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Queensland’s long-running and much-loved Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is now under the remit of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). This is an exciting opportunity for the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque and its unique curatorial department to showcase a diverse program of films from around the world.

2018 Messages

The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP

Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade

Welcome to the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2018) at its new home for the next three years: the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

This world-class venue pulses with international and Australian contemporary screen and arts culture. It boasts the Australian Cinémathèque, the only cinema facility of its kind in an Australian art museum, which makes it the perfect location for BIFF 2018.

I welcome the Cinémathèque’s Acting Curatorial Manager, Amanda Slack-Smith, as the Artistic Director for BIFF 2018. Amanda brings her contagious passion for the moving image and vast experience in curating a unique, diverse, wildly entertaining program.

The Queensland Government is proud to sponsor BIFF 2018 through Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture Funding Program, which continues to spread the spectacle of world-class cinema by supporting 36 film festivals across our State each year.

We are committed to strengthening Queensland’s position as a leading screen destination, investing $50 million over four years to attract and support major productions like Dora the Explorer and Aquaman, thereby creating more jobs for Queenslanders and selling our creative capabilities and natural beauty to the world.

We are also committed to supporting our local filmmakers and their Queensland-made productions like this year’s opening night film, Celeste. Over the following ten days, alongside BIFF 2018’s public program, Screen Queensland is partnering with industry to present a series of workshops, events and panel discussions for screen professionals.

I hope you enjoy every flicker of movie magic being shown at BIFF 2018 courtesy of Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and the cinematic sensation that is QAGOMA.

Chris Saines


The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is delighted to present 2018’s Brisbane International Film Festival. For twelve years, the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, our curatorial department dedicated to the moving image, has screened dynamic programs of film across every imaginable genre, style and vintage of movie-making. This diversity of programming has built a deeply loyal film-going audience for the Gallery and positions us to proudly host the next reel in BIFF’s epic story.
From hot takes on current topics to late night frights, Artistic Director Amanda Slack-Smith and her team have assembled a slew of new releases, future cult classics and retro favourites across more than 80 features, documentaries and shorts. A packed accompanying calendar of films with live music, conversations, workshops and gala events will open up the world of film even further with cutting edge technology, gastronomic delights and surprises for film lovers of every stripe.

Presented across the Australian Cinémathèque’s two state-of-the-art theatres in GOMA, and on the screens of our Cinema Partners, BIFF showcases the work of leading Australian and international filmmakers. It not only highlights material that would otherwise be unseen in Queensland, it puts the work of our incredible local creators in a global context.

We are thrilled to be working with passionate cinema and cultural partners across the city to bring this celebration of film to life. We thank our Festival Patrons, Bruce Beresford and Sue Milliken, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tracey Vieira at Screen Queensland for their support, and welcome the many aficionados who will join us for 11 days of incredible film from next door and around the world.

Amanda Slack-Smith

Artistic Director, Brisbane International Film Festival

The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) has long been a vital moment in the city’s cultural calendar, a time for cinema lovers to congregate, contemplate and debate screen culture. BIFF 2018 is 11 days of award-winning and first-look films alongside acclaimed titles by established and emerging directors from Australia and the world.

Our program highlights over 100 features, documentaries and shorts, with curated programs celebrating trends from Iran, Asia and Africa, and we explore big philosophical questions alongside playful and political works. Festival Patron Bruce Beresford curates a selection of his favourite films, screening alongside career highlights, and we bring you a number of recently restored features and beloved Australian classics.

The Festival experience comes to life with dynamic events including VR performances, classic silent films with live scores, and industry-led workshops and discussions such as the Queensland Emerging Screen Talent Conference and YouTube Creator Day for Filmmakers.

We open with the Queensland premiere of Celeste, a compelling North Queensland love story. Directed by Brisbane’s Ben Hackworth with a stellar cast, it celebrates the beauty of Queensland and the quality of filmmaking in the state. Another highlight is the powerful and timely documentary Wik vs Queensland, which screens alongside a panel of distinguished guests who were involved in the momentous land rights decision in 1996.

I thank the many filmmakers, special guests and industry professionals featured in the Festival, as well as our dedicated QAGOMA staff and volunteers. Most importantly, I thank you, our cinema audience, whose energy in engaging with audacious ideas makes the Festival a true success.