27th Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) unveiling 2021 program.

BIFF presents a Brisbane-wide program of international festival favourites, dazzling Australian content, award-winners and critical darlings over 11 packed days from 21-31 October 2021.

BIFF is an 11-day celebration of film from 21-31 October 2021. View the full program and purchase tickets at biff.com.au.

BIFF 2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
THE DROVER’S WIFE: THE LEGEND OF MOLLY JOHNSON
Thursday 21 October, 6.30pm for 7pm screening
Reading Cinemas Newmarket
BIFF’s Opening Night film is the Queensland premiere of the highly anticipated reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic tale, written, directed and co-produced by Leah Purcell.

MEMORIA
Sunday 31 October, 7pm for 7.30pm screening
Elizabeth Picture Theatre
BIFF’s Closing Night film explores the power of memory and the significance of relationships and is the first English language feature from Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
ALICK AND ALBERT
Friday 22 October, 7pm for 7.30pm screening
Palace James Street
A captivating documentary following the friendship of acclaimed Torres Strait artist Alick Tipoti and (H.S.H) Prince Albert II of Monaco and their shared passion for ocean conservation.
FOCUS: BRISBANE SHORT FILMS
Saturday 23 October, 7.15pm
New Farm Cinemas
A session of eight pieces that profile the best short filmmaking in and around Brisbane, including work from feature directors and debutantes.
FRIENDS AND STRANGERS
Monday 25 October, 7.45pm for 8.20pm screening
New Farm Cinemas
Friends and Strangers explores displacement and disconnection in contemporary Australia through the misadventures of two directionless 20-somethings.
PARIS FUNERAL, 1972
Monday 25 October, 6pm
Palace James Street
The feature debut from Brisbane filmmaker Adam Briggs who casts non-actors playing versions of themselves as they reinterpret and fictionalise their own lives.
RIDE SHORTS GALA
Thursday 28 October, 7pm
Reading Cinemas Newmarket
The world premiere of four inspiring and diverse short films created via Screen Queensland’s RIDE (Respect, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equality) Shorts initiative for filmmakers from under- represented backgrounds.

BIFF INDUSTRY DAYS
27 & 28 October, 8.30am – 6.30pm
Hotel X
Two days of panels, Q&As and critical discussion for filmmakers, students and film fans.
THE DISCREET CHARM OF ERNST LUBITSCH
New Farm Cinemas & Australian Cinémathèque, GOMA
Six essential films from the European master-turned-Hollywood filmmaker that define Lubitsch’s signature wit, humour and maturity.
CONNECTION
A collection of films that reveal the beauty of meaningful relationships, the delight of romantic encounters and the possibilities of unexpected encounters.
GRIT, POWER, POLITICS
Hard-hitting, powerful and timely documentaries that spark conversation about current affairs, moments in history and the possibilities of the future.
MUSIC
Compelling documentaries that spotlight rockstars, musicians, idols and trailblazers.
FUTURE MOVES
Bold, immersive and experimental works that explore cinema’s ability to evolve.
SHOCK CORRIDOR
Cult and genre films including outrageous science fiction westerns, horror films, conspiracy theories and psychedelic animations.
ADRENALIN
High octane, high stakes sports and adventure documentaries presenting tales of friendship, tenacity and incredible physical feats.

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