BIFF 2018 is Go

August 24, 2018
The 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival announces dates and opening night film.

Presented by The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), the 2018 Brisbane International Film Festival will be held from October 11 – 21, 2018, with the opening night film revealed as Celeste, starring Radha Mitchell, Thomas Cocquerel, Nadine Garner and Odessa Young, and directed by Brisbane-born filmmaker Ben Hackworth.

“Following the screening of Celeste, BIFF 2018 will 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. There will also be screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and much more,” said QAGOMA Director Chris Saines.

The full program will be announced in mid-September.

Amanda Slack-Smith, Artistic Director of BIFF 2018 and Curatorial Manager of QAGOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque 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,” Ms Slack-Smith said.

“BIFF audiences will have the opportunity to hear Bruce and Sue in conversation, discussing films such as Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Ladies in Black. 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  Odd Man Out  and Casino, as well as key films he has directed.”

QAGOMA took over the reins of the festival this year, after Palace Cinemas, with the help of Screen Queensland, revived BIFF last year.

Tickets to the complete BIFF 2018 program are on sale from mid-September. In the meantime stay up-to-date with the latest BIFF 2018 news and screenings by subscribing at and follow BIFF on social media @bneintlfilmfest and #BIFF2018.

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