Avoiding both jingoism and judgment, filmmaker Annabel Verbeke explores the century old customs that are part of daily life in the Belgian town of Ypres, scene of major battles of the First World War. The three battles saw the first use of chemical weapons, and a colossal loss of life. Much of what happens in the region today is dedicated to commemorating the fallen and in her journey through this landscape of remembrance Verbeke’s encounters the most diverse and sometimes contradictory ways of commemorating.
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.