Although Sunday is the final day of film festivities, Oct 26th is the opportunity to join us as we wind-down this year's BBFF with another Red Carpet Gala Party on Saturday Night, the best night for a party.
Each year, this red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including you, our much-valued patrons and supporters.
The Closing Night Gala gives you the opportunity to chat to that lauded director of your most loved film of the festival and enjoy a delectable menu from Byron Bay Catering while sipping on hand selected Zilzie wines.
People power and authenticity drive this dramatic study of the July 2018 rescue of the Wild Boars football team, trapped in the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. The situation had all the elements of a movie – a daring mission, impossible odds, and, most importantly, a happy ending. It’s this last detail that would seemingly hamper any film adaptation – how do you tell a story where everyone knows how it ends?
The solution is simple. Without comprising the inherent tension, Thai/Irish director Tom Waller focuses on the human element, showcasing a wide range of the thousands of people involved in the rescue. Several key participants portray themselves in this retelling, adding to its verisimilitude.
With Hollywood versions inbound, it’s appropriate that a Thai adaptation came first. This impressive film is likely to be the definitive realisation.
Walk the Red Carpet From 6.45pm Film Starts 7.30pm
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.