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11 days, 100+ films, 28 events… and the perfect date night

Got those first date jitters? We’ve got you, bring them to BIFF for the perfect date night experience! With more than 300 hours of incredible films and events to choose from you’re sure to find something to fall in love with at BIFF.

FROM CANADA — Matthias and Maxime

A tender-hearted take on male friendship in which a kiss — during a playful dare on a boys’ weekend — changes everything. A superbly acted character study by French-Canadian film-making tour de force Xavier Dolan.

FROM FRANCE — Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A forbidden romance blossoms in this sumptuous tale of desire from rising French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, winner of the Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

FROM JAPAN — First Love

Japanese pulp auteur Takashi Miike is back with a signature madcap, gangster romp love tale. This anarchic, full-throttle joyride spanning a single night in Tokyo sees young boxer Leo encounter call girl Monica amid the ferocious cross-fire of an imploding criminal underworld.

FROM UK — Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

A tender and rare portrait of the long romance between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, who inspired Cohen’s beloved songs ‘So Long, Marianne’ and ‘Bird on the Wire’.

FROM AUSTRALIA — Strictly Ballroom 

Slip on your best nude court-shoes and grab your ticket to the Pan-Pacs as Striclky Ballroom. 1992 comes back to the big screen for one more spin around the dance floor!  Re live  the joy of this classic film at the Dendy.


A sweeping, historical film set in the outback, Australia is Baz Luhrmann’s love letter to the Australian landscape and a romantic epic on the scale of Gone with the Wind 1939.