5PM France | 5 min | Dir: Pierre GaffIé | Prod: Marilia DeloIison | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

Great shorts are the backbone of our festival, they help set the tone of a session and in just a few minutes they can take you on an emotional, heart-warming or thrilling journey.

Four lonely women in Paris find a secret connection between them, through their hearts and through their arts...

5 SEGUNDOS (5 SECONDS)

A TREE IN THE SEA

AFTER THE END

AGAINST NIGHT

BCC | WED 19 | 5PM

PF | SUN 23 | 6PM

PF | SUN 16 | 8PM

PF | SUN 16 | 6PM

Spain | 3 min | Dir: David Gonzalez Rudiez | Prod: Nicolas Gonzalez Macho | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

United Arab Emirates | 18 min | Dir: Shahir Zag | Prod: Jolianne Zag | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

UK | 11 min | Dir: Sam Southward | Prod: Michelangelo Fano | Animation | 2015 | Aust Premiere

United States | 28 min | Dir: Stefan Kubicki | Prod: Saba Zerehi | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Carlos has a surprise in store for his wife...

The last traditional fisherman of Fujairah fishes illegally in a marine reserve to keep a promise he made 65 years earlier.

The only thing worse than being the last man on Earth is being the second to last man on Earth.

Set in the 1960s, a crash landing in Mongolia forces a cosmonaut to confront the loss of his wife and young daughter.

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A VERY LARGE INCREASE IN THE SIZE, AMOUNT, OR IMPORTANCE OF SOMETHING OVER A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME

ANITA’S WAR UNDER HITLER

APARTMENT 1911

BACK TO EARTH

BCC | THU 20 | 5PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM

BCC | SAT 15 | 1PM

PF | SUN 16 | 6PM

UK | 2 min | Dir: Max Hattler | Prod: Multivision Festival | Animation | 2013 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 7 min | Dir/Prod: Jeff Licence | Short Doc | 2015

Australia | 4 min | Dir/Prod: John Winter | Experimental | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 14 min | Dir: Thomas Wilson | Prod: Liam Heyen | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time. Or maybe not at all.

Anita Schulz was just ten years old when she joined the Hitler Youth movement.

Fish and humans in time and space.

A young man resurrects his recently deceased older brother for 12 hours, and they go on one last adventure together.

John Winter will be in attendance

Jeff Licence will be in attendance

BEDTIME STORY

BLOODSHED ON THE FAROE ISLANDS

BOAT PEOPLE

BODIES

BCC | TUE 18 | 12.30PM

BCC | TUE 18 | 12.30PM

BCC | FRI 21 | 12.30PM

PF | FRI 14 | 8PM

Thailand | 5 min | Dir: Kanin Chandrasma | Short | 2016 | Aust Premiere

USA | 22 min | Dir: Oden Roberts, Ross McCall | Prod: Sea Shepherd | enviro | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Germany | 28 min | Dir: Paul Meschùh | Prod: Therese Seemann | Short | 2016 | Byron Premiere

Ireland, UK | 21 min | Dir/Prod: B Welby-Delimere | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Sometimes there’s no happily ever after…

Grindadrap is a cultural tradition that has been going on for hundreds of years on the Faroe Islands, wiping out entire family groups of dolphins and whales at one time.

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.

Two funeral directors are disconnected from life but their friendship has the power to keep them connected to the land of the living.

CHASING LINES

CITIZEN TO ACTIVIST

BCC | SAT 15 | 5.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM

Australia | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Kleber Estorilio | Experimental | 2016 | World Premiere

Byron Bay | 4 min | Dir/Prod: David Lowe, Eve Jeffery | Short Doc | 2015

It’s all about balance.

How does a citizen become an activist? A not-particularly-serious guide for beginners...

