Today marks the official launch for the 27th Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). BIFF 2021 is a celebration of films for audiences seeking new perspectives and memorable experiences and after a year and a half of minimal cultural and artistic experiences in Brisbane, due to the wrath of COVID, the feelings in the room were one of excitement!
Held at Hotel X on Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley with invited guests from Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munich and Chief Creative Officer Jo Dillon, media outlet attendees and industry creatives, the festival was officially opened with Greg Hinks from River 94.9 FM. BIFF was represented by Chair of the Film Fantastic Board, Sue-Ann Chapman who gleamingly spoke about the jam packed program that has been curated for the festival and introduced the trailer of the much anticipated opening night film The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.
Josh Martin, BIFF CEO, discussed the bold vision for growth that he and his team have ensuring that this year’s extraordinary program combines world class films, unforgettable events and an important connection to industry. With World premieres, Australian Premieres and Queensland Premieres, Josh was elated to introduce the sponsors and partners of the festival. Hotel X, venue partner, will house the BIFF Industry Days and the BIFF Sundowners in their Rooftop bar, Iris overlooking the gorgeous Brisbane City thanks to partners, Australian Film and Television Radio School.
This year’s program will hold something for everyone – be entertained by the vast array of brilliant, unforgettable and diverse films. From award winners to festival favourites, cult films, classic cinema, entertaining dramas, compelling documentaries and dark comedies – expect to be entertained.
A renewed focus on industry and education will promote connection and conversation, through a packed schedule of panel sessions featuring some of Australia’s most well-known and successful creatives. For 11 days in October BIFF will allow us to celebrate the storytellers and filmmakers that seek to distract us from our daily lives. And don’t we need it!
Standouts in the program are the Opening Night – The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson featuring superb performances, an evocative setting, and unforgettable characters the film is the debut feature from Leah Purcell and influenced by the iconic story by Henry Lawson. Leah Purcell shines, not only in the lead role but as screenwriter, producer and director as well. Being held at Reading Cinemas Newmarket on Thursday the 21st of October at 6:00pm for a 7:00pm screening, this will be a sell out event so don’t leave it too long to purchase yourself a ticket to BIFFs opening night!
Click the link below to get to the BIFF website and explore what is on offer!
Watch out for our Top 5 picks of the festival article next week!
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