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Bangalow Film Festival



Bangalow Film Festival

logo festivalAfter the short holiday break, the Italian Cultural Institute resumes its cultural activities by contributing to the creation of an initiative in its first edition, the Bangalow Film Festival. Some screenings will be carried out using the original drive-in formula, particularly suited to the pandemic we are still encroached in. With this initiative, the Institute continues to strengthen its promotional activities in other locations in NSW and its jurisdiction.

A trio of Bangalow locals have banded together to bring the village its very own film festival in January 2021. Christian Pazzaglia, Ben Alcock and Lyn McCarthy all have experience in mounting film events. Christian, whom the Institute’s friends and members already know very well, has worked internationally as a curator and producer of film programs and festivals, Ben is the co-founder of Bangalow’s Flicks in the Field and, Lyn is one of the founders of the Dendy Cinema chain and ex-General Manager of the Sydney Film Festival.

The Institute has encouraged and supported this new festival since the first phase of its ideation pazzaglia a bangalowtogether with Christian Pazzaglia, who is the director of the Bangalow Film Festival. Christian is a multidisciplinary curator and producer working internationally. He has curated and produced film and multidisciplinary programs and special events for some of the leading festivals, cinemas, cultural venues, art institutions and museums in The Netherlands (Van Gogh Museum, IDFA, EYE, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, FOAM) and Hong Kong (M+). Since his relocation to Australia, Christian has curated retrospectives and film concerts for the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney and Melbourne and collaborated with Palace Cinemas, Ritz Cinema and Sydney Living Museums. Since 2018 he has been curating and producing the acclaimed national film concert program Kinokonzert for the Goethe-Institut.

From 14 to 23 January the Showground and the A&I Hall in Bangalow, a small town located near Byron Bay, will host an international film festival whose Italian section includes two masterpieces from the history of our cinema. The first, Federico Fellini's La dolce vita, wants to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the awarding of the Palme d'Or in Cannes (1960) and the centenary of the birth of the master from Rimini (1920 - 2020). The second, A fistful of dollars, is a tribute to two figures who have made history in Italian cinema, in this case with the so-called spaghetti-western genre: director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone. The program also includes the docu-film The Truffle Hunters, a feature film in English (with subtitles) by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, set in Piedmont, which will delight fans of "hunting" for the Alba truffle and whose executive producer is Luca Guadagnino. A series of short films by emerging directors will also be screened as part of the "10 Short Films in the World" project offered by the Turin National Short Film Center through the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney.

For further and more in-depth information, visit the festival website: 


Date: Da Thursday, January 14, 2021 a Saturday, January 23, 2021

Organized by : Bangalow Film Festival

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Bangalow Showground