BBFF Gala Events

Our festival always begins and ends with a bang. With many filmmakers attending from Australia and abroad our guest list is extensive so tickets to the public are extremely limited.

You’ll get the star treatment at our Red Carpet events. Both of these Gala nights will be catered and you’ll feast more than your eyes.

There’s great music, fine food, hand-picked wines and boutique beverages.

OPENING NIGHT / Friday October 14th

The Red Carpet Gala Opening Night will once again set the scene for this year’s spectacular ten day international film festival. Tickets are $75 – and on sale now with only 100 tickets available to the general public.

Slip into a glittering gown, your favourite cocktail dress or party shirt and join us on BBFF’s Red Carpet as we celebrate the start of ten days of screen magic at BBFF’s 10th Gala Opening Night – Byron’s most glamorous party.

Besides red carpet grandeur and seeing one of the festival’s best films the ticket price includes a pre-film mingle, live music, our fabulous catered After Party and signature drinks.

Magic Bus Ride to Brunswick Picture House / Sunday October 16th 

Take a trip on the Magic Bus from Byron’s Main Bus Stop to the quirky Brunswick Picture House to experience a special screening of Going Furthur with the filmmaker on the bus with you.

We may not be travelling from Haight Ashbury to the Fillmore East but we’re offering you the opportunity to bring your inner Merry Prankster out to play. See for yourself why everyone loves the Picture House. Return bus tickets are $15 and limited. Your ticket to the film must be bought separately.

You’re either on the bus or off the bus…

FILMMAKERS BREAKFAST / Monday October 17th 

From 8.30 to 11am / Beach, Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay – $30
For the past 6 years we’ve held a special Filmmakers’ Breakfast where Filmmakers are interviewed and stories are shared over the best meal of the day. For the first time ever we are opening our Filmmakers’ Breakfast to the public.

This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with our filmmakers and VIPs – and what better venue than Beach, Byron Bay? Set high on the dunes of Clarkes Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean and our gorgeous hinterland, as locals know, this is the only absolute beachfront restaurant in Byron Bay.

You’ll enjoy the stories behind the films as well a delicious Beach breakfast served with a delicious coffee the multi-award-winning Byron Bay Coffee Company. Stay for an hour or tune in for the whole event.

MUSIC VIDEO PARTY / Friday October 21st

9.30pm / The Brewery / Free
Music videos inspire collaboration, bring together creatives and provide a vital calling card for talented directors. Join some of the filmmakers and musicians behind 20 of the hottest music videos submitted to this year’s festival at a special screening at one of Byron’s iconic venues, the freshly revamped Byron Bay Brewery.

On the night, the BBFF APRA AMCOS Music Video Award will be presented to one of these videos to recognise the collaborative efforts of songwriters and directors.The finalists include videos from SAFIA, Timber Bones, Boy & Bear, The Secret City, Wren, The Church, Life is Better Blonde, The Lúrra Collective, Airling & Hairy Soul Man.

NCUBE8 – BBFF’s VR WEEKEND /  October 22nd & 23rd

Where the Art of Tech Comes to Life

At this very special festival BBFF will activate discussion, investigation, incorporation and celebration of creative technology and, in particular, the rapidly growing immersive storytelling and creative opportunities created by Virtual and Augmented Reality. Most of the VR experiences and events on offer are free to BBFF Ticket Holders.

Ncube8 will introduce audiences and filmmakers to new frontiers of the storytelling and the artistic expression of tomorrow. We believe casting an experienced eye at creative opportunities of the future is just as important as acknowledging the filmmaking craft of the present and past.

GALA PARTY / Saturday October 22nd

With Sunday October 23rd the final day of film festivities, be sure to join us as we wind-down the 2016 BBFF with another Red Carpet Gala Party on Saturday Night, the best night for a party.

This red carpet event acknowledges and celebrates the creative spirit of all festival participants – including you, 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.

BBFF’s Closing Night Gala is your opportunity to chat to that lauded director of your most loved film of the festival, sample a delectable menu while sipping on hand selected wines and hit the dance-floor.