The 28th annual Brisbane International Film Festival unveils World and Australian Premieres

Celebrating its 28th year, Queensland’s brightest celebration of film, the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF), announces its eagerly awaited program and new festival hub, lighting up screens over 11 days from October 27 to November 6, 2022.  This year BIFF will delight audiences with a diverse selection of Award-Winning films, anticipated releases from acclaimed directors, home grown content, heartfelt stories and exciting films from emerging voices.

The program showcases an impressive line-up of World, Australian and Queensland premieres, exclusive preview screenings, industry panels, filmmaker Q&As, and special events across a number of venues; Brisbane Powerhouse, QAGOMA Australian Cinémathèque, New Farm Six Cinemas, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre, Dendy Coorparoo, Dendy Portside and Reading Newmarket.  The Red Carpet will be rolled out at Brisbane Powerhouse, which will transform into the 2022 Festival Hub hosting Opening Night and key galas with; Seriously Red, A League of Her Own and RIDE – six inspiring and inventive short films created via Screen Queensland’s RIDE Shorts Initiative (standing for Respect, Inclusivity, Diversity
and Equality).

Premiering direct from such prestigious international film festivals as Venice and New York, BIFF will host exclusive previews of such anticipated titles as Tar, starring Venice award winner Cate Blanchett, The Banshees of Inisherin from director Martin McDonagh, Cannes Award winner Triangle of Sadness, the topical Harvey Weinstein drama She Said, starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, and Armageddon Time, with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.

Established in 1992, the first BIFF opened with Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit straight-from-Cannes feature, Strictly Ballroom, at the Regent Theatre. In a nod to the roots of this iconic festival and taking nostalgic look at Australian iconic films, BIFF will screen the completely restored Strictly Ballroom, presented by the National Film and Sound Archive’s digital restoration program – NFSA Restores – reviving our cinema

Film Fantastic CEO Josh Martin says this year’s Festival will combine world-class Australian and independent cinema with some of the most hotly anticipated festival favourites direct from overseas.
The 28th annual BIFF places a spotlight on our thriving industry in South East Queensland, celebrating Australian and International cinema and the art of filmmaking. BIFF also provides a wonderful opportunity to connect emerging talent with the broader Australian film industry.

I am delighted to be releasing our upcoming BIFF Film Program running for 11 days,
across 7 wonderful venues and I want to thank our small but incredibly dedicated team
who share in our vision to deliver Brisbane the film festival it deserves.”

With 120 films, including 79 features, 41 shorts, 8 world premieres, 23 Australian premieres, and 78 Queensland premieres, BIFF, run by Film Fantastic and supported by the Queensland Government through Founding and Principal Sponsor Screen Queensland, together with Screen Australia and
Tourism and Events Queensland, promises to amplify new voices and promise to equally engage and enrage audiences across the state for 11 glorious days.

For tickets and a full program listing, please head to the official BIFF webpage.

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.