The launch of the Queensland Film Festival will be welcomed as a delightful addition to Brisbane’s cultural calendar, bringing some of the very best film from all over the world to our doorstep.

The festival, hosted by New Farm Six Cinemas, will showcase a dozen feature films and supporting short films, with a line-up including Philippe Garrel’s Jealousy, Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, and Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s The Forbidden Room, as well as emerging local works such as Eight by first-time Brisbane filmmaker Peter Blackburn.

Surrounding the screenings will be interactive experiences for audiences with events such as panel discussions and in-foyer chats with critics, scholars and film makers. The fesitval is endorsed by David Stratton, QFF’s patron and Australia’s best-known film critic.

“My first contact with film culture in Queensland was in 1966 when, as the director of the Sydney Film Festival, I was able to help with the establishment of the Brisbane Film Festival,” Stratton advises.

“In some way, Brisbane’s international film festival has been a part of my year ever since. I always looked forward to travelling up for BIFF. Unbelievably, next year it will be 50 years since that first Brisbane Film Festival, and I’m very pleased to support QFF in reintroducing this kind of film festival for local audiences.”

Stratton will be recommending films and helping to contextualise the full program when it is released in June.

Also jumping on board this year is ABC Radio National film critic Jason Di Rosso, as a special guest of 2015.

“I’ve always cherished my experiences at film festivals, and the best ones have been about seeing films in the company of other cinematic travellers that challenge me and expand my thinking,” says Di Rosso. “It’s wonderful to see Brisbane getting another film event that’s committed to showing exciting, challenging work.”

New Farm Six Cinemas also furthers the festival’s ties to Brisbane’s film history, as it was the venue for the first four of the Brisbane Film Festivals from 1966 to 1969. The venue was renovated and reopened in August 2014.

The co-directors of the festival, John Edmond and Dr Huw Walmsley-Evans are both Brisbane locals who met while doing post-graduate film research at the University of Queensland. Edmond now boasts the role as associate curator at UQ Art Museum and will be curating the festivals program. Walmsley-Evans now works as a film critic and researcher, editor of Screen Machine and Manuscript magazine.

Future plans for the QFF include touring a selection of films to the major regional centres around Queensland, however for 2015, the festival will focus on Brisbane’s film community.

The festival will run from the 24th to the 26th of July, with a comprehensive program of events available on their website. Check out our Event Guide listing for further information.