With Sunday October 21st the final day of film festivities, be sure to join us as we wind-down the 2018 BBFF with another Red Carpet Gala Party on Saturday Night.
This red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including our much-valued patrons and supporters.
Raise your glasses to a festival experience like no other – packed full of astounding talent, good vibes and an array of sterling films from Australia and around the world – ten days of innovation, accomplishment and enlightenment.
Sample a delectable menu from LaneWay Catering while sipping on hand selected wines ,mingling amongst film-makers celebrating the ending of the 12th Byron Bay International Film Festival.
BBFF's Closing Gala Night hosts the Australian Premiere of Sharkwater Extinction — a work of galvanizing activism rendered with heart and soul, and the final film from Rob Stewart, the award-winning documentarian, photographer, and conservationist.
Rob Stewart’s last documentary is a thrilling exposé on the illegal shark-fin industry and a rousing call to save an imperiled animal from the edge of extinction.
Building on the research, passion, and sometimes daredevil first-person investigative work of 2006's Sharkwater, Sharkwater Extinction updates and expands on the fight by Stewart and others to halt the hunting of sharks, which are often killed just for their fins. Since the release of Sharkwater and the growing awareness it helped foster, shark finning has been banned in most of the world. Yet these magnificent creatures — one of the world's oldest and most important predators — are in more danger than ever, due to a thriving pirate industry, legal loopholes, and widespread corruption. Over 100 million sharks are killed every year. The world's shark population has decreased by 90 percent in the last 30 years. An entire species — and a cornerstone of our ecosystem — hangs in the balance.
Completed by the production team after Stewart died while making the film in January of 2017, Sharkwater Extinction takes us to Costa Rica, Cape Verde, the Bahamas, Panama, and the US to explore the myriad ways sharks continue to be placed in peril.
The film's gorgeous imagery lures you in, while its nerve-wracking scenes of Stewart risking his life to expose hunters keeps you riveted. But the beauty of this film lies in Stewart's enduring sense of wonder. He said he made these films to make people fall in love with sharks, and that he did.