Oden Roberts will be in attendance

Kleber Estorilio will be in attendance

David Lowe & Eve Jeffery will be in attendance

CAREER GIRL

CHAMP DES POSSIBLES

BCC | SUN 16 | 11.15AM

BCC | MON 17 | 5PM

USA | 8 min | Dir: Fortunato Procopio | Prod: Johanna Watts | Short | 2015 | International Premiere

Canada | 13 min | Dir: Cristina Picchi | Prod: PRIM Centre, Annika Hellstrom – Cinenic Film, Cristina Picchi, Giorgio Giampà | Short Doc | 2015 | Aust Premiere

On the morning of the biggest meeting of her life, Monica wakes up with an unexpected problem.

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Floating memories blend with urban sounds as the natural elements, tales of loss and love are mirrored by the demolition and construction of new buildings.

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CITY CRUSH

COWBOYS

CRITICISM

DOUBLE-BLIND NO 1

BCC | SUN 16 | 4.15PM

BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM

PF | SAT 22 | 8PM

BCC | SUN 23 | 4.30PM

Australia | 13 min | Dir/Prod: Mia Forrest | Experimental | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Spain | 20 min | Dir: Bernabé Rico | Prod: Olmo Figueredo, Bernabé Rico | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 0:14:00 | Dir: Ryder Grindle | Prod: Daniel Joyce | Short | 2014 | NSW Premiere

Australia | 2 min | Dir: Ian Anderson, Zenon Kohler, Jasper St Aubyn West, Ricky Marks, Raoul Teague | Experimental | 2015 | Byron Premiere

An ivory concubine escapes during his own sale and must navigate the desolation, boredom, and deviant lust of the locals. Mia Forrest will be in attendance

Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He’s divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. But one day his agent calls with a job offer.

A thug, a rent boy and a theatre critic battle for power, dignity and human connection.

Five VFX artists set out to test the theory that a fine-art technique relying on chance could be applied to a motion piece. Filmmakers will be in attendance

ELLY

EN VRED MAND (AN ANGRY MAN)

FAITH

FLASHES FROM THE FRONT

RM | SUN 23 | 4PM

BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM Denmark | 20 min | Dir: Jannik Dahl Pedersen | Prod: Annette Averhoff | Short | 2015 | Byron Premiere

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM BCC | SUN 23 | 7PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM

Australia | 16 min | Dir/Prod: Lachlan Linton-Keane | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

Tom, a teenager on the brink of manhood, grapples with grief and reconcilation following his sister Elly’s death. Lachlan Linton-Keane will be in attendance

Lars and his father take a road trip encountering strong women, a selfproclaimed guru and their repressed past. How does one take the wheel on life’s inscrutable roads when you’re usually the one being run over?

Byron Bay | 10 min | Dir: Eve Jeffery | Prod: David Lowe, Eve Jeffery | Short Doc | 2016 | NSW Premiere

Faith finished work in Byron Bay, Australia, and began the short walk home. It was the start of a 5-hour ordeal that mothers have nightmares about. Now, 22 years later, Faith is ready to share her story.

Lennox Head | 8 min | Dir/Prod: Jenny Grinlington | Short Doc | 2016 | World Premiere

A dramatic original poem about World War I, puts us in the shoes of a journalist writing news flashes between 1914 and 1917. Jenny Grinlington will be in attendance

David Lowe & Eve Jeffery will be in attendance

FLORENCE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

GLORIA VICTUS

BCC | SAT 15 | 3.15PM

BCC | MON 17 | 7.30PM

Australia | 13 min | Dir: Mirrah Foulkes | Prod: Alex White | Short | 2014

France | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Benjamin Bardou | Experimental | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Jacki Weaver plays Florence, a foulmouthed resident of a nursing home who is trying to escape. She gets her chance with the help of a washed-up Elvis impersonator.

The Louvre Museum. Paintings and film sequences seek a reinterpretation of the History from the perspective of the vanquished.

