The Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival kicks off later this month featuring more than 100 features, documentaries and shorts from 42 countries from throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Now in its second year, the BAPFF will run from Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 29 with screenings at various venues around the city, including Brisbane Cinemateque, Palace Cinemas, Griffith Film School and New Farm Cinemas, with special events at Museum of Brisbane, Southbank Piazza, the State Library and Queensland University of Technology.
The BAPFF is held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards – which will be presented at Brisbane City Hall on November 26 – with 34 of the nominated films featuring at the festival, including the five films in contention for Best Feature Film. The diverse program of events includes premiere screenings, panel presentations, retrospective screenings and seminars.
One of the most anticipated films featuring at the festival is Jafar Panahi’s Tehran Taxi. Having been banned from making films for 20 years buy the Iranian government, Panahi has been forced to work in secret and this is the third clandestine production that he has made since the ban was imposed.
Australian films screening at the festival include The Daughter, Downriver, Sherpa, Early Winter and Murundak: Songs of Freedom as well as a special screening of Rolf de Heer’s polarising 1993 work Bad Boy Bubby.
For more information about the 2015 Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, including the full schedule of events, head to the festival website.