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February 5, 2023

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Attendees are encouraged to embrace their inner Ziggy Stardust for the unique dress-up screening of David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream

Get ready for the Bangalow Film Festival – it’s starting next week, when guest of honour Simon Baker will introduce Blaze, the film in which he stars.

The festival will host special events, industry talks, films of course, music, art, family fun and more, in Bangalow, from 12–21 January where many of the filmmakers will be in attendance.

Director of six festivals, Macario de Souza, best known for Fighting Fear, and Jennifer Ross, director of Age of Rage: The Australian Punk Revolution, screening at the festival, will conduct Q&A sessions. 

After the world premiere of local documentary The Last Violin, ticket holders will be treated to a special performance on the same violin featured in the film. Attendees are encouraged to embrace their inner Ziggy Stardust for the unique dress-up screening of David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream, with prizes to be won for best dressed.

Tickets to the 21 incredible films featured in the festival program are selling fast, with some sessions approaching capacity. The program is diverse with award winning feature films, critically acclaimed documentaries, cult classics and family friendly films. The program is peppered with world, Australian and regional premieres and women have been at the directorial helm of 11 of the 21 films. There are English subtitled foreign films, animations, and they’re also seizing the opportunity to showcase short films by local filmmakers prior to multiple screenings.

With more than just movies on offer, festivalgoers can immerse themselves in a rich cultural experience with a range of exhibitions and talks complementing the film program. With the support of Create NSW, BFF has commissioned an art exhibition ‘GUNU – here’ by two local contemporary Indigenous artists, Melissa Ladkin and Nickolla Clark. 

Join in at Common People Brewing Co at 3pm on Friday 20 January for a laidback and informal industry panel where five established film directors and producers will reveal some of the hard lessons they learnt on their way to success. 

The Festival Hub is a place to meet up with friends and enjoy the best local food and beverages. There is plenty for the little ones too, with a dedicated Kids Program featuring a special 30th anniversary screening of the enchanting animation, Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest, and a brand new exclusive audiovisual concert created for BFF by everyone’s favourite band Bunny Racket.

Tickets on sale now from bangalowfilmfestival.com.au 

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