Palace Cinemas has been announced as the new home of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF).

BAPFF will now screen exclusively at Palace Centro and Palace Barracks.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says Palace Cinemas will host more than 80 films for this year’s celebration of regional cinema, with many sessions hosted by international filmmakers and special guests.

“BAPFF screens our region’s best films, many of which are featured at the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and staged during the BAPFF opening weekend in November,” Cr Quirk says.

“The festival celebrates Brisbane’s close connections with the Asia Pacific and is a reflection of the many nationalities that call Brisbane home.

“Whether it’s an Australian animation, Iranian drama, or Chinese action film, I encourage you to see the rich and diverse cinema on offer.”

APSA BAPFF chairman Michael Hawkins says Palace Cinemas will be the perfect home for the festival.

“Palace audiences love and seek out world cinema,” he says.

“Having one central hub for the festival will allow us to reach our patrons in their local cinema and create an atmosphere and experience deserving of Brisbane’s largest film festival.

“This year is shaping up to be our best yet with BAPFF programmers securing fresh new titles from leading international festivals like Venice, Toronto International Film Festival, and Locarno.”

Palace Cinemas CEO Benjamin Zeccola says the design and structural refurbishment being undertaken at both Palace Barracks and Palace Centro will prepare the cinemas for the prestigious international film festival.

“Palace Cinemas is the home of the international film festival in Australia, delivering the best of contemporary cinema from Italy, Spain, and France, among other countries, throughout the year. It’s exciting to now be showing the finest films from our very own cultural backyard, in the Asia-Pacific region,” he says.

“Palace Cinemas is the home of the international film festival in Australia, delivering the best of contemporary cinema from Italy, Spain, and France, among other countries, throughout the year. It’s exciting to now be showing the finest films from our very own cultural backyard, in the Asia-Pacific region.”

BAPFF will run from 23 November to 4 December. Tickets are expected to go on sale in October at bapff.com.au.