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06 November, 2014


Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced an exciting world-class program for the inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) including one world premiere and 37 Australian premieres.
Cr Quirk said BAPFF promised to be a multicultural and visual feast with broad appeal for all Brisbane residents.
“BAPFF highlights our city’s cultural diversity and promotes our close connections with the Asia Pacific, the world’s fastest growing film region,” Cr Quirk said.
“The inaugural BAPFF program is a one-of-a-kind film event in Australia and is packed with exciting, informative and thought-provoking films.
“Some of the best stories don’t come from Hollywood but from our own backyard. The BAPFF program is full of major award-winning films from A-list festivals throughout the world, many are submissions for the Academy Awards and are nominated for our very own Asia Pacific Screen Awards.”
BAPFF will feature films from over 30 countries from the Asia Pacific region to be screened over 16 days and will feature 80 films across 120 screenings, including 20 nominated films from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
Cr Quirk said BAPFF would complement APSA in not only cementing APSA as a defining event for Brisbane but also providing a first-class international screen industry festival that would draw the attention of the international film community.
“With the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane is now firmly established as a globally significant location to not only produce and celebrate film, but to do business.
BAPFF will also provide a festival opportunity to showcase the films and filmmakers of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The APSA Ceremony will be held once again in City Hall on December 11.
BAPFF Executive Chairman Michael Hawkins encouraged film enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the festival by seeing something new and discovering more about the depth of Asia Pacific film talent.
“It is a pleasure to present the BAPFF programme and I am sure Brisbane audiences will embrace this festival and make it their own. Brisbane people love film, and a great film is a great film in anyone’s language,” Mr Hawkins said.
“This festival is a first for Australia, something all of Brisbane should be proud of. It is a dedicated Asia Pacific-focused screen culture event to honour filmmaking from our own region; a region with incredible talents that produce half the world’s film.
“BAPFF promises to be thought-provoking, fun and exciting with drama, comedy, action films, art-house, thrillers, horror, sci-fi, experimental, and social/political works to challenge and inspire.”
The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival program includes feature films and documentaries, a specially curated animated shorts program, restored classics, highlights from the film festival circuit and films from leading filmmakers of the region.
BAPFF’s program will be screened in the following locations:
• The Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
• Palace Barracks Cinemas
• Sunnybank Hoyts Cinemas
• Melbourne Street Green, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
• The Courier-Mail Piazza
• State Library of Queensland

The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will be held from Saturday 29 November to Sunday 14 December and will include themed programs, filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions.
BAPFF will also provide a festival showcase for the films from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, giving local audiences the opportunity to preview the APSA-nominated films including Queensland and Australian premieres, award winners and box office hits.
BAPFF is funded by founding sponsor Screen Queensland, proudly presented by Treasury Casino and Hotel, and supported by major government partner Screen Australia. Brisbane Marketing is delivering BAPFF on behalf of Brisbane, Australia’s new world city.

Program Highlights:
• World premiere of William Yang: Blood Links
• Australian premiere of The Crow’s Egg; Margarita, with a Straw; Two Paise for Sunshine, Four Annas for Rain
• Queensland premiere of Coming Home; Winter Sleep; The Dead Lands
• Special screening of Crossroads of Youth to celebrate the Korean Film Archive’s 40th anniversary
• Retrospect of internationally renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi
• Screening of Australian films including Paper Planes; The Search for Weng Weng; The Infinite Man; Ukraine is not a Brothel; Ruin
• Discussion forums exploring the roles of women in the business of filmmaking
• World Movies Secret Cinema
For full details on the full program and events or to buy tickets, visit bapff.com.au.

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