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Brisbane Backyard Film Festival

Brisbane Backyard Film Festival

| On 07, Feb 2014

With sausage sizzles, soft drink, popcorn and chocolate all in the space of a massive grassy patch, the Brisbane Backyard Film Festival (BBFF) adds a touch of Australian culture to the film festival scene.

Festival founder Gregory Kelly, says BBFF is more relaxed and less formal than most film festivals.

“This is an important part of BBFF; we want people to have fun, wear what they want, drink what they want and sit on whatever they want,” says Gregory.

Festival founder, Morgan MacKay adds to this, saying people can relax on picnic rugs or a camp chair.

“We wanted to create a very casual atmosphere for emerging artists to screen their work and network with other filmmakers and performers,” says Morgan.


Audience at the 2013 Brisbane Backyard Film Festival

The festival shows a fantastic array of films ranging from student work to emerging filmmakers to even establish professionals.

While short films are the only material acceptable to be in the running for the ‘Best Film Award’, there is still room for music videos – that are screened during intermission, and trailers – that are screened throughout the night.

“If it’s good content and relevant to the Brisbane film community we are happy to accommodate it,” says Morgan.

There is only one award up for grabs throughout the night, the ‘Best Film Award’, which is voted by the audience throughout the night.

Last year Jacob Fights Giants took home the prestigious garden gnome award, the statue for winning ‘Best Film’.

The selections of films shown at the festival are based on originality, technical merit and engagement.

“We try to think from an audience enjoyment perspective, as well as creating a line up of films that are varied,” says Gregory.

The films are chosen by Gregory, Morgan and a third industry person.

The Details
What: Third annual Brisbane Backyard Film Festival
When: Friday 28th of February
Where: Highgate Hill (exact address will be released closer to the date)
Note: Limited street parking is available. Public transport is recommended.
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