Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), evolved from the 22-year Brisbane International Film Festival, and is in its third year as a prestigious film festival in Australia showcasing the creative and cultural breadth of cinematic works from the vast Asia Pacific region. The Festival program celebrates cinematic excellence and champions distinctive voices; it is also the programming team’s mission to honour films that reflect the best of their cultural origins.

In it's second year (2015) the BAPFF programme consists of more than 100 features films, documentaries, shorts and Virtual Reality works. Launching Australian and Queensland premieres of films such as The Assassin, Cemetery of Splendour, Mountains May Depart, Our Little Sister, Right Now, Wrong Then, Under Electric Clouds, Spear, The Idol, Mustang and Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled, Preoccupied, Preposterous.

The Festival is officially associated with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), a unique international collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations, that celebrates the best in Asia Pacific cinema. BAPFF provides a rare chance to experience a selection of the APSA nominated films each year.

Home to 4.5 billion people across 70 countries and areas, the Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region for film production in the world, responsible for approximately 50 per cent of new cinema. The Asia Pacific stretches across a vast and varied part of the globe, extending from Egypt in the west to the Cook Islands in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. Cinema provides a fascinating window into the lives and cultures of our region.

BAPFF is an initiative of Brisbane City Council delivered by Brisbane Marketing, supported by Founding Sponsor Screen Queensland and presented by Treasury Casino and Hotel.


1. Eligible Films
Submissions are only open to Queensland feature films that meet the following criteria:
- The project is either filmed or post produced in Queensland
- The project has at least one key creative (writer, director, producer) based in
- The production team and crew are largely defined as Queensland residents

The festival will not accept films that have:
• previously screened in any format or duration in Queensland
• been broadcast online or on Australian television except under special circumstances

In general, films must have been completed after 1 August 2015.

2. Categories
A film is considered a feature if it is 60 minutes or more in length.

3. Deadlines and Entry Fees
Entry fees are as follows and all prices include GST
Standard Deadline
Entries submitted from 6 June to 15 July

Submission Fee: AUD $60.00 (equivalent of $44 USD)
Screener (Link or DVD) must be received by
17th July 2016

4. Preview Copy
A preview copy of your film must be submitted for selection purposes. BAPFF accepts the following format for preview copy:
• DVD (Region Free)
• Secure online link. MUST be password protected with no time restrictions. Expired links will not be considered
Each preview copy must be submitted through FilmFreeway and have paid the appropriate entry fee.
Please do not include publicity materials with your preview copy.
Preview copies will not be returned.

5. Screening Format
If your film is accepted for screening at the festival, you must be prepared to supply a 35mm or DCP copy for screening.
BAPFF accepts the following screening format:
• 35 mm
We cannot screen from DVD, Blu-ray, HDCam, HDcamSR, or any other format that is not listed here.
For 35mm film prints, we screen 24fps in aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.85, or 2.35. We accept sound formats of mono, stereo, Dolby SR and Dolby SRD (Dolby Digital). We do not accept PsF. If your video image is other than the native 16:9 you must have it pillarboxed or letterboxed during the lab transfer for it to be screened without any image distortion.
DCPs must be DCI compliant, however content does not need to be encrypted. If content is locked, keys must be open for a testing period specified by the festival, and Blu-Ray backup copy must be provided in addition.

6. Submission
Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted/considered.
Films submitted without payment will not be considered.
All deadlines are postmarked.
All preview copies must be received by the BAPFF office by 17 July 2016 to be considered. Any copies received later than that date will not be considered.

7. Late Entries
Late entries will only be considered under exceptional circumstances and only on advice of the Festival Director.

8. Submission Address
By mail:
Attn: Kiki Fung
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival
PO Box 12260, George Street
Brisbane QLD 4003

By courier:
Attn: Kiki Fung
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival
Level 8, Roy Harvey House, 157 Ann Street,
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

9. Fee Waivers
Unfortunately, BAPFF is not able to waive the entry fee.

10. Selection
Selected films will be invited by official invitation. The festival will consider submitted entries and if accepted for screening at the festival, the entrant will be advised in writing.
BAPFF’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered in to.
BAPFF does not provide feedback.

11. Number of Screenings
It is festival policy to schedule feature films on no more than three occasions.

12. Subtitles
Entries produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

13. Publicity Material
Applicants whose films are accepted for screening at the festival are required to provide the following promotional materials for inclusion in the official festival catalogue and/or pre-publicity:
• At least two (2) copies of the film as a DVD preview screener
• At least five (5) high resolution stills from the film; images must be 300 dpi or above
• Electronic press kit
• Film posters and flyers (if available)
• Director’s biography
• A high resolution director head shot; images must be 300 dpi or above
• Copies of press reviews (if available)
• A high resolution preview trailer on digital format
The festival reserves the right to use an excerpt from the film not exceeding three minutes for promotional purposes.
The festival reserves the right to use DVD preview screeners for publicity purposes.

14. Freight
All films must be sent pre-paid. If for some extraordinary reason the producer(s) or distributor(s) are unable to supply a film under these conditions, the film may still be accepted but only if prior arrangements have been made with the Festival Director.
BAPFF will only pay the in-bound shipping and customs charges for films invited to the festival.
To ensure shipments originating outside of Australia clear customs without delay, please follow these instructions:

a) Include 3 copies of a Proforma Invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information: Sender's name, address and telephone number, Receiver's address (festival address,) Title of Film and format (e.g., 35mm) Length of film, Fair market value (standard are $50 AUS for tapes and $100 AUS for feature-length 35mm print and DCP). Please note the value must not exceed $1000 AUS in order to clear Australian customs without delay. Also include Country of manufacture, Declaration "Goods on loan for festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non-pornographic". Sender's signature
b) The proforma invoices must be included with the courier waybill.

15. Liability
Films accepted by the festival are indemnified while in our possession and in transit while being returned to the entrant or forwarded to the next destination. In the event of print loss or damage, the festival's liability shall be limited to the cost of making a new screening copy according to current laboratory rates for a standard print.

16. Consent
Entry in the festival implies consent to screening and publicity in accordance with the regulations stated above.

17. Privacy Disclaimer
The personal information you have provided to us will not be used for any reason other than that expressed in our privacy policy. Please contact BAPFF +61 7 3006 6200 or if you wish to access, remove or update personal information you have provided us.