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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    A new film festival for Brisbane in first round funding

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, June 12, 2017

    A new film festival for Brisbane in first round funding

    The re-birth of the Brisbane International Film Festival, along with the return of popular Brisbane-based film events will take place in 2017 and 2018, announced Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    “Screen Queensland funding of $882,000 will support seven Brisbane-based festivals and events, including a brand new Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) to take place in August,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “This funding will also support two years of funding for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards industry and screening program.”

    “Queenslanders have an enormous interest in film and the range of festivals and events in Brisbane will help to meet the demand for innovative screen activities,” she said.

    Screen Queensland Board Chair Linda Apelt said Screen Culture funding, offered in two rounds each year, with multi-year funding available for festivals with attendances above 10,000, worked to leverage significant industry partnerships.

    “Screen Queensland is partnering with Brisbane Marketing for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and with Palace Cinemas for the Brisbane International Film Festival,” Ms Apelt said.

    Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said Screen Culture funding would support new events for Brisbane.

    “I welcome the new entrants on board,” Ms Vieira said. “These include the interactive screen conference Game On at Brisbane Powerhouse, a unique film program for 2017 Brisbane Festival, the Brisbane International Film Festival, and the year-round APSA screening program.”

    “Screen Culture funding ensures we can support an active screen culture and increase access to screen content from traditional cinema to new platforms,” she said.

    Screen Culture funding is offered twice each year. Applications for film activity from January to July 2018 will open in August 2017.

    Media contact: Premier’s Office 0488 996 667

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    Screen Culture Funding:






    APSA 2017 and

    APSA 2018

    Dates to be announced


    $600,000 over two years

    ($300,000 per year)

    Brisbane Festival film program

    20 – 23 September 2017



    Brisbane International Film Festival 2017

August – 3 September 2017



    Brisbane Short Film Festival

    20 – 21 October 2017


    In kind support

    Game On GO423 Festival

    12 –13 August 2017



    Iranian Film Festival

    19 –21 October 2017



    Queensland Film Festival

    13 – 23 July 2017