BIFF boosts auds 12% in 8th edition

Ellis receives Chauvel Award from Brisbane Fest

BRISBANE — The eighth Brisbane Intl. Film Festival wrapped Sunday with a 12% hike in attendance, 26,000, at the 12-day event.

The most popular films, as voted by audiences, were “Sadness,” Tony Ayres’ Australian documentary on photographer William Yang; the Thupton Tsering-penned, American-produced Tibetan drama “Windhorse”; Majid Majidi’s Iranian drama “Children of Heaven”; Chris Eyre’s Native American comedy-drama “Smoke Signals”; and Annie Goldson’s docu on East Timor, “Punitive Damage.”

Full houses

Davida Allen’s Aussie comedy “Feeling Sexy,” Tom Tykwer’s German thriller “Run Lola Run” and Ken Loach’s Brit drama “My Name Is Joe” scored the highest attendances.

Daily Variety film critic David Stratton presented writer Bob Ellis (“The Nostradamus Kid”) with BIFF’s Chauvel Award for contributions to filmmaking.

Elsewhere, the recently wrapped 18-day Melbourne Film Fest recorded a 14% jump in attendance to more than 100,000.

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