GOING FURTHUR WITH BURNING MAN

BPH | SUN 16 | 7PM BCC | WED 19 | 7.30PM USA | 13min | Dir: Lindsay Kent, Colby O’Neill | Prod: Lindsay Kent | Short | 2016 | Aust Premiere

A journey into the heart of Burning Man. Lindsay Kent will be in attendance

HEARTBREAK & BEAUTY

BCC | FRI 21 | 7.30PM Australia | 15 min | Dir: Genevieve Clay-Smith, Robin Bryan, Libby Banks, Nathan Basha | Prod: Erin Black, Eleanor Winkler, Henry Smith, Genevieve Clay-Smith | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Music, visual metaphor, dance and original poetry express the shared human experiences of love and loss, from the perspective of twelve people with an intellectual disability. Nathan Basha will be in attendance

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HOW TO BE A BLACK PANTHER

HI, HOW ARE YOU DANIEL JOHNSTON?

HITCH

HOW DEEP CAN I GO?

PF | FRI 21 | 7.30PM

PF | FRI 21 | 8.10PM

PF | SAT 15 | 6PM

BCC | THU 20 | 7.30PM

USA | 15 min | Dir: Gabriel Sunday | Prod: Gabriel Sunday, Erica Sterne | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Bangalow | 10 min | Dir/Prod: Poppy Walker, Sophie Hexter | Short | 2016 | World Premiere

Australia | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Kai Smythe | Music Video | 2015 | Byron Premiere

USA | 29 min | Dir: Daisy Zhou | Prod: Wes Middleton, Jen Hubbarb | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an ageing musician coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.

A young deaf boy wanders alone, through a remote Australian landscape. A mysterious man pulls up in a ute, to offer him a ride…

Hairy Soul Man explores how deep some humans will go for love.

On July 4th, 1968, Han Kang navigates through the day in a small homogeneous suburban town as the only Asian American teenager.

Poppy Walker & Sophie Hexter will be in attendance

Exec Producer David Lee Miller will be in attendance

IMAGINE

I WILL TREASURE YOUR FRIENDSHIP

LOST VILLAGE

MAKING MAUDE

BCC | SAT 15 | 1PM

PF | SAT 15 | 6PM

PF | FRI 21 | 6PM

BPH | SAT 15 | 7PM

Australia | 2 min | Dir: Patrick Taylor | Prod: Melissa Benavides | Animation | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 13 min | Dir: Lucy Knox | Prod: W.A.M Bleakley | Short Doc | 2016 | World Premiere

Spain | 15 min | Dir: George Todria | Prod: Gorka Gomez Andreu | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Megan Kinninment | Short Doc | 2015

Imagine a world where we could draw on every resource yet replenish and regenerate all that we consume.

A singer obsessed with fame gets adopted by the parents of infamous murder victim, Anita Cobby.

A middle-aged man and woman are the only ones living in an abandoned village when lights start appearing in some of the empty houses.

Performing as Maude Boate, Michael Gates took the Sydney drag queen scene by storm in the 1990s with his unique sculptured polystyrene wigs.

Lucy Knox will be in attendance

Megan Kinninment will be in attendance

MEETING SUSAN

MIDNIGHT WALK

BCC | SUN 16 | 1.30PM

BCC | SAT 15 | 8PM

Byron Bay | 9 min | Dir: Darius Devas | Prod: Adam Farrington-Williams | Short | 2014 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 4 min | Dir: Mathilde Nocquet | Prod: Jo Melling, Madeleine Kelly | Short | 2016 | Byron Bay Premiere

Jen is thirty and pregnant. Visiting an unknown city with her partner Sam, Jen enters the home of an elderly widow named Susan. A seemingly ordinary house-call slowly transforms into something much deeper, as both women sense a connection that reaches beyond words.

Midnight, hidden by sunglasses and a badass vinyl disguise, a mysterious brunette is looking for her victim. Mathilde Nocquet will be in attendance

Darius Devas will be in attendance

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SHORT FILMS

MINE

MORE THAN GOD

MOTHER’S HEART

MOT NORD (NORTHBOUND)

BCC | SUN 16 | 11.15AM

BCC | SUN 16 | 4.15PM BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM

BCC | MON 17 | 12.30PM

BCC | SUN 23 | 4.30PM

Brazil, UK | 12 min | Dir: Diego Barrios | Prod: Diego Barrios, Juan Coello | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

Norway | 10 min | Dir: Jørn Nyseth Ranum | Prod: Anders Graham | Short Doc | 2015 | Aust Premiere

A young boy feels a strong chest pain during football practice and he undergoes an echo-cardiogram to find why does his heart hurt so much. Diego Barrios will be in attendance

Nordfor Sola’s Jørn Nyseth Ranum brings skateboarding to the frozen sand beaches in northern Norway. Four of Norway’s best skaters have a playful encounter with the Arctic winter.

