BIFF 2020 – Fresh horror films to haunt you


As winter comes to a close and spring begins once more, what better time than now to retreat to an invitingly dark cinema and get scared out of your mind? The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2020) offers a rich spread of horror-infused films to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Our spine-tingling choices this year are: the Queensland-made Bloody Hell 2020, a Sam Raimi influenced blend of comedy and horror; Katrin Gebbe’s simmering portrait of maternal dedication in Pelican Blood 2019; the immediate classic of modern British horror Saint Maud 2019; and the stylish and intense Indonesian gorefest The Queen of Black Magic 2019.

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BIFF returns to cinemas from 1 to 11 October with multi-award-winning Australian actor Jack Thompson AM and Academy Award-nominated film editor Jill Bilcock AC as the Festival’s 2020 Patrons. Presented by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) through its Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA, and in partnership with venues across Brisbane, BIFF 2020 will screen new release features and documentaries, special events, a short film competition and much more.

With over 70 films from 28 countries, we can’t wait to welcome audiences back for BIFF 2020 – 11 exhilarating days of unmissable cinema! 

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1. Bloody Hell

Production still from Bloody Hell 2020 / Director: Alister Grierson / Image courtesy:  Hel of a Time Pty Ltd

2. Pelican Blood

Pelican Blood 2019 / Director: Katrin Gebbe

3. Saint Maud

Production still from Saint Maud 2019 / Director: Rose Glass / Image courtesy: Sony Pictures Classics

4. The Queen of Black Magic

Production still from The Queen of Black Magic 2019 / Director: Kimo Stamboel / Image courtesy: Shudder

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Returning to Cinemas
BIFF 2020 is one of the first major film festivals in Australia to welcome audiences back to cinemas, and we’ll be taking extra steps to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. In addition, when booking, individuals/groups will be distanced in accordance with Queensland Health guidelines.

BIFF 2020 will screen at QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque, and at valued partner venues Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, New Farm Six Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Newmarket and the State Library of Queensland – all part of a city-wide celebration of film.

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) provides an ongoing program of film and video art that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere, offering a rich and diverse experience of the moving image, showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and international cinema, rare 35mm prints, recent restorations and silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Gallery’s Wurlitzer organ originally installed in Brisbane’s Regent Theatre in November 1929.

BIFF 2020 is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.

Artistic Director for BIFF 2020 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

Featured image: Production still from Bloody Hell 2020 / Director: Alister Grierson / Image courtesy: Hel of a Time Pty Ltd

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