Did you know that the Asia Pacific is the world’s fastest-growing film region encompassing 70 countries, 4.5 billion people and half the world’s film output?

With Brisbane positioned as the gateway to the Asia Pacific and soon to be host of the G20 Summit, our city is the perfect stage for an upcoming 16-day international film festival featuring the screening of around 80 films from the Asia Pacific.

The event, called Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), is a re-imaging of the State Government’s Brisbane International Film Festival and will be a high-calibre film event showcasing the filmmakers, films and documentaries of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

From the 29th of November, festival-goers will be able to choose from a number of impressive themed films and special events. From drama, comedy, art-house, thrillers, horror, sci-fi, experimental, animation and restored classics, there is truly something for everyone.

As a sneak peek, we have now revealed eight of the expected 80 films that would be part of the first BAPFF, with examples from Australia, Turkey, the Philippines, China, Japan, New Zealand, Israel and Georgia.
The first eight BAPFF films revealed are:

  • William Yang: Blood Links – a world premiere of a great Australian documentary. It traces renowned Australian artist William Yang as he explores his Chinese roots, having been completely assimilated into the Australian way of life.
  • Winter Sleep – a 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or winner. It’s set in a mountain village in Turkey, and tells the tale of a retired actor who dreams of playing God.
  • From What is Before — a 2014 Filipino drama following a remote town in the Philippines during 1970s under Marcos dictatorship.
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice — a 2014 Chinese thriller film following a detective working to solve a series of murders across the province on coal shipments.
  • Tokyo Tribe — after five years of relative peace since the Shibuya riots, the stage is set for violence between the Tribes.
  • The Dead Lands — a 2014 New Zealand action film a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to his family.
  • Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem — a 2014 court drama following the trial of Viviane Amsalem’s five year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority competent for divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court.
  • Corn Island — a 2014 Georgian drama film following a hardy old peasant and his obedient granddaughter as they carry out one of the world’s most daunting farming traditions.

BAPFF naturally complements APSA, and the trifecta: Asia Pacific Cities Summit, the Australian Performing Arts Market and the Asia Pacific Triennial.

Screen Queensland announced Brisbane Marketing would take the reins of staging the international film festival, providing $700,000 a year for three years: 2014, 2015 and 2016.

BAPFF will be an exciting opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience many of our region’s best feature films and perhaps rub shoulders with some of the stars and filmmakers who will be in Brisbane for the awards.

I am sure it will open our minds and hearts to the rich and diverse offerings on our doorstep and — with more than one in four residents born overseas — it will be particularly appealing to Brisbane’s multicultural community.

BAPFF will run from November 29 to December 14. Please get involved and enjoy the rich culture the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival has to offer.