What’s On: Brisbane International Film Festival

Still from The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

Brisbane International Film Festival

21 – 31 October 2021

Various locations, Brisbane


Discover new joys, connect with classics, and celebrate a world of memorable cinema at the 27th Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF).

BIFF presents a Brisbane-wide program of international festival favourites, dazzling Australian content, award-winners, and critical darlings over 11 packed days in October. Film fans and industry experts alike can curate their experience from 81 feature films – including 4 world, 26 Australian and 33 Queensland premiere productions – 22 short films and 10 industry events across seven Brisbane venues.

CEO of organising body Film Fantastic, 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,” 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.”

Program Manager Sasha Close says BIFF opens with Leah Purcell’s debut feature, The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson, and closes with the 2021 Cannes Jury Prize-winning Memoria, directed by acclaimed auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

“Between these glorious film events is an incredible, diverse program that invites audiences to celebrate the moviegoing experience together,” Close said. “The program includes the return of Shock Corridor to BIFF with a wild slate of cult and genre titles; the debut of Future Moves, a dedicated strand of immersive, experimental titles; and Connections, a collection of films focused on relationships: romantic, unexpected and familial. BIFF is delighted to present a tribute to icon Ernst Lubitsch with six essential films from his opus, complementing a showcase of bold, brave and compelling works from local filmmakers and acclaimed international storytellers.”

BIFF is run by organising body Film Fantastic and supported by Founding and Principal Sponsor Screen Queensland, together with Screen Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland.


Click here to view the full BIFF 2021 program, and for ticketing information


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