The full line-up of films for the fast approaching Queensland Film Festival has been announced and there is an eclectic selection of local and international films on the program. Running exclusively at New Farm Cinemas from July 24 to 26, the inaugural festival is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s international and independent film landscape. All up, 15 feature films and shorts will screen at the festival, including a free presentation of The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga at the Institute of Modern Art on Thursday, July 16. The festival proper kicks off at New Farm Cinemas on July 24 with the opening night film, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu. A nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, Sissako’s film presents a depiction of life as a cattle herder in the dunes of Mali that is abruptly disturbed by the arrival of Jihadists who have been terrorising the nearby city from which the film takes its name. Despite the acclaim the film has garnered elsewhere, there is real possibility that without the QFF, Timbuktu may never have found its way onto Brisbane screens. Also on opening night will be the Australian premiere of Eight, starring Libby Munro as a woman whose phobias have kept her housebound for two years. The Eight screening will be accompanied by Australian short film Magic Miles. Other films to feature over the course of the weekend include Peter Strickland’s erotic thriller The Duke of Burgundy, the Argentinian western Jauja, starring Viggo Mortenson and an Australian premiere screening of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, an homage to Italian giallo horror. Comedy, documentary and drama are all featured on the program, along with a presentation of a restored print of 1968 Russian surrealist masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranates. In addition to the film screenings, QFF will also feature three discussion panels; In Conversation with Jason Di Rosso, Reconciling Film Cultures and The Art and Craft of Editing. All of these panel sessions are free.