Brisbane International Film Festival
|Location||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|Hosted by||Screen Queensland|
The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) was an annual film festival held in Brisbane, Australia. Organised by the Screen Culture unit at Screen Queensland, the festival has taken place since 1992, with the program including features, documentaries, shorts, experimental efforts, retrospectives, late night thrillers, animation, and children's films. The festival has attracted more than 400,000 visitors across its history. The festival has been replaced by the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival from 2014 onwards.
The festival features events including the opening and closing night celebrations, special screenings, seminars, question and answer sessions, and awards ceremonies. As well as promoting local Australian content, BIFF includes films from around the globe.
In addition to the regular program, BIFF has synergies with Cine Sparks and the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards.
Cine Sparks, the Australian Film Festival for Young People was part of BIFF’s expansion in 2005, with a program of films, workshops and seminars for people under the age of 18. Cine Sparks is popular with school groups, with more than 10,000 students attending the various sessions. In 2011, Cine Sparks took place in October, as a prelude to BIFF.
The Queensland New Filmmakers Awards (QNFA) is the biggest industry sponsored new filmmaker competition in the country, recognising and encouraging the achievements of emerging Queensland filmmakers. The competition is aimed at rewarding the creative talents of Queensland short filmmakers, with 2011 marking its 25th year.
BIFFDOCS — In 2011 the Festival established BIFFDOCS, Australia's richest prize for documentary filmmakers. The BIFFDOCS competition rewards excellence in documentary production - particularly films that exhibit the ability to surprise, entertain, provoke and disturb. The inaugural BIFFDOCS award went to Arirang by one of South Korea’s most celebrated filmmakers, Kim Ki-duk.
Audience Award — Attendees at the Festival are asked to vote after each screening, with the results shaping the Festival's Audience award.
Chauvel Award — In previous years, the Festival has acknowledged a contributor to Australian cinema through the Chauvel Award, named in honour of Charles Chauvel. Past recipients of the Chauvel Award have included producer Anthony Buckley, directors Paul Cox and Rolf de Heer, actors Bryan Brown and Geoffrey Rush, cinematographer John Seale, documentary makers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson, and film critic David Stratton (2007).
Jury Awards — The Festival has also hosted international juries, who judge three awards: The FIPRESCI Award, the NETPAC Award and the Interfaith Award for Promoting Humanitarian Values.
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