Australia | 4 min | Dir: Natalie Erika James | Prod: Lucy Hayes, Natalie Erika James | Music Video | 2015 | NSW Premiere

A jaded Japanese businessman moonlights as an electric-organ player at an American-themed bar in Tokyo.

Ireland | 9 min | Dir: Kev Cahill | Prod: Kev Cahill, Ali Coffey, Sorcha O’Beirne | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Natalie Erika James will be in attendance

A pious doctor is forced to deal with a family matter while hiding under the bed of a stranger.

NAN AND A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE

ORANGES DON’T GROW ON TREES

OUTLAPSED

PIROUETTE

PF | SUN 16 | 4PM

BCC | THU 20 | 5PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM

BCC | MON 17 | 12.30PM

Australia | 11 min | Dir: Dena Curtis | Prod: Lois Randall | Short | 2015

Australia | 17 min | Dir: Ande Cunningham | Prod: Sarah-Jane McAllan | Short | 2015 | NSW Premiere

Australia | 5 min | Dir: Evan Malcolm | Prod: Evan Malcolm | Experimental | 2016

USA | 2 min | Dir/Prod: Zige Zhang | Animation | 2014

Nan, of Australian Aboriginal and Irish descent, keeps a photo album of dead family members. Told with warmth and humour, this short film boldly tackles cultural taboos.

Six human batteries rise up against their troubled tyrant.

Outlapsed is a visual journey into the spiritual heart of Terra Australis.

A woman in shadow tries to find her true reflection in a mysterious hall of mirrors.

Evan Malcolm will be in attendance

Dena Curtis will be in attendance

RETURN

ROSSO PAPAVERO

BCC | SAT 15 | 5.30PM

BPH | SUN 16 | 4PM

Ballina | 4 min | Dir/Prod: Jayden Morrison | Short | 2016

Slovakia | 5 min | Dir/Prod: Martin Smatana | Animation | 2015 | World Premiere

We all return to where we feel at home. Those living for the ocean find complete comfort within the waves.

Once upon a starry night, a small boy with a head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances.

Jayden Morrison will be in attendance

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SCULPTURES THAT LOST THE SENSE OF TIME

BCC | SUN 23 | 7PM PF | WED 19 | 8PM Italy | 6 min | Dir: Luigi Pane | Experimental | 2014 | Aust Premiere

A sculptor is working on a marble figure. This artwork, while being shaped, starts to develop a life of its own.

STARMAN

BCC | SUN 23 | 4.30PM USA | 19 min | Dir: Josema Roig | Prod: Jo Henriquez | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

Wyatt Star is a down-and-out motorcycle rider trying to do his big comeback. A death-defying jump over a football field. His past decisions will get in the way back to the take-off ramp.

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STEREOTYPE

SUVIRA’S FIRE

TALGAR THE HUNTER

THE ALBATROSS

PF | THU 20 | 8PM

BCC | MON 17 | 12.30PM

RM | SAT 15 | 6PM

BCC | WED 19 | 5PM

UK | 10 min | Dir: Jordan McGibney | Prod: Luke McGibney | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 10 min | Dir/Prod: Megan Kinninment | Short Doc | 2016 | World Premiere

Australia | 6 min | Dir: Alex Jeremy, Joel Best, Alex Karonis | Animation | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

A bullied teenage boy journeys into the night wanting to avenge his brother’s death, only to find himself locked in a moral dilemma that will change his life forever.

In idyllic Byron Bay, potter Suvira McDonald prepares to fire up his Anagama kiln; an ancient process going back thousands of years.

