It’s a wrap for BIFF 2018


BIFF 2018 is all wrapped up, across 11 days of award-winning and first-look films alongside acclaimed titles by established and emerging directors from Australia and the world, the Brisbane International Film Festival shone a spotlight on 100 features, documentaries and shorts, with curated programs celebrating trends from Iran, Asia and Africa.

We opened with the Queensland premiere of Celeste 2018, a compelling North Queensland love story directed by Brisbane’s Ben Hackworth. One of the many highlights was the powerful and timely documentary Wik vs Queensland 2018, which screened alongside a panel of distinguished guests who were involved in the momentous land rights decision in 1996.

Festival Patron Bruce Beresford curated a selection of his favourite films, screening alongside career highlights, and we brought you a number of recently restored features and beloved Australian classics. The Festival experience came to life with dynamic events including performances, classic silent films with live scores, and industry led workshops and discussions.

Sit back and relive some of the excitement of the 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival with a range of conversations and panel discussions presented in conjunction with the film screenings.

We look forward to seeing you back in 2019 with BIFF returning from 3 – 13 October.

Bruce Beresford and Sue Milliken discuss ‘Ladies in Black’ 2018

Li Cunxin and Bruce Beresford discuss ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ 2009

‘Wik vs Queensland’ 2018 panel discussion

‘Jirga’ 2018 panel discussion

Miranda Tapsell and Rosemary Blight discuss ‘The Sapphires’ 2012

Talking Film: Cinematic Storytelling – Colour and Light

Talking Film: Finding your audience

Talking Film: Funding the gap

Explore the Australian Cinémathèque’s ongoing program / Delve into our current and past programs

QAGOMA is the only Australian art gallery with purpose-built facilities dedicated to film and the moving image. The Australian Cinémathèque provides an ongoing program of film and video 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. 

Artistic Director for BIFF 2018 is Amanda Slack-Smith, Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque.

The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland in association with the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia.


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