ENTRIES GALORE: J’aimee Skippon-Volke, BBFF’s festival director, and Screenzone’s Michael Weatherhead going through some past BBFF entries.
ENTRIES GALORE: J’aimee Skippon-Volke, BBFF’s festival director, and Screenzone’s Michael Weatherhead going through some past BBFF entries.

$5000 up for grabs at festival

DOCUMENTARY makers will have the chance of winning $5000 at the 2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival.

The inaugural Byron International Documentary Prize has been announced by the festival organisers and ScreenZone, a new venture created locally which brings together documentary makers and online retailing. ScreenZone will be launched at the festival and has put up the prizemoney.

The prize has been established with the theme of encouraging and recognising powerful stories, from personal journeys to global issues, which evoke understanding and inspire change.

"Great documentaries make up a decent portion of the BBFF program" said festival director J'aimee Skippon-Volke.

"It's such a powerful genre which can really incite action and awareness. One only has to look at the film Gasland as an example of the impact one documentary can make."

The winning film will be announced at the 2012 festival being held from March 2 to 11. Entry will be open to any documentary submitted for the festival that meets the entry requirements and reflects the theme.

"We are offering a real incentive to film-makers from around the globe to join a dynamic film community in Byron Bay, Australia and celebrate the power of documentaries," said Michael Weatherhead, managing director of ScreenZone.

 

Ms Skippon-Volke said the festival had a growing international profile and ScreenZone's generous contribution would help drive forward the appeal of the festival to talented filmmakers worldwide.

She said this in turn would really boost the festival experience for local film-makers and audience members.

For more details about the prize, the festival, deadlines and to submit films go to www.bbff.com.au.


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