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Browse BIFF strands – a collection of films grouped by features, documentaries and curated programs.

Baz Luhrmann Selects

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has handpicked some of his favourite films to share with audiences at BIFF 2019. A collection of incredible cinematic spectacles, these films speak to the visual wit and inventiveness for which Luhrmann is known.

Baz Luhrmann + Catherine Martin Films

Celebrating five exciting films that spring from the rich and unique creative relationship between director Baz Luhrmann and designer Catherine Martin. From the stylish, breakout comedy Strictly Ballroom 1992 through to the opulent adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby 2013, relive the excitement through this selection of career highlights. The BAFTA-winning Romeo + Juliet 1996 is a vivid and turbulent take on the Shakespearean tragedy, Australia 2008 is a romance writ large and the musical spectacular Moulin Rouge!


From acclaimed veterans to emerging talents, the feature films of BIFF 2018 shine a light on filmmakers at the forefront of contemporary cinema.


This diverse selection of documentaries reveals the world around us through portraits of engaging individuals, social changes, reflections on the horrors of war and peeks into the past.

Reconciling with the World: Asian Cinema

What makes us human? A grand question, but one of the potential answers lies in an individual’s will to transform when their desires are not in harmony with the world. In this selection of films from filmmakers across Asia, reconciliation takes many forms.

Iranian Cinema Now

For some two decades, Iranian cinema has been in the international spotlight. This vibrant national cinema seems to continually renew itself.

Voices in African Cinema

Voices in African Cinema highlights some of the vibrant and eloquent voices from the African continent.

Cinema Remix

Archive fever is upon us in 2018. This mix of five experimental and essay films are made by cinephiles. Using the collage technique their love of cinema is captured in the sheer wealth of material sampled.

Restored Revelations

Restored Revelations is a selection of cinematic works from outside the well-trodden canon, whose recent digital restorations offer an exciting opportunity to view these little-seen masterpieces for the first time in decades.

Bruce Beresford Directs

Bruce Beresford Directs highlights a small selection of films from the long, rich career of BIFF Festival Patron Bruce Beresford – from the acclaimed Australian courtroom drama Breaker Morant 1980 to Beresford’s sumptuous new release Ladies in Black 2018.

Bruce Beresford Selects

Academy Award-nominated director and writer Bruce Beresford shares with BIFF audiences some of his favourite films across cinema history.


This selection of short films from Australia and New Zealand showcases nuanced and powerful storytelling from emerging filmmaking talent.


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