Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will launch on Thursday 11 October at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) with the Queensland premiere of Celeste, a compelling love story by Brisbane-born film director Ben Hackworth set in the tropical splendour of Far North Queensland.

GAGOMA Director Chris Saines said that the Festival this year would offer local and visiting audiences more than 100 Australian and International new release and classic feature films, documentaries and shorts. “BIFF 2018 will showcase films from around the world, with a series of curated highlights exploring current ideas from Iranian, Asian, and African filmmakers,” said Chris. Alongside the screening of brilliant international films, the Festival will offer live music, conversations, panel discussions and many more activities for the audience. “In mid-September, we look forward to announcing the complete BIFF 2018 program with a mix of Queensland and Australian stories as well as major new works from a global context.”

Artistic Director of BIFF and Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque Amanda Slack-Smith said the festival would be presented at GOMA and city-wide with partner venues including Event Cinemas at Brisbane City Myer Centre, Five Star Cinemas (New Farm Cinemas and Elizabeth Picture Theatre), Reading Cinemas at Newmarket, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse and State Library of Queensland. “We are thrilled and proud that internationally renowned Australian director Bruce Beresford and award-winning film producer and author Sue Milliken AO have come on board as patrons of the festival,” said Amanda.

Amanda said the BIFF audiences will have the opportunity to hear Bruce and Sue in conversation, discussing films such as Breaker Morant (1980), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Ladies in Black (2018). “The program will also include a selection of films that have inspired and delighted Beresford over the course of his illustrious 50-year career such as The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928, Odd Man Out 1947 and Casino 1995, as well as key films he has directed.”

Supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and the Australian Federal Government through Screen Australia, the BIFF 2018 will be held from Thursday 11 to Sunday 21 October and the tickets are on sale from mid-September.

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