The 12th Annual Byron Bay Film Festival – Opening Night Red Carpet Gala feat. Stay Human

October 12, 2018 @ 6:45 pm – 11:59 pm
Byron Theatre
69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Early Bird $75 | On Sale NOW

BBFF2018 at Byron Theatre

Red Carpet arrivals 6.45pm

Early Bird Tickets on sale NOW!

Stay Human directed by Michael Franti
has been announced as the film at the centrepiece of this year’s Opening Gala.

BBFF2018 - Opening Night Red Carpet Gala feat. Stay Human at Byron Theatre

The Red Carpet Gala Opening Night once again sets the scene for BBFFs spectacular ten day international film festival. Early Bird Tickets are $75 – with only 120 tickets available to the general public for this special night.

After slipping into a glittering gown, your favourite cocktail dress or party shirt join us on BBFF’s Red Carpet as we celebrate the start of ten days of screen magic at BBFF2018’s Gala Opening Night – considered by many to be Byron’s most glamorous party.

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

Opening Night always sells out so don’t be disappointed – buy your early bird tickets NOW!

Stay Human directed by Michael Franti

This is a directorial debut by Michael Franti  about the “change-makers” in communities from the Philippines to South Africa. Franti is a social activist, musician and practically a Byron Bay local having played at Bluesfest Byron Bay for the 10th time this year. 

During these turbulent times, the feeling of hopelessness is an epidemic. In a quest to find a path to Stay Human and hold on to humanity in the craziness of the world we live in today, Michael Franti takes us on an experiential journey through his songs and stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism with optimism and hope.

Michael shares the tales of Robin Lim, a midwife who opened a birthing clinic in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Steve & Hope Dezember, a young couple whose love carries them through Steve’s battle with ALS, Arief Rabik, an environmental scientist in Bali who perfected a method to make industrial and household products with bamboo in an effort to curb deforestation, and Sive Mazinyo and Busisiwwe Vazi, who help inspire their community of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, through music and education.

Michael reflects on his own personal journey facing adversity as a child, struggling to find his voice as a musician, and how he came to find inspiration through these stories. He hopes to inspire people to become change makers by utilizing creativity, tenacity, and heart to face our daily challenges as individuals, and together as citizens of our planet to Stay Human.