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Overview

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), through its Australian Cinémathèque, is excited to present its second year of the long-running and much-loved Brisbane International Film Festival. Across 11 days, BIFF 2019 celebrates 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.

BIFF 2019 is presented in conjunction with cinema and venue partners throughout Brisbane.


2019 Messages

The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade

Welcome to the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) 2019 — Queensland’s largest film festival, in the cultural heart of our State capital.

Over 11 days, the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will entice film buffs from across the State with a wonderful program of Australian-first screenings as well as some old favourites.

From the opening night and the Queensland premiere of Judy & Punch to the 2019 BIFF Short Film Awards to two new feature documentaries (Love Opera and Lili) supported by Screen Queensland, audiences are in for a diverse and wonderful viewing treat.

There will also be workshops, panel discussions and live music throughout the program.

BIFF has long championed stories from our own backyard and my Government is proud to invest in Queensland’s screen industry, supporting local jobs and creating career pathways for emerging screen practitioners.

Working alongside partners across the industry, we are expanding the slate of Queensland-made projects set to fill festival screens for years to come.

And through our $85.7 million Production Attraction Strategy, we continue to secure large-scale international productions — creating more than 7500 jobs and delivering a $679 million boost to our economy — including the much-anticipated untitled Elvis project from 2019 BIFF Patrons Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.

Whether you’re a new or seasoned attendee, in 2019 BIFF will take you across cultural barriers, immerse you in tall and true tales and broaden your perspective — all from the comfort of your cinema seat.

I hope you enjoy the Festival.

Chris Saines

CNZM Director, QAGOMA

QAGOMA is thrilled to present its second Brisbane International Film Festival. Last year’s BIFF, the first curated and presented by the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, was a new chapter in the Festival’s long 25-year history. It’s our honour to continue to build on that legacy. In 2019, we’re again joined by a host of cinema partners across Brisbane to present more than 110 features, documentaries and short films from talented creators across the world.

Artistic Director Amanda Slack-Smith and her team have assembled new releases, first-look films and thematic strands encompassing the best and most innovative cinema being made today. The accompanying swathe of additional programs, including talks, panels, opening and closing night parties, and both musical and culinary accompaniments to film, make for an action-packed Festival.

We’re delighted to welcome this year’s patrons, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, two iconic luminaries of Australian film. We of course thank our great supporters the Queensland Government, including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch, and Tracey Vieira and the team at Screen Queensland for their backing of BIFF. Join us here at GOMA and across some of Brisbane’s best cinemas as we call action on BIFF 2019!

Amanda Slack-Smith

Artistic Director, Brisbane International Film Festival

On behalf of the BIFF team, welcome back to Brisbane’s screen culture event of the year. Across 11 glorious days and nights, the Festival boasts more than 170 world-class films, documentaries, cultural events, panels and industry engagement opportunities, presented city-wide with the support of our fantastic sponsors and partners.

This year’s BIFF celebrates creativity in all its forms, delving in to how filmmakers, screen creatives and musicians strive to connect with the audience. Sparked by pivotal films and documentaries in our curated strands — and the accompanying GOMA exhibition ‘Setting the Stage’
— we unpack the creative process, trace new directions in filmmaking, amplify the importance of sound in film and celebrate screen culture in its growing multitude of forms, from silent cinema to artificial intelligence.

We welcome back the Queensland Emerging Screen Talent (QEST) conference, now presented over two days, and the new Screen Queensland R.I.D.E. showcase focusing on Respect, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in the sector. I’d like to thank our dedicated Festival staff and volunteers for their support, and the generosity of our many filmmakers, special guests and industry professionals taking part in this year’s Festival. See you in the cinema!