Brisbane International Film Festival to Continue From November in New Hands
There was some cause for concern late last month when a rumour circulated that the Brisbane International Film Festival would be cancelled this year due to the G20 Summit and its future questioned…. or something along those lines. Fortunately Screen Queensland has today confirmed that the festival will be held on November 2014 albeit in different hands.
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira has today announced that the state’s screen agency would continue to provide funding to economic development board Brisbane Marketing to stage a re-imagined Brisbane film festival from November 2014 this year. Kiki Fung, head programmer for the Brisbane International Film Festival will be moving across to Brisbane Marketing to continue programming for the festival.
Tracey Vieira had stated: “The feedback has been united in asking Screen Queensland to continue a film festival for Brisbane but not have the agency managing the festival. We have therefore sought to find a model that will make a unique film festival for Brisbane with a clear point-of-difference that differentiates it from other capital cities on the Australian film festival calendar.”
Screen Queensland will partner with Brisbane Marketing and its Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) Advisory Board to create a new film festival which they hope will be aligned to the city’s and state’s aspiration to engage culturally and economically with the Asia Pacific region. Screen Queensland will provide $700 000 a year over three years to Brisbane Marketing as part of its Screen Culture funding program to stage the festival in November 2014, 2015 and 2016.
More information is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
Professor Peter Little | Screen Queensland Chair
Our decision to out-source the film festival is part of Screen Queensland’s three-year strategic plan and our efforts in revitalising the Queensland screen industry. Screen Queensland is focusing on its core business which is to develop and support a creative, innovative and commercially-sustainable screen industry. Over 21 productions have occurred in Queensland over the last financial year, double the number of productions on previous year figures, and we aim to continue this trend.
Graham Quirk | Brisbane Lord Mayor
This festival will complement our city’s many other high profile international activities including staging the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, managing the Asia Pacific Cities Summit and driving a thriving international student export industry. It will strengthen Brisbane’s proposition as the new world city of the Asia Pacific, enrich our community’s screen culture and open doors to diplomatic and business links.
It’s an important collaboration between state and local government bringing together cultural and economic growth for Brisbane and Queensland and I look forward to sharing more details soon.
John Aitken | Brisbane Marketing CEO
Our vision is to build a strong film-focused, major event in Brisbane’s annual calendar attracting the interstate and international screen industry. We aim to put Brisbane and by extension Queensland, on the world stage as an attractive film location and a cultural tourism hotspot.