Leah Purcell's debut feature 'The Drover's Wife' opens BIFF 2021.
Across 11 packed days, the 27th Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will present a 2021 programme rich in international festival favourites, alongside dazzling Australian content, not to mention award-winners and critical darlings.
Curated to appease both film fans and industry experts alike, BIFF will take place 21-31 October featuring a staggering 81 feature films and 22 short films.
There'll also be 33 Queensland premieres, 26 Australian premieres and 4 world premieres staged throughout BIFF 2021 across 7 venues: New Farm Cinemas, Reading Cinema Newmarket, Dendy Coorparoo, Palace James Street, Australian Cinémathèque (QAGOMA), Elizabeth Picture Theatre and Hotel X.
Run by organising body Film Fantastic, BIFF is supported by founding and principal sponsor Screen Queensland, together with Screen Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland.
BIFF's opening night will screen Leah Purcell's debut feature, 'The Drover's Wife: The Legend Of Molly Johnson' – a stark, realistic re-telling of Henry Lawson's iconic short story.
Then to close out BIFF 2021 will be the 2021 Cannes Jury Prize-winning 'Memoria', directed by acclaimed auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul and starring Tilda Swinton.
"Between these glorious film events is an incredible, diverse programme that invites audiences to celebrate the moviegoing experience together," Program Manager Sasha Close says.
"The programme includes the return of Shock Corridor to BIFF with a wild slate of cult and genre titles; the debut of Future Moves, a dedicated strand of immersive, experimental titles; and Connections, a collection of films focused on relationships: romantic, unexpected and familial.
"BIFF is delighted to present a tribute to icon Ernst Lubitsch with six essential films from his opus, complementing a showcase of bold, brave and compelling works from local filmmakers and acclaimed international storytellers."
The BIFF 2021 programme is set to inspire, provoke and entertain audiences according to Film Fantastic CEO Josh Martin.
"BIFF is a major event on Queensland's calendar, not only for audiences eager to see amazing works from across the world but also for local filmmakers looking for a platform to share their incredible talent and an opportunity to connect with their industry.
"I am delighted that BIFF further trains the spotlight on our homegrown talent with 22 Australian-made films and 6 Queenslandproduced features on the programme.
"Brisbane is home to a vibrant film culture and community of passionate film fans ready to celebrate the power and magic of cinema and discover new and memorable experiences."