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The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), through its Australian Cinémathèque, is excited to present the long-running and much-loved Brisbane International Film Festival. Across 11 days, BIFF 2020 will celebrate contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new-release features, documentaries, short films and curated strands, alongside screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and more.

2020 Messages

Kylie Munnich

Chief Executive Officer, Screen Queensland

Welcome to the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) 2020 – Queensland’s largest film festival.

In 2020, BIFF presents a unique opportunity for Queenslanders to reconnect, while rediscovering that indescribable and irreplaceable experience that only film festivals can bring. While we have all experienced the integral role screen storytelling plays in our lives at home, screen culture events truly allow us to connect, share and celebrate stories and talent, as a community.

BIFF is a champion of stories from our own backyard. We are delighted to see Screen Queensland-invested productions Bloody Hell, Combat Wombat and Jill Bilcock – Dancing The Invisible, programmed in this year’s festival and once again, we will proudly present the Screen Queensland Award, as part of the BIFF Short Film Competition.

Congratulations to the BIFF team for forging ahead and bringing us a reason to come together, in front of the flicker of the big screen.

As always, Screen Queensland has been working hard to support the industry to continue to create fresh and bold screen stories. Working alongside partners across the industry, we are generating new opportunities and expanding the slate of Queensland-made projects set to fill festival screens for years to come. Enjoy.

Chris Saines CNZM

Director, QAGOMA

QAGOMA is excited, and indeed grateful, to present the 2020 Brisbane International Film Festival at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque and across the city with our valued cinema partners. With Australians just beginning to congregate again, it’s a privilege to be one of the first major film festivals in the country to welcome audiences back to theatres to enjoy the best of new cinema from around the world.

At a time when the world is united against an enormous challenge, BIFF 2020 aims to be a place of refuge, release and transcendence, with wonderful feature films, heartfelt documentaries and intriguing shorts hand-picked by Artistic Director Amanda Slack-Smith and the BIFF team to celebrate human connection, resilience and community.

We welcome our new 2020 Festival patrons, distinguished Australian actor Jack Thompson and highly esteemed film editor Jill Bilcock, both of whom contributed their talents to our opening night film, the world premiere of the powerful Australian drama, High Ground. We thank the Festival’s foundational supporters the Queensland Government, including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch, and Kylie Munnich and the team at Screen Queensland for their continued backing. There is so much to celebrate in BIFF 2020, and I hope we’ll see you in the cinema!

Amanda Slack-Smith

Artistic Director, Brisbane International Film Festival

In uncertain times, stories bring us together. Evidence of our shared experiences, they have the power to uplift, enlighten, bring joy and challenge us in unexpected ways. The BIFF team and I are delighted to bring you some of these stories in 2020. Across 11 days and nights, BIFF celebrates this power of storytelling, featuring more than 90 films, documentaries and discussions from around the world.

BIFF 2020 features curated strands that explore the meaning of transcendence, release, belonging, and homecoming, the latter celebrating the power of our local filmmakers and creative teams. Alongside the screen experience are two Gallery exhibitions ‘Cut It: Collage to Meme’, looking at how artists bring together disparate images to express new ideas, and ‘Welcome to Colour Television’ a powerful selection of Indigenous Australian video art.

Film + Food draws culinary inspiration from this year’s film The Truffle Hunters 2020, with a bespoke dining experience in the GOMA Restaurant, while Live Music + Film brings the cheeky Italian silent film Filibus 1915 to life with a new score by David Bailey on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer Organ.

In addition to our fantastic funders and supporters, I’d like to thank our cinema partners for their unwavering commitment to BIFF 2020 so we can again present the Festival city-wide, as well as our wonderful BIFF Champions who share our passion for film and the importance of sharing these stories together.