program gives the audience the chance to discover more about
the films through interacting with the filmmakers.
The Brisbane International Film Festival Queensland Short
Film Competition aims to give honor to the best short film
works. Lectures and seminars
are also provided that serves as opportunity for the
attendees to match their minds with the film industry
professionals. Topics in the lectures and
seminars vary from the issues of intellectual property to
the critical analysis of the Australian film industry and
Categories in the recent BIFF are the following: African
Cinema, American Indies, Art for Film's Sake, Award Winners,
Films on Filmmaking, Music Films, Australian Cinema, Asia
Pacific, Experimental, World Cinema, Riding the Malaysian
New Wave and more. Sample films that have been screened were
Cannes Palme d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,"
Sundance Audience Winner "Quinceaneara," FIPRESCI Best
Picture "The Bet Collector"
and Oscar Winner, "Once." July
31 to August 10 of this year marks the next St. George Bank
Presenting, the largest festival in Queensland that
celebrates Queer Cinema and the third largest queer film in
Australia: Brisbane Queer Film Festival.
It is an exclusive
showcase of films made by, about and for the queer
community. This festival has been screening shorts, features
from around the world which tackles the
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life since its
establishment in 2000 with the support of the Brisbane
Powerhouse, Volkswagen and Pacific Film and Television
Commission. The festival is a weeklong celebration of queer
cinema culture in Queensland.
The festival also includes a
competition which grants winner $1000 worth of filmmaking
Some of the films screened in the recent festival are
"Shelter" from USA, "Pusinky" (Dolls) from Czech Republic,
"Sonja" from Germany, "Breakfast With Scott" from Canada,
"Performance Anxiety" from Australia, "Naissance Des
Pieuvres" (Water Lilies) from France and "Spider Lilies"