Film Festival


The Conscious Cinema Sessions

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is thrilled to host a number of sessions of Conscious Cinema at the UPLIFT Festival. The films screened will include some of the best of BBFF’s past programes and some new films guaranteed to inform, inspire and fire your imaginations.

Many thanks to the Byron Bay Film Festival for hosting the “Conscious Cinema Sessions.”


Thirteen Grandmothers from around the world-the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Arctic Circle, and the US heard a prophecy that called them forth. The prophecy told them that they must come together at this critical time in history and speak out to the world in one united voice to share their sacred wisdom. United in their belief, these thirteen Grandmothers decided to form an alliance to share their indigenous ways of peacemaking and healing with the world. As the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, they unite twice a year to share their wisdom and practices. Can they light the way for us to a peaceful and sustainable planet?


Laya Project is a musical and visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, India and Myanmar. Some of these performances are rare, and documented for the first time. The musicians are primarily from coastal communities affected by the Tsunami of December 26th, 2004. For the international team of musicians, sound engineers and camera men who came together for this unique production, Laya Project is a celebration of life, and is dedicated to the survivors. Crossing boundaries of genre while still preserving the music of the people, Laya Projects’ essence is artistic purity and simplicity, from a nonjudgmental point of view.


THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.


Why are we here, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives? Filmmaker Roger Nygard wrote down the toughest 85 questions he could think of, roamed the globe to the source of each of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems, and interviewed people who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity. Combining an investigative approach with a spiritual quest, the film is a humorous yet uplifting search for enlightenment, presenting some of the most challenging ideas and extraordinary people living today.