Without going into details as to whom to apportion blame [Telstra or NBN Corporation] the BIFB office has been without telephone, internet or email for the past 3 weeks. We have a work around, and now can access internet and email, but voice communication is still not working. If you need to speak to a real person you can call former Creative Director Jeff Moorfoot [still on part time watch] on 03 5348 5703 or Board Secretary Vanessa Brady on 0412 942 317. Regular avenues of communication will be reinstated soon [we hope!]


The Board of Ballarat International Foto Biennale is pleased to announce that BIFB will continue in 2017 with a new Creative Director.

At the end of BIFB 2015, founder and Creative Director, Jeff Moorfoot stepped down after many years of service to the festival. In the months since, the board has been working tirelessly to review the next steps for BIFB, which has gained over the past ten years an international reputation, as well as being of national significance.

The Board is looking forward to presenting Ballarat with an exciting and revitalised festival in 2017 with new programs alongside the existing format.

The Board is currently reviewing the Expressions of Interest for the new Creative Director position and expects to have an announcement in the weeks ahead.

BIFB Chair Phil Harrington says: “BIFB has evolved to be a pre-eminent event on the list of numerous cultural activities on the Ballarat calendar. The Board has great enthusiasm and confidence that the next phase in the history of BIFB will take it to an event higher level and bring greater opportunities for the community to engage with the very best of photographic arts from around the globe.”

BIFB is supported by the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism, who recognise the important role the festival plays in its contribution to building the social fabric of Ballarat, the opportunities it provides for community involvement in the arts, and its huge economic impact for Ballarat. Creative Victoria is also