Bangalow Film Festival is thrilled to announce its third annual festival program, set to take place in multiple locations across beautiful Bangalow from 12 – 21 January 2023.

Premiering award-winning films from across the globe, the 2023 program offers a wide range of diverse and inclusive screenings along with an immersive program of art exhibitions, panels, music and plenty more.

Featuring a line up of over 20 acclaimed films, including a world premiere first, BFF’s 2023 program is its biggest yet. Film buffs can settle in for exclusive premieres of critically acclaimed award winning feature films, brilliant documentaries, beloved classics, plus with special guest encounters and surprise events.

The first five films were revealed earlier this month including the Australian premieres of documentaries Wade In The Water and All The Beauty and the Bloodshed, along with a special 30th anniversary 4K screening of beloved Australian classic Strictly Ballroom, the world premiere of local documentary The Last Violin and critically acclaimed French drama Rodeo.

Now it’s time to take a seat and have the popcorn ready as we reveal the newest additions to the Bangalow Film Festival 2023 line up!

Get your palette around the Australian premiere of Living Wine, a documentary following four natural wine artisans who forge their own path of sustainable and regenerative new practices in the world of viticulture. Another Australian premiere is Descending The Mountain, an intriguing documentary involving a double-blind experiment, the film observes human consciousness through meditation practices and psychedelic substances. This segues nicely into the regional premiere of The Mushroom Speaks which journeys into the mushroom realm and the radical change fungus can bring to the world.

Sincere fable and multiple award-winning Last Film Show tells the story of Samay, a nine-year old Indian boy and his love for films – a story of inspiration and hope. Rounding out the regional premieres is Broker, a light-hearted yet moving film about an unlikely family unit and abandoned baby on the run, leading them to a journey unexpected.

There are a handful of NSW premieres to enjoy. Raw and resilient, Ride The Wave sees young surfer Aussie Ben on his quest to becoming a big wave surfer as he battles the wild conditions, riding his way to the top. You Can Go There is a thought-provoking documentary following First Nation artist Richard Bell and how his work challenges the institution of colonisation in Australia. The Hidden Life Of Trees is a visually stunning and enlightening documentary that unravels the cohesion and solidarity between trees.

Join us for a special event screening of Moonage Daydream, an immersive cinematic experience by Oscar nominated Director Brett Morgan. The David Bowie documentary features never-before-seen concert footage and explores Bowie’s era defining creativity and musicality. Festival goers are encouraged to embrace their inner Ziggy Stardust for this unique dress-up screening, with prizes for best dressed Bowie to be won!

The little ones are set for some holiday fun, with a dedicated Kids Program featuring a special 30th anniversary screening of Fern Gully, a brand new exclusive concert from everyones favourite band Bunny Racket and some very special family friendly events still to be announced.

With more than just movies on offer, festival goers can can immerse themselves in a rich cultural experience with a range of exhibitions and talks complementing the film program. Ticketholders and visitors alike are encouraged to meet up with friends and enjoy the best local food and beverages at the festival hub.

Stay tuned for all things Bangalow Film Festival 2023, as there are heaps more program additions to be unveiled in the coming weeks!

Full program and tickets available now via