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Brisbane International Film Festival finds a new home at GOMA

After its revival last year, Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is moving to GOMA. The gallery will present the festival over the next three years, signalling a fresh new direction for BIFF.

GOMA’s cultural footprint in Brisbane continues to grow with the announcement of its partnership with BIFF. Our city’s namesake film festival will return in October with a new home and new artistic director: QAGOMA's acting curatorial manager of the Australian Cinémathèque Amanda Slack-Smith.

This year’s BIFF program is still under wraps, but it is “ambitious and will enrich the community,” says Screen Queensland Chief Executive Tracey Vieira. “QAGOMA’s intricate understanding of art and culture and its place not just in Brisbane but in Australia and the Asia Pacific region will deliver an exciting program for cinephiles, industry and the wider community.”

During October, the festival will present new releases and film retrospectives, alongside screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and gala events. This public program will run alongside a range of industry events including workshops, events and panel discussions presented by Screen Queensland.

The new direction comes after the festival’s return in 2017. After being axed in 2014, BIFF was resurrected on the back of the cancellation of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival early last year, which left the city without a flagship film festival.

Films will also screen at cinemas across the city, with more details to follow as October draws closer.

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