It’s time to emerge yourself in the colourful eccentricities of world cinema this month at Queensland’s first-ever film festival.

Brisbane audiences will be able to watch exciting selections of international cinema when the Queensland Film Festival kicks off next month.

Co-director of the festival John Edmond said he has been overwhelmed by community support in the lead up to the event.

“Contemporary cinema is thriving around the globe, and Queensland wants to share in it” Mr Edmond said.”We’re simply grateful to be able to showcase some of the amazing films that, at the moment, would otherwise not be screened in Brisbane.”

Edmond and co-director Huw Walmsley-Evans have programmed a series of twelve features and two shorts that demonstrate the depth and breadth of contemporary film-making.

Brisbane audiences will be the first in the country to see three of the feature films on the list and one of the short films which will be making their Aussie debutes.

Check out the festival’s line-up.

Feature Films:

The Colour of Pomegranates (Sergei Paradjanov 77m)

The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland 104m)

Eight (Peter Blackburn 81m)

Episode of the Sea (Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan and the inhabitants of Urk 63m)

The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson 130m)

Jauja (Lisandro Alonso 109m)

Jealousy (Philippe Garrel 77m)

P’tit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont 200m)

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani 102m)

Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako 96m)

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (Jessica Oreck 73m)

Short Films:

Magic Miles (Audrey Lam 16m)

Night Noon (Shambhavi Kaul 12m)

Free Events:

• The screening of The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (at IMA)

• ASE The Art and Craft of Editing panel (at New Farm Cinemas)

• In Conversation with Jason Di Ross panel (at New Farm Cinemas)

• Reconciling Film Cultures panel (at UQ Art Museum)

The festival will be taking place across three Brisbane venues: New Farm Cinemas, the Institute of Modern Art, and the University of Queensland Art Museum.

To see the full program go the QFF website.