The 23rd Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), Brisbane’s premier film festival, runs from 17 August – 3 September 2017.
The festival is co-directed by experienced film curator Richard Sowada and Brisbane’s Maxine Williamson, previously Film Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival.
The festival is made possible through the support of Screen Queensland via the Queensland Government and major partner, Palace Cinemas. Eighteen days, over 100 sessions, across three weekends, BIFF 2017 will screen 60 international and Australian films and includes a selection of films competing in the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the inaugural BIFF Centurion Short Film Award, $10 Seniors tickets weekdays and Free Family Animations programmed each weekend.
Special events include filmmaker and cast Q&As, talks and seminars including the International Premiere of REFUGEE WOMEN: HISTORY’S SILENT HEROES (Turkey, 2016), a free event co-hosted with Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) that includes an engaging panel of extraordinary women from refugee backgrounds sharing their experiences and journeys after the short-film omnibus screening.
Within the program there are a host of Australian Premieres, International Premieres and we are proud to say two World Premieres, and we include films shot in our own backyard making their way to Queensland screens for the first time.
The 23rd BIFF features a full retrospective of master Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev including his latest Jury Prize Cannes winning masterpiece LOVELESS. Now is your chance to see the full body of works of one of the world’s most compelling directors of our time. BIFF also includes for your viewing pleasure a Filmmaker Masters section and a Spotlight on Cinema, this year we shed light on the cinema of the Baltic States.