Byron Bay Film Festival 2016

The 10th annual Byron Bay International Film Festival is returning this year from Friday 14th October until Sunday 23rd October in 2016. The 10 day festival will be jam packed with loads of events, filmings, premieres, workshops, parties and Q & A sessions at various locations throughout Byron.

The annual festival is a big draw card on the Byron Bay Events calendar year on year for locals, visitors and tourists alike. Transforming the town of Byron Bay into a buzz, there will be a little something for everyone - from free film screenings, Virtual Reality projects, free workshops, a beach side Full Moon cinema to Red Carpet Events. This year's 10th annual festival is said to be the biggest event as yet, with over 50 film screenings scheduled over the course of 10 days.

What is so special about the Byron Bay Film Festival?

Serving as a platform for up and coming independent artists, each year the film festival aims to showcase films that reflect the unique and diverse character of Byron Bay itself. Expect to see thought provoking, inspiring and entertaining films that cover themes such as environmental awareness, multiculturalism, artistry, innovation and more. This year's film line up includes categories such as Surf, Documentary, Shorts, Animation, Experimental and Environmental.

2016 Byron Bay Film Festival Major Events:

Opening Night Gala

  • Date: Friday 14th October
  • Time: 6:45pm
  • Where: Byron Theatre
  • Cost: $75

Kicking off the festival, the Opening Night Gala has limited tickets available to the public which sell out fast every year - so get in quick! Walk the Red Carpet, watch the sun set from the balcony bar, be one of the first to watch one of the festival's biggest films, enjoy a few drinks, mingle with local and international film makers and start the film festival in style.

byron bay film festival 2016

FREE Full Moon Cinema

  • Date: Full Moon (TBA)
  • Time: TBA
  • Where: adjacent Byron Bay Surf Club
  • Cost: FREE

This is one of our favourite events of the festival. Take a rug, pack a picnic and catch some of the festival's whilst sitting on the grass by Main Beach below the Full Moon. So Byron!
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Pighouse Flicks

  • Date: 15th October - 23rd October
  • Where: 1 Skinners Shoot Rd. Byron Bay
  • Cost: TBA

Located within the Arts Factory Lodge, Pighouse Flicks has been servicing the film buffs of Byron since 1995. This cosy and homely cinema will play host to many film screenings and events throughout the festival.
More info: here


  • Date: 15th October - 23rd October
  • Where: Byron Bay
  • Cost: FREE!

This year the Byron Bay Film Festival will introduce Virtual Reality to the program. NCube8 will allow artists to develop their creative arts into virtual - not to be missed!
More info: here

Festival HQ

  • Date: 15th October - 23rd October
  • Where: Byron Bay Community Centre, 69 Jonson St. Byron Bay
  • Cost: FREE +

Byron Bay's historic community centre will serve as the festival hub throughout the 10 day event and home to many of the festival's workshops, Q&A panels, networking events and parties...
More info: here

It's going to be an incredible place to be during the Byron Bay Film International Festival so come along to watch a film or two or just to soak up the atmosphere.

Images courtesy of: & Commground Australia

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