After two successful years, the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) will return with a stacked line-up that features 82 unique films from all parts of Asia. The BAPFF has today released the full program for the 2016 event, which will take place around Brisbane from the 23rd of November to the 4th of December.
The titles include films that tell the narratives of Asian countries through a diverse range of genres and lenses. Amongst these titles are documentary and feature films from India to Japan to Iran, all premiering national tales at this years BAPFF.
From the world of Japan’s celebrity-making business to the exploration of flavours as the world’s best restaurant ships to Japan, the films will bring a slice of Asian culture to Brisbane late November.
Some of the most prolific films announced in the program are Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, Lav Diaz’s 8-hour Filipino epic A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery and the empowering, award dominating Indian drama Parched. The festival will also host the Australian premiere of Aussie home-grown thriller Hounds of Love.
The Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has backed the festival, saying “The festival’s third year will be its best yet, featuring 31 Australian premieres and 33 Queensland premieres in just 12 days … These films represent the exceptional talent from a region that encompasses 70 countries and areas and includes award-winning films, independents, restored classics and genre favourites,”
The festival has received support from Screen Queensland as an avenue for supporting the local industry and the local economy. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk commented on the festival saying that, “Screen Queensland invests in film festivals around the state to support non-mainstream and alternative films that would otherwise not be available …Film festivals like BAPFF attract visitors and deliver a boost to Queensland’s tourism industry and local economy,” she said
The festival has also included for the first time films from Europe and the Americas with many of the filmmakers attending the screenings to host Q&A’s with the audiences.
To purchase tickets or to access the full program, visit http://tix.brisbaneasiapacificfilmfestival.com/browse.asp