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Is Valentine’s Day commercial fluff or a great excuse to celebrate love?

Whatever your sentinment, you can’t go past the 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival’s free community Full Moon Cinema event this Valentine’s Day, Friday 14 February.

Touted as Byron’s most romantic night of the year, the iconic event will feature a diverse selection of the best short films about love and relationships from its past seven seasons.

Photo Sarah Lee
Photo Sarah Lee
A magical evening

Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Voke, expects thousands of people will once again converge on the lawns beside the surf club with picnics and loved ones in tow for this free night of heart-warming screen culture under the stars and to the backdrop of the Byron lighthouse. The ambience will build from 6.30pm with live music as the sun sets.

“This is such a highlight of the festival for us”, says Ms. Skippon-Volke. “We appreciate how much the Northern Rivers community supports us each year with their involvement and enthusiasm and this is a way we like to give back and say thanks.”

Program Highlights

True-Beauty-This-NightThe beachside movie magic is set to continue in 2014 as Ms. Skippon-Voke has announced that that the popular evening’s international line up will include such gems as the multi-award-winning audience favourite True Beauty This Night (USA), an unlikely love story about a man meets the love of his life but has his work cut out to convince her she’s the one.

Other highlights include experimental surf film Within (Australia), by talented local filmmaker Darius Devas about our deep love and connection with the ocean, and Making Within that explores his inspiration to create it, following the death of his childhood surf buddy.

The Allan Byrne Movie Tribute (Australia), is a new cut of BBFF2011’s multi-award winning film, The Last Paradise, created for Tracks Magazine. The moving film explores themes of adventure travel, lifestyle, environment and innovation in Australia, “The Last Paradise”, through 45 years of stunning unseen original footage as a tribute to the late great tube rider, master board designer and all round lovable larrikin, Al Byrne.

lastrainLast Rain is a dramatic short film from Spain about a man that arrives at a disco and sees a young woman, to whom he feels inexplicably attracted. As he observes her, a succession of events from their future lives gradually becomes clear, and the young woman becomes increasingly intrigued with the handsome stranger who seems to miraculously predict their future.

I_AM_A_GIRL_4Multi-award winning Dutch short film, I Am A Girl! appeared at BBFF 2013. Capturing a teenage coming of age with a difference, Joppe is like every13-year-old girl that dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. However, she has the added challenge of telling him that she was born a boy.

Don’t miss this wonderful evening of natural beauty and screen culture.

Where and when

Date: Friday 14th February
Starts: 6.30pm
Cost: FREE
All ages drug and alcohol free event.
People under 15 years of age must please be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and in the event of poor weather, please visit www.bbff.com.au or follow the festival on Facebook.

In the event is unable to proceed due to poor weather it will be posted on the website and Facebook and rescheduled later in 2014.

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