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Celebrate Brisbane International Film Festival this October. Check out the full Brisbane International Film Festival program to plan your visit. Tickets are on sale now.
Join State Library for four special films.
The Wishmas Tree (Australian Premiere)
9.45am red carpet, film starts 10.30am Saturday 5 October | Australia | 2019 | 90 mins | All ages | FREE - bookings required
Join us on the red carpet at this free world premiere for the whole family!
In this delightful Australian animation, a young Ringtail Possum’s misguided wish for a white Wishmas at the magical Wishmas Tree not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there. Before the Wishmas Tree is gone forever, she must undertake a daring adventure to undo the results of her wish and save her city. Featuring the vocal talents of Miranda Tapsell, Ross Noble and Kate Murphy created by Brisbane-based studio Like A Photon.
Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin followed by panel discussion Women writing the Fantastic
2pm Saturday 5 October | USA | 2018 | 68 mins | All ages
Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin is a warm and insightful portrait of the of the trailblazing science fiction and fantasy writer.
Following the film, join a panel of women writers discussing Le Guin's influence and why speculative fiction provides such fertile ground for viewpoints that rail against the norm.
The Miracle of the Little Prince
1.30pm Sunday 6 October | Netherlands| 2018 | 89 mins | PG
A poetic exploration of how four communities draw on Antoine Saint-Exupéry's beloved novella to preserve their native languages. With beautiful cinematography, this film reveals how languages are central to understanding culture, identities, histories and traditions.
The Emu Runner
10am Monday 7 October | Australia | 2018 | 95 mins | PG
In a remote Australian town, a misunderstood girl forges a friendship with a wild emu. Following the tragic death of her mother, and with a father (Wayne Blair) grappling with his own grief, Gem Daniels seeks comfort in the totem of her ancestors. Emu Runner is a 15-year collaboration between director Imogen Thomas and the Brewarrina community in northern New South Wales.
State Library is excited to be a venue partner for the festival, presented by Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).