UK | 12 min | Dir: Charlie Crane | Prod: Archie Hollway and Annabel Kennedy | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

THE BATTLE

THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST

THE DEAL

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WILLIE BINGHAM

BCC | SAT 22 | 11AM

BCC | TUE 18 | 5PM

BCC | WED19 | 12.30PM

BCC | SUN 23 | 11.30AM

Bangalow | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Poppy Walker, Sophie Hexter | Short Doc | 2015

USA | 17 min | Dir: Moon Molson | Prod: Pelin Uzay | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 13 min | Dir: Matt Richards | Prod: Brendan Guerin | Short | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

From darkness to light, a dancer struggles with his shadow self.

A young mother in a Harlem housing project realises the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept. Winner of over 50 international film festival awards.

USA | 16 min | Dir: Daniel Kaminsky | Prod: Brett Young-Fountain, Michael Klein, Daniel Kaminsky | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Poppy Walker, Sophie Hexter will be in attendance

Megan Kinninment will be in attendance

THE GREAT FOREST

THE MAN & THE SEA

PF | SAT 15 | 8PM

BPH | SAT 15 | 4PM

Australia | 13 min | Dir: Marli Lopez-Hope | Prod: Stephanie Westwood, Marli Lopez-Hope, Georgia Morison | Short Doc | 2016 | Byron Bay Premiere

Australia | 3 min | Dir/Prod: Andrew Kaineder | Short Doc | 2016 | Byron Bay Premiere

An ancient Australian forest invites us into her rapidly changing world, where rare life is discovered and inevitable death unfolds.

Talgar journeys through Kyrgyzstan’s bleak landscape to heal his closest companion Tumara the Golden Eagle. There is only one man alive who can bring inner peace back to this quiet hero.

A former high school quarterback realises everyone around him has changed. When his girlfriend suddenly disappears Bryce will do anything to uncover the truth – but it might be more than he bargained for. Executive produced by Joss Whedon.

In the centre of a freezing, misty lake, a struggling writer’s solitary fishing trip is disrupted by a strange creature from the bottom of a whiskey bottle. Alex Jeremy, Joel Best, Alex Karonis will be in attendance

Under mounting pressure from an increasingly vocal public, the state introduces progressive amputation as a controversial punishment for capital crime. Matt Richards and Brendan Guerin will be in attendance

A stripped-back portrait of Derek Hynd, shot in winter of 2015, over 2 weeks at Jeffreys Bay. Andrew Kaineder will be in attendance

Marli Lopez-Hope will be in attendance

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SHORT FILMS

THE MONSTER

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

THE PLOVER

THE SPA

BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM

BPH | SAT 15 | 4PM

RM | SAT 15 | 6PM

BCC | SAT 15 | 3.15PM

UK | 16 min | Dir: Bob Pipe | Prod: James Wren | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

USA | 26 min | Dir: Nathan Myers | Prod: Tim Russo, Sean Doherty | Short | 2015 | Brunswick Heads Premiere

Australia | 7 min | Dir: Klutch Kable | Prod: Sheraden Robins | Animation | 2015

Australia | 8 min | Dir: Will Goodfellow | Prod: Lucy Gaffy | Short | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

A lone plover stands in the way of Henry Arthur Henry’s dreams and hopes.

When retiree Don declares he no longer wants the new spa he’s just ordered, Ivan the deliveryman suspects there’s more to the story than Don is willing to admit.

Trying to resurrect his successful career from the early 20th century, an iconic monster takes a part in a modern-day slasher film.

Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu in 1974. The fabled Balinese wave was pristine, magical, and empty. Gerry returned to Uluwatu 40 years later to find it bustling, developed, and a different scene.

Klutch Kable will be in attendance

Nathan Myers will be in attendance

THE TROLLEYBUS-MAN

THE UNDERSTUDY

THE WOMAN IN MAN – THE ART OF RJ POOLE

THEMES & VARIATIONS

BCC | SAT 15 | 5.30PM

BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM

BCC | SAT 22 | 1.15PM

BCC | MON 17 | 12.30PM

Lithuania | 15 min | Dir: Jonas Trukanas | Prod: Monika Sakalauskaite, Gabija Siurbyte | Short | 2016 | Aust Premiere

France | 7 min | Dir/Prod: Morgane Polanski | Short | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Australia | 10 min | Dir: David Tindale | Prod: David Tidnale, RJ Poole | Short Doc | 2016 | World Premiere

USA | 4 min | Dir: Ziye Liu | Experimental | 2015 | Aust Premiere

An absurd superhero comedy about the mechanic turned superhero who’s fighting to preserve the trolleybuses.

Morgane Polanski’s (Vikings) directorial debut. The obsession of an understudy with a well-known stage actress. How far will she go to reach her goal?

David Tindale will be in attendance

A fully CG-rendered short film based upon contemporary artworks from artists Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei.

TITS ON A BULL

UNE PASSION D’OR ET DE FEU

BCC | SUN 23 | 4.30PM

BCC | SAT 15 | 1PM

New Zealand | 16 min | Dir: Tim Worrall | Prod: Piripi Curtis | Short | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

Belgium | 6 min | Dir/Prod: Sebastien Pins | Short Doc | 2014 | World Premiere

Loyalty versus love. In rural New Zealand star rugby player Phoenix struggles to choose between her longtime friendship with ageing coach Rusty and the new relationship blossoming with team captain Melanie.

A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.

An insight into RJ Poole’s creative process.

Tim Worrall will be in attendance

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VACANT

VOYAGERS

WANDERERS

BCC | SAT 22 | 1.15PM

RM | SUN 16 | 4PM PF | SAT 22 | 6PM

BCC | MON 17 | 5PM

Australia | 4 min | Dir: Elle Marsh | Experimental | 2015 | Byron Bay Premiere

Explore the beauty and emptiness of Australia’s largest carpark. Elle Marsh will be in attendance

Canada | 15 min | Dir/Prod: Santiago Menghini | Experimental | 2016 | Aust Premiere

Travel along with the Voyager spacecraft traversing the solar system on a planetary expedition spanning over three decades.

WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED

Sweden | 4 min | Dir/Prod: Erik Wernquist | Short | 2014 | Aust Premiere

A vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the solar system. Narrated by Carl Sagan.

BPH | SUN 16 | 4PM BCC | THU 20 | 7.30PM Australia | 21 min | Dir/Prod: Andrew Kotatko | Short | 2016 | Byron Premiere

A married couple is woken by a mysterious phone call that begins an unsettling journey into love and fear. Andrew Katatko and Rahda Mitchell with be in attendance at the Picture House

WILLOW CREEK

YOU BETTER TAKE COVER

ZERO

ZOE

BPH | SAT 15 | 4PM

BCC | THU 20 | 12.30PM

BCC | WED 19 | 12.30PM

BCC | MON 17 | 5PM

3 min | Dir/Prod: Sven Dreesbach | Surf | 2015 | Byron Premiere

Australia | 30 min | Dir: Harry Hayes | Prod: Harry Hayes, Cam Stewart, Georgia Gardener | Documentary | 2015 | Byron Premiere

USA | 29 min | Dir: David Victori | Prod: Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Eduardo Verástegui | Short | 2015 | Aust Premiere

USA | 2 min | Dir: ChiHyun Lee | Prod: John McIntosh | Animation | 2015 | Aust Premiere

Men At Work’s 1983 hit single Down Under is deeply rooted in Australian culture. Labeled the de facto national anthem, it undoubtedly resonates with a nation. Though the song itself is familiar to most, not commonly known is that 35 years after the band’s success, they were sued for copyright infringement by music publishing company Larrikin Music.

A boy and his father are emotionally and physically separated on the day Earth intermittently loses gravity.

The dark mystical side of the force of the ocean.

Harry Hayes will be in attendance

“Zoe” means a life in Greek. The story of a man’s life from the cradle to the grave.

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