Welcome to BIFF from Artistic Director
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.
— Amanda Slack-Smith, Artistic Director, Brisbane International Film Festival