The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is landing 21-31 October 2021. and we couldn’t be more excited! This years festival has 81 feature films –including 4 world, 26 Australian and 33 Queensland premiere productions –22 short films and 10 industry events across seven Brisbane venues.

Film Fantastic CEO Josh Martin says BIFF’s 2021 program will entertain, engage and inspire audiences and spark insight and action among the film industry after a challenging 18 months.

“BIFF is a major event on Queensland’s calendar, not only for audiences eager to see amazing works from across the world but also for local filmmakers looking for a platform to share their incredible talent and an opportunity to connect with their industry,” Mr Martin said.

“I am delighted that BIFF further trains the spotlight on our homegrown talent with 22 Australian-made films and six Queensland-produced features on the program.“Brisbane is home to a vibrant film culture and community of passionate film fans ready to celebrate the power and magic of cinema and discover new and memorable experiences.”

We’ve curated a list of 8 festival must-sees for you to expand on your usual taste and see something you might not have usually watched on the big screen.

THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON

Thursday 21 October, 6.30pm for 7pm screening

Reading Cinemas Newmarket

BIFF’s Opening Night film is the Queensland premiere of the reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic tale, written, directed and co-produced by Leah Purcell.

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MEMORIA

Sunday 31 October, 7pm for 7.30pm screening

Elizabeth Picture Theatre

BIFF’s Closing Night film explores the power of memory and the significance of relationships and is the first English language feature from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

ALICK AND ALBERT

Friday 22 October, 7pm for 7.30pm screening

Palace James Street

A captivating documentary following the friendship of acclaimed Torres Strait artist Alick Tipoti and (H.S.H) Prince Albert II of Monaco and their shared passion for ocean conservation.

FOCUS: BRISBANE SHORT FILMS

Saturday 23 October, 7.15pm

New Farm Cinemas

A session of eight pieces showcasing the best short filmmaking in and around Brisbane, including work from feature directors and debutantes

FRIENDS AND STRANGERS

Monday 25 October, 7.45pm for 8.20pm screening

New Farm Cinemas

Friends and Strangers explores displacement and disconnection in contemporary Australia through the misadventures of two directionless 20-somethings.

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BIFF INDUSTRY DAYS

27 & 28 October, 8.30am –6.30pm

Hotel X

Two days of panels, Q&As and critical discussion for filmmakers, students and film fans.

CONNECTION

A collection of films that reveal the beauty of meaningful relationships, the delight of romantic encounters and the possibilities of unexpected encounters.

View the full program below or at biff.com.au

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