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After delivering a successful and well received ‘Special Edition’ in October 2020, the team behind the Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) have built something special for Byron in 2021. Bearing the tagline  ‘Shining Light In Darkness’, BBFF2021 will deliver a five day program from December 17th to 21st at Palace Cinemas, and for the first time, Lennox Head.

The selected films not only fit the theme but they also reflect much of the ethos and heart that connect locals and visitors alike to the region. BBFF2021 was originally planned for October earlier this year but organisers had no option but to postpone. 

Festival Director J’aimee Skippon-Volke says “It didn’t feel right to let 2021 slip away from us altogether, after delivering what’s grown into a huge cultural event over the last 15 years. We knew we could create something that was responsive to the current restrictions, and that met the needs of the filmmakers, our audience, our community and our team”.

“It’s been our pleasure to introduce the magic of this region to our visiting filmmakers from across the planet, while shining a strong light on our home-grown talent, as well as fostering the growth of emerging creative technology to help shape Byron as a place for cutting-edge creativity and innovation. We’re looking forward to a time when we can once again gather in the usual fashion to celebrate all that we love about cinema and Byron Bay,” she remarked.

Would you like to help BBFF2021 shine light in darkness?

The festival invites Byron Bay’s business community to support the event however they can. 

Offers of support are much appreciated and can be sent to

If you’re willing to help spread the word, our PR and Media team would love to hear from you and can be reached at 


About BBFF

Established in 2005, the Byron Bay International Film Festival exists to empower creatives and expand audience horizons, fostering connectivity and innovation. Its mission is to provide audiences and global industry professionals access to the best film and immersive experiences which move, motivate and resonate with viewers. Showcasing a mixture of mediums that incorporate the latest cinematic and immersive technologies, it connects passionate filmmakers and audiences while pushing creative and technological boundaries.


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