Film festival gaining reputation

Byron Bay International Film Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke.
Byron Bay International Film Festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke.

With 200 films from film makers around the world, the annual Byron Bay International Film Festival is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s top festivals.

On from March 3 to 14, the fifth annual festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

An estimated 100 overseas film makers from Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the USA will attend the festival.

The 200 films, 20 of which are from Northern Rivers film makers, have been hand-picked from more than 800 entries.

“There have been lots of films to look at. I think I am losing my eyesight,” jokes festival director J’aimee Skippon-Volke.

“The Byron Bay festival is renowned throughout the world and is definitely one of the most popular in Australia.

“I am really excited about this year’s festival and we have Australian actor Jack Thompson opening the event on March 4.

“Jack is also starring in one of the films called The Telegraph Man.”

For the first time this year, some screenings will take place in Lismore at the Birch, Carroll and Coyle cinema, while all other screenings will be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

One of this year’s entries, ‘Minnie Loves Junior’, will have its Australian premiere at the festival.

This Australian-made film had its world debut at the Berlin International Festival.

David Suzuki’s film, Force of Nature, is also on the bill.

Two red carpet gala events will also be a highlight of the 2011 festival and will be held on March 4 and March 12.

For more information on the film festival, go to

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