2019 Brisbane International Film Festival Program is now on sale!
BIFF Artistic Director Amanda Slack-Smith said BIFF 2019 would be jam-packed with more than 110 features, documentaries and short films by emerging and established talent from around the world, as well as events celebrating film with live music, food, workshops, discussions and much more.
‘The Queensland premiere of the darkly funny Judy & Punch 2019, by Australian actor and first-time director Mirrah Foulkes, will set the mood for a classy red-carpet opening night event at GOMA on ...
BIFF 2019 short film competition now open!
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines said short films selected for screening would also be considered for the Festival awards across five different categories.
‘Queensland-made entries will be eligible for the Screen Queensland Short Film Award valued at $7500, with the winner given the option of either concept development funding or travel and marketing to attend a film market of their choice,’ Mr Saines said.
‘It is a fantastic opport...
Brisbane International Film Festival 2018 is coming this October!
Presented by QAGOMA, the 11-day citywide Festival will showcase more than 100 feature, documentary and short films, including new releases from around the world and a series of curated highlights exploring current ideas from Iranian, Asian and African filmmakers.
The BIFF 2018 cinema experience also includes VR theatre performances, silent films presented with new live scores and platforms for filmmakers to engage with audiences.
Join Artistic Director Amanda Slack-Smith and her team ...
World Premiere of Broken Ghost at BIFF!
On the face of it, they’re just another family moving to the wide open spaces of the Big Sky Country for a tree change.
But for teenage Imogen Day (Autry Hayden-Wilson) and her parents Samantha (Scottie Thompson) and Will (Nick Farnell), the move to Montana is an escape from quite a unique kind of bullying. Desperate to make a new life for herself, Imogen must overcome new tormentors, old secrets, and a strange presence in the attic in this coming-of-age tale, wrapped in a ghost story. ...
BIFF Movie Review – Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
The broad strokes are covered and some of John’s lesser angelic qualities are glossed over a bit. His drug and alcohol addictions are touched on but are reduced in the narrative. There is however a touching memory about him quitting cold turkey related by his step daughter Antonia Andrews.
The music in the soundtrack is well mixed, if a little repetitive as it seems the filmmakers only licensed a minimum number of track. It is great to hear JC’s music in a ...
Special Screening of Life is a Very Strange Thing at BIFF!
Shot over two years mainly in France but also in Cambodia and Australia, life is a very strange thing is full of warmth and tenderness that involves the audience in the shared joy, worry and uncertainty facing Frédéric, his family and his friends in modern France. We observe the activities and eccentricities of the intelligent storyteller and avid collector Frédéric, who has lived his life deeply and with conviction, as he shows us the Paris and Bordeaux that he loves.
Award Winning Ali’s Wedding Screening at BIFF!
Charismatic Aussie actor Osamah Sami stars in an AWGIE Award-winning adaptation of his stranger-than-fiction true life story.
Ali (Sami) is an Iraqi in Melbourne, the second son of a top Muslim cleric (Don Hany) who fled war-torn Iraq by way of Iran to come to Australia. As the son of the leader of a mosque, Ali has big expectations on his shoulders – none of which he feels like living up to. He doesn’t have the grades to get into medical school, but he lies about it to his whole ...
The Way Station Australian Premiere at BIFF!
“The Way Station: Haunting, Seductive, Violent, and Intense!” – Saostar
Sumptuously lensed by multi-awarded veteran director of photography Ly Thai Dzung, The Way Station is director Hong Anh’s 10-year passion project and debut feature. Hong Anh is highly influenced by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai and is one of Vietnam’s most popular faces and leading actresses with a 20-year career that includes winning the Golden Lotus Award for Best Leading Actress three years consecuti...
Namatjira Project Special Event at BIFF!
“The Namatjira Project … might just be as significant a bridge between blackfella and whitefella as the now fading memory of the march across the coathanger, or even the apology.”
From the trackless Australian desert to the gates of Buckingham Palace, the Namatjira family have struggled for decades to see justice done. Albert Namatjira was a man caught between two worlds. He was paraded as a great Australian, but treated with contempt.
He was the first Indigenous ...
In This Corner of the World Queensland Debut at BIFF!
Based on the manga by Fumiyo Kouno, this heartwarming, sweet and uplifting coming-of-age tale by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle) took out the Animation of the Year award at this year’s Japan Academy Prize.
It’s 1944, and as the Second World War marches ponderously towards its inevitable end far overseas, 18-year-old Suzu moves to the port town of Kure, near the city of Hiroshima, to marry a man she has never met. Suzu is wed to a young clerk from the local naval base and moves in ...