Every year, as soon as I read Gracia’s ever-wondrous tales about MIFF (the Melbourne International Film Festival), I know that BIFF (the Brisbane International Film Festival) won’t be too far away … It’s about the same time that I start to get really excited at the prospect of seeing some fresh, shiny new movies.
Last year I finally made it along to my first BIFF for an interesting mix of movies and documentaries … and after carefully studying the program, this year is looking like it will offer a repeat performance.
One of the main challenges when confronted with a film festival program is trying to balance all the films you want to see. You’ll always find that some sessions overlap, or coincide with other important life events … and so sacrifices will need to be made. But I kind of think those difficult selection decisions sometimes add to the fun! (I mean, it just wouldn’t be the same if I could go to absolutely everything!).
My first cut of the 2010 BIFF program resulted in a short list of 10 movies I wanted to see … and from there, after taking into account various practicalities like going to work and finding time to sleep, I think I’ve whittled that initial list down to a total of 6 movies. I’ll let you know what I end up seeing a bit later on … as I may just change my mind yet again before I book my tickets!
Are you a lover of film festivals too? Or maybe you’re more of a movie monogamist (committing to seeing just one film at any one time?)