Ecuador’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, A Son of Man follows Pipe, a teenager from Minneapolis, as he joins his father on a treasure hunt for lost Inca gold in the beautiful, but treacherous, Amazonian rainforest. The trans-generational drama fuses the heightened aesthetic possibilities of narrative film with the naked truth of documentary. Director Fernandez-Salvador (known as Jamaicanoproblem) is the son of the renowned explorer Andrés Fernández-Salvador y Zaldumbide.
His film, 10 years in the making, reveals his lifetime’s ambition to be a good son to this larger-than-life man, and to immortalise him in an immersive cinematic experience. Unscripted and shot on locations across the Ecuadorian jungle, using only drone cameras, this stunning and surreal film highlights the preciousness of our Earth, the Amazon, and the ancient tribes who live within it.
An award-winning venue in the heart of Byron Bay. Lovingly called ‘Festival HQ’ the inaugural festival occurred here in January 2006 screening just 55 Australian Films and BBFF has grown steadily every year and grown its presence across the Community Centre.
The films screening here are eclectic, colourful, quirky, sometimes challenging, sometimes inspirational, but always intriguing, just like Byron’s own uniquely diverse community. Completed in late 2002, The Byron Community Centre is a world-class venue in the heart of Byron Bay. This multi-purpose facility hosts a great variety of activities including performing arts events, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, receptions and functions. It also accommodates the Bay FM Community Radio, Liberation Larder, Planet Corroboree (an Aboriginal art and craft shop) and Fundamentals (a natural health store).
The Centre plays a major community development function in the Byron shire. Over 20+ years it has established many community services, helping create over 60 jobs and bringing in over $10 million to the local community.