An original love story of a promising young artist and injured soldier set against contemporary Ukraine revolution against Russia. Julia, a photojournalism student living in war-torn Ukraine, finds her path towards independence and a brighter future challenged after meeting and falling for English, a young soldier fresh from the war zone. Capturing a fleeting love story in a very specific time and place one year after the 2014 revolution in Kyiv, Julia Blue is a different kind of war story providing fascinating insight into Ukrainian culture and idiosyncrasy, old and new. Performance-driven, artistic and subtle, it is told through the eyes of a young woman who must ultimately choose the best path for her future. A delightful, creative and realistic film, Julia Blue and its emerging female writer/director are ones to watch.
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.