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SHORT FILMS The shorts selected this year – more than half of them Australian-made – contain some of the most exciting, visionary and technologically brilliant work ever seen at BBFF. From the Outback to the ocean and everything in-between our Short Docs cover subjects including art, the natural world, LGBTQI issues, climate, the decay of small towns and the rise of social media, to name a few. The dramas are just as varied - quirky, deep or simply fun they provide snapshots of human activity in all its amazing variety.

FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORTS Kids these days! Their visual sophistication is matched only by their advanced awareness of the issues and challenges of society and the modern world. This year’s selection – all but one from Australia – shows that filmmakers are keeping up, and tackling some of these issues with warmth, imagination and a welcome sense of humour and sharp wit. ELDERS




BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am BPH | SUN 20 | 6.00pm

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

Australia | 9 min | Dir: Liam Fourace | Prod: Daniel Robbins, Jordan Montgomery | Short | 2018 | Byron premiere

Australia | 8 min | Dir: Susanna van Aswegen | Prod: Jessica Dee | Short | 2018 | NSW premiere

New Zealand | 6 min | Dir: Rebecca Hand, Peter Hillier | Prod: Jackson Preston, Rebecca Hand | Short | 2019 | World premiere

Sam and Neil are astronauts, surrounded by space inspired creations. Sam spends her night in a spaceship forged from her father’s work van, but after a dangerous close encounter, their relationship is challenged.

With a common passion for street art, a free-spirited grandmother and her grandson are forced to share their secret with his concerned single mother and prove that age has no barriers or limitations.

A curious hunter discovers a whiteness consuming the edges of his world and sets out on a journey to save his people. Along the way, he encounters an unexpected travelling companion.





BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am

Australia | 2 min | Dir: Maxx Corkindale | Prod: Maxx Corkindale, Paul Vagnarelli | Short | 2019 | NSW premiere

Australia | 8 min | Dir: Frances Baldasarro | Prod: Este Heyns , Frances Baldasarro | Short | 2019 | International premiere

Australia | 14 min | Dir: Mel Poole | Prod: Dan Macarthur, Mel Poole | Short | 2019 | NSW premiere

Paul has a loving family, a good job, and enjoys life to the fullest. The documentary crew following him doesn’t seem to see that.

Quirky, offbeat, and awkward Alice attempts to get into the most prestigious dance school in the country. Overly optimistic, she is determined to share her unique gifts with the world.

A clown who has lost his happiness encounters a homeless girl while performing in the village square. Together they find joy in the gift of laughter.

Australia | 10 min | Dir: Tony Briggs | Prod: Damienne Pradier | Short | 2019 | Byron premiere

Beautifully shot, wordless story of a boy’s introduction to country by two Elders and the beginning of his journey into adulthood, from Yorta Yorta/ Wurundjeri man Tony Briggs, creator of The Sapphires.

BCC | SAT 19 | 11.15am Australia | 10 min | Dir: Matthew Smolen | Prod: Hayley Adams | Short | 2019 | NSW premiere

Falling asleep can fill you with dread, especially when there’s a mobster laying low under your bed. It’s up to our eightyear-old heroine to figure out what exactly he’s doing there.

Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance at Family Friendly Shorts



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Byron Bay Film Festival 2019 Programme  

Programme of films and events at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival

Byron Bay Film Festival 2019 Programme  

Programme of films and events at the 2019 Byron Bay International Film Festival