The Brisbane International Film Festival is an annual event in Brisbane, Australia. The Screen Culture unit at Screen Queensland organises the festival, which has been taking place since 1992. The festival has a strong emphasis on international films, and includes a diverse selection of short films, documentaries, and feature films. This is a good time to catch a movie you’ve been missing. To learn more about the festival, read on.
The festival celebrates the films of Australia and Asia-Pacific filmmakers. A fast-film competition is also part of the festival, in which participants must produce a film in just 50 days, using a special ingredient. The winner of this competition wins the Fast Film Award, named after pioneers of Queensland filmmaking, Charles Chauvel and Elsa Chauvel, and is celebrated with a Q&A session.
The BIFF program has undergone several changes over the years. In 2013, the festival was cancelled, but was revived by Palace Cinemas. From 2017 to 2018, it was run by the Gallery of Modern Art. As of 2021, the festival will be under Film Fantastic, the company behind the Gold Coast Film Festival. It has won the tender to organise the festival for three years, from 2021 to 2023.
RIDE Short recipients are supported by Screen Queensland during the development, production, post-production, delivery, and distribution phases. RIDE Short recipients will also benefit from mentoring from Mandy Lake, Peter Hegedus, and Douglas Watkin. In addition to the RIDE Short program, the festival will hold a one-day bootcamp with renowned film industry mentors Mandy Lake and Peter Hegedus, as well as a conversation with award-winning actress Sarah MacDonald.
“FACING MONSTERS” goes beyond a surfing documentary. It delves deeply into the mind of Kerby Brown, a slab wave surfer with a powerful connection to both the ocean and his family. It won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. This film is an engaging story of a man grappling with his traumatic past.
Filmmakers who wish to apply to present a film at the festival will be contacted via an invitation. They will be asked to fill out an Official Selection form, which will collect relevant information to be used for presentation and marketing purposes. Filmmakers must confirm that they have received the invitation by filling out the form, which grants them a non-exclusive Australian license to use the film. The Organiser may use the film to promote its exhibition at other festivals, but must notify it of any disputed rights or claims to the film.
RIVER is another exciting film to catch at the Brisbane International Film Festival. A sequel to MOUNTAIN, RIVER reunites director Jennifer Peedom with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Willem Dafoe narrates this romantic drama about a climber who suffers a near-fatal brain injury. The film’s affecting emotional and psychological impact on the characters makes it an ideal choice for anyone interested in cinema.
During BIFF 2020, there will be a special focus on the world of truffles. A truffle-themed dinner will follow the screening of The Truffle Hunter. In addition, The Festival is returning to GOMA Cinematheque for Music + Film. During BIFF 2019, music will be accompanied by a film, titled Filibus 1915. In addition to its film offerings, BIFF will hold a number of other events and initiatives.