Brisbane International Film Festival finds its new director in the heart of Queensland

Emily Avila has just taken up the position of festival director for BIFF 2021, to build a broad event across the wider city. The festival will take place 21-31 October.

The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) goes into advanced planning mode with the appointment of Emily Avila as the Festival Director, which was made public today.

The management of BIFF was secured by tender, won by Film Fantastic, which is the management entity for the Gold Coast Film Festival. According to Film Fantastic chair Sue-Anne Chapman, the two festivals will be separate in their intention and approach, but will share the expensive back end activities like staff management, payroll, IT and ultimately the web presence and ticketing.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.