BEFF started in 2011 as a “passion project” amongst friends who wanted to create a versatile platform where local stories and voices could be heard. Driven by a collective vision – founded on the belief in the power of the storyteller to uplift and inspire change – we have continued to draw on our individual strengths and networks to grow BEFF. With the work of foundational programme development, building networks and shaping partnerships in place, we are now turning our attention to enhancing the delivery of impacts rather than any further escalation in size.
BEFF is – by design – a small project, powered almost entirely by volunteers and made possible by the financial and in-kind contributions of our partners and supporters. That said, we have attracted a sizeable collective of filmmakers, musicians, conservation and indigenous organisations, academics, government partners, local businesses and passionate individuals who converge each year to mount our three thematic programmes.
Since 2011, BEFF has grown into a yearly “coming-together” that connects rural with urban communities, amateur with professional filmmakers, environmentalists with local businesses, and where boundaries of religion, ethnicity, class and partisanship dissolve amongst a community of friends. It has been – and still is – a process of co-creation and reciprocity made possible because people from all walks of life come together for a few moments each year to do something we enjoy together.