BAPFF Top 5 – Free events


Here are our top tips for BAPFF on a budget!

For family fun you can’t go past Australian film Oddball at South Bank Parklands on Saturday 28 November. Free activities start from 5.30pm and the movie screens at 7pm at The Courier-Mail Piazza.

Other free screenings and events to check out include:

  • Panel: Photography Vs Film: Who Tells a Better Story at Museum of Brisbane
  • Hybrid Story Worlds: Hybrid Arcade and Hybrid Masters Panel at The Cube, QUT
  • Taiwanese masterpiece A City of Sadness at QAGOMA
  • Panel: When Art Film Meets Martial Arts at State Library of Queensland.


Charming Australian feature film Oddball is a true story about an eccentric chicken farmer who trains his dog, Oddball, to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks. Bring the whole family to the Courier Mail Piazza at South Bank for this al fresco film treat.

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Photography Vs Film: Who Tells a Better Story

With soaring music, dialogue and beautiful cinematography, it might be easy to assume that if it’s a contest that film would win, hands down. But what if we learn to ‘read’ a photograph like we read a book – does a still image contain stories as varied and unique as each and every viewer? Join Museum of Brisbane Program Manager Leanne Kelly and special guests as they consider the art of storytelling through photography and film. Guests include photographer Robyn Stacey, APSA Jury Member Shawkat Amin Korki, photographer Michael Hird and APSA/BAPFF Film Director Maxine Williamson.

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Hybrid Story Worlds

Taking audiences on a journey to new visual worlds beyond the cinema, this special program presents how gaming and cinematic concepts and technologies are being merged to create hybrid experiences of fact and fiction, physical and digital, historic and fantastic. Designed to expand your mind and excite your imagination.

There is an arcade of the latest in Virtual Reality (VR) films, games and museums and a full day of presentations and talks by the masters of science, art and design from across the creative industries.

And for kids, there is a special filmmaking workshop in which you can star alongside virtual creatures. (Cost involved)

Curated by Deb Polson, Senior Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology.

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A City of Sadness

Don’t miss the free screening of A City of Sadness (Taiwan) on a 35 mm print. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s magisterial epic about the birth of modern Taiwan tells the story of post- World War II Taiwan as it returns to Chinese rule after 50 years of Japanese occupation. A testament to human resilience in the face of forces we cannot control, this is the ultimate distillation of Hou’s style.

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When Art Film Meets Martial Arts

Join film aficionado Sam Ho and BAPFF Head Programmer Kiki Fung for a free panel discussion about art and martial arts. Is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin an art flick or a martial arts film? Both? Neither? The panel discussion is followed by a screening of The Assassin and A City of Sadness at The Australian Cinèmathéque at QAGOMA.

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