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The 16th Byron Bay International Film Festival runs over 21–30 October, with screenings at Palace Cinemas, Byron Theatre, Lennox Cultural Centre and more.

After two years of presenting socially distanced special editions, the Byron Bay International Film Festival returns in October with a strong ten-day program of premieres, panels, and parties that have made it such a well-loved feature event for filmmakers and cinema lovers for 16 years.

Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke said that, like our community, the festival has needed to reshape and rebuild. ‘We adapted to the circumstances we found ourselves in over the past couple of years and we’ll continue to adapt and grow. 

‘It’s been challenging – some of our team members and their loved ones suffered during the pandemic and many of them were smashed by the floods.

‘We are calling upon our audience to dream with us of a brighter future as we shine light in darkness through the power of cinema and the magic that film weaves.’

The festival will open on 21 October with Triangle of Sadness, a film that took home the 2022 Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious award – the Palme d’Or – leaving the festival’s often cynical and hardened audiences roaring in the aisles.

Director Ruben Östlund (The Square) has created a wickedly funny film where, despite all expectations, wealth, beauty, and elitism hold no power or importance. It is tipped by many as likely to receive many nominations at the next Academy Awards.

The Byron festival will also screen Klondike – Ukraine’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, which won the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director award for World Cinema and multiple awards in Berlin – two of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

Klondike tells the story of a family that in 2014 found itself at the centre of the MH-17 air crash catastrophe in the Ukraine. It gives a voice to women standing up to violence and militarism and, importantly, to the context of the war currently ravaging the region.

The rest of the program promises exceptional works by filmmakers from across the globe as well as world premieres created closer to home.

Save the date for Byron Shire’s much loved cinematic happening.

The 16th Byron Bay International Film Festival runs over 21–30 October, with screenings at Palace Cinemas, Byron Theatre, Lennox Cultural Centre and more.   

Visit www.bbff.com.au for more information.

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