Brisbane International Film Festival unveils full program, including the Australian premiere of Next Goal Wins

The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), presented by MINI, has announced its 2023 program with an incredible line-up of Queensland and Australian premiere features, with Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, starring Michael Fassbender, serving as the Australian premiere and Closing Night event.

BIFF’s program is further brimming with Queensland premieres from highly acclaimed and visionary filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos Poor Things starring Emma Stone; the highly anticipated May December from Todd Haynes, with Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore; the Palme d’Or Winning film from Justine Triet, the previously announced Anatomy of a Fall; and Kitty Greendramatic thriller The Royal Hotel, starring Julia Garner.

Luke Wheatley, BIFF CEO, says “Our film festival brings a diverse perspective from filmmakers all around the world, and we are proud to be able to showcase these voices and their stories. This program is ambitious and has a strong vision of stories that will make you think and perhaps look at the world in a different way. These are films from emerging and established filmmakers at their best and I cannot wait to sit in the cinema and share these.”

Set to take place from October 26 to November 5 at selected Dendy, Reading and Five Star cinema locations across Brisbane, BIFF is set to deliver two World Premieres, two Australian Premieres, 38 Queensland Premieres and 18 short films along with two incredible Industry Days.

Sasha Close, BIFF Head of Programming says “The 2023 BIFF program showcases a diverse array of extraordinary and exciting films from Australia and across the globe.”

“Bookended by two remarkable, heartwarming films that recently debuted at the Toronto film festival, the full program has something for everyone with delightful comedies, captivating documentaries, and dramatic thrillers, along with a dedicated program day on the first weekend showcasing incredible Brisbane talent and a special selection for the young and young heart.” she proudly adds.

Brisbane cinema lovers will have so much to choose from with key galas and strands set to inspire and delight from Opening Night to Closing Night, with All Of Us Strangers, a beautiful fantasy romance starring Paul Mescal, and Pedro Almodóvar‘s provocative Strange Way of Life, with Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, featuring alongside such remastered presentations as Philip Noyce‘s Rabbit-Proof Fence and 1963’s Contempt, featuring one of cinema’s most celebrated stars, Brigitte Bardot.

Short programs, emerging Australian director showcases (New Wave), and the WTF Strand, where some of the year’s craziest genre pieces are showcased in all their terrifying oddities, will continue the cinematic celebration BIFF hopes to project this year, with Screen Queensland CEO, Jacqui Feeney, adding, “The Brisbane International Film Festival is a highlight of the state’s screen culture calendar, where audiences come together to share and experience the best work of local filmmakers alongside a diverse selection of national and international cinema.”

Tickets are now on sale for these incredible films and you can explore the full program at

Peter Gray

Film critic with a penchant for Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, Michelle Pfeiffer and horror movies, harbouring the desire to be a face of entertainment news.