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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul...

Two charged with assault in separate incidents

A man and a woman have been charged with assault after separate violent incidents last week, one in Byron Bay and one in Mullumbimby.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

Queensland Health issues public health alert

Queensland Health is asking anyone who has arrived from New Zealand since 14 January, including on green corridor flights, to get tested and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Natives planted along Bruns River to improve fish habitat

A fishing conservation charity says it has recently planted 360 native trees on the Brunswick River.

‘Angwirri’ greets the dawn upon Sydney icon

‘Angwirri’, meaning 'begin to talk', is the name of a sensational piece of Indigenous art that greeted the dawn on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this morning.

Byron Bay International Film Festival 2015

Magic Happens In The Dark
Magic Happens In The Dark

In 2015, the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) celebrates its ninth year over 10 glorious days across 5 venues from Friday 6 March to Sunday 15 March. Now Australia’s largest regional film festival, AACTA Awards accredited BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films.

It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. In 2014 BBFF provided attendees with the opportunity to see 145 brilliant films never before aired on our shores and screened over 220 films from 36 countries with a program comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation and short films that support and celebrate local and international cinema.

Byron Bay Film Festival News and Articles

Fracking documentary sells out as film festival gets ready to roll

The red carpet is ready to be rolled out for tonight’s Opening Night Gala for the 9th Byron Bay Film Festival, which along with the documentary Frackman has already sold out. Celebrities and filmmakers are rolling into Byron Bay.

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Byron Bay Film Festival: The film world comes to you!

The Byron Bay Film Festival’s international reach and reputation is growing every year, and along with it the extensive list of the world’s filmmakers joining us to share their stories and their artistic and industry insights.

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BBFF workshops and panels

At the Byron Bay Film Festival filmmakers share their individual insights into familiar and unfamiliar worlds, tell local and global stories and expand and challenge perceptions through this array of stimulating workshops, panels and networking events. Visit our website for full details.

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Magic Happens in the Dark

The 2015 Byron Bay Film Festival promises to be a magical experience which you are invited to share – a celebration of cinema alongside hundreds of other film-lovers and filmmakers from home and around the world.

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Talking Film with J’aimee Skippon-Volke

The Byron Bay Film Festival is Australia’s largest regional film festival. Now in its ninth year, Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke speaks with The Echo about what’s in store when the event hits our screens over 6–15 March.

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Film captures acid messiah’s life and final trip

Digby Hildreth Timothy Leary’s advocacy of LSD and other psychotropic substances led to his being labelled ‘the most dangerous man in America’ by Richard Nixon. A visionary and revolutionary of his times, by 1966 he had used chemicals to open the...

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Love lights up the festival screen, makes magic happen

Love. You may believe, a la John Lennon, that it’s all you need. Or, you may think that a wad of cash comes in handy now and again too. We need both, but it’s love that looms largest in popular culture, not least in the week around Valentines Day.

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Region’s talent shines at 9th Byron Bay Film Festival

Local actors, writers and directors will be among some of the brightest stars on the Byron Bay International Film Festival horizon this year – its ninth and most ambitious incarnation to date.

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Byron Bay Film Festival Program

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Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...