BIFF Relaunched as a Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival

SYDNEY – The Brisbane International Film Festival is to be relaunched as a Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival in Dec this year, where it will tie in with a city’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The refocusing of a festival follows a send in government from group Screen Queensland to Brisbane Marketing.  

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced Thursday that a initial Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) will run for 16 days, Nov 29 to Dec 14, with a eighth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) to be hold Dec. 11. The festival will be saved in partial by a $700,000-a-year extend over a subsequent 3 years from Screen Queensland and delivered by Brisbane Marketing. Kiki Fung from Screen Queensland will continue to module a festival.

“The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will be a high-caliber film eventuality showcasing a filmmakers, films and documentaries of a Asia Pacific Screen Awards,” Quirk said.

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“Free open screenings and ticketed events will be hold from Saturday 29 Nov to Sunday 14 December, including themed programs, a special showcase of a winning films, filmmaker introductions and QA sessions,” he added.

The new BAPFF is dictated to be an general screen-industry event. As good as a flagship screenings of films from a Asia Pacific Screen Awards, BAPFF will benefaction a “specially curated showcase of a artistic and informative extent of a works of filmmakers from a immeasurable Asia Pacific region.”

APSA covers films from 70 countries, 4.5 billion people and half a world’s film output. APSA also administers a APSA Academy, done adult of former winners, and a film account that provides growth income for new films opposite several genres.

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The new eventuality builds on and formalizes final year’s APSA module of open screenings,which gave internal audiences a event to preview a nominated films. They also shaped partial of a judging screening module for a APSA International Jury. 

APSA executive chairman Michael Hawkins said BAPFF would strengthen APSA’s form both in a Asia Pacific and locally. “Bringing these events together will make a films of Asia Pacific segment some-more permitted for locals and visitors, and we intend to safeguard a people of Brisbane have each event to get involved,” he said.

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“I am gay to acquire Kiki Fung from Screen Queensland to BAPFF to work with us on programming a new-look festival.”

“BAPFF is also about positioning Brisbane for business opportunities, quite in this year as horde city of a G20 Summit,” Quirk added. It “naturally complements APSA, Asia Pacific Cities Summit, a Australian Performing Arts Market and a Asia Pacific Triennial.”

Palestinian film Omar was a leader for best underline film during a 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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