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International Film Union


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Brisbane International Film Union [BIFU] is a recurring event that presents the finest independent films from around the globe. It serves as a launching pad for both emerging and established filmmakers, enabling them to exhibit their work to a diverse audience. Every quarter, BIFU highlights the power of cinema to educate, entertain, and inspire, making it a genuine tribute to the art of filmmaking.

The mission of BIFU is to promote and celebrate independent cinema and to provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work. BIFU aims to showcase films that challenge and inspire, that push boundaries and provoke thought. BIFU is committed to supporting diversity and inclusivity in filmmaking, and to encouraging the development of new talent in the industry.

The festival features a wide range of films, including but not limited to feature-length and short films, documentaries, and experimental works. It also includes a varied range of submission categories for screenplays.


BIFU welcomes submissions from filmmakers around the world. Submissions can be made via the festival's website, and submission portals such as FilmFreeway and Festhome, and must include a completed submission form, a screener of the film, a .PDF file when it is a screenplay, and any relevant supporting materials. The festival accepts both films and screenplays in all genres, including drama, comedy, horror, romance, social causes, and documentary.

BIFU offers a range of awards, including but not limited to Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. 

The festival also offers awards for technical achievements such as Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, etc. 

Screenplays are awarded on the basis of genres and technical parameters.

BIFU is run by a dedicated team of industry professionals, who work tirelessly to ensure the success of the festival. The festival director oversees the overall program, while the programming team selects the films that will be screened. The marketing team is responsible for promoting the festival and attracting audiences, while the events team organizes the program of talks and workshops. The technical team ensures that the screenings run smoothly, while the volunteers provide essential support throughout the festival and generate educational content and academic resources.

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