Author: Sam Navin

Change of focus for film festival

This year, a new initiative called the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) will take over the Brisbane International Film festival (BIFF), that was run by the Queensland government through the Screen Queensland for over 22 years. Screen Queensland has agreed to support Brisbane Marketing in its endeavors to start marketing a new film festival called BAPFF, which will be run in conjunction with the APSA to showcase the best of APSA and the best of Asia-Pacific filmmakers and culture. The eight year old Asia-Pacific Screen Awards, which is readily acknowledged as the highest accolade for films in the...

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First-ever Indian Film Festival opens in Brisbane

The first ever Indian international Film Festival of Queensland was inaugurated today afternoon at QUT, with Councilor Andrew Wines, Deputy Chairman of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee, cutting the elegantly decorated cake  amidst a gathering of delegates and Indian movie enthusiasts. The five day festival is being organized by the Queensland University (QUT) in collaboration with the Queensland government and the Brisbane City Council. Representing the Brisbane city council and the Queensland government, Councilor Andrew Wines highlighted the council’s commitment to film and India. “The Indian International film festival of Queensland is important to strengthen the economic bonds between India...

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Brisbane rallies for refugees

Hundreds of angry Australians protested against the Abbot regime today, demanding justice for Reza Berati, a 24 year-old Kurdish refugee who was murdered at Australia’s Manus island detention centre. On February 17, the guards of the security company, G4S, at Manus island, backed up by the PNG police, unleashed a murderous rampage against the detainees with sticks and machetes murdering Riza Berati and injuring 77 other asylum seekers. As a part of the world refugee day, refugee rights groups rallied against the government at the King George Square, stipulating respect for refugee rights and the immediate closure of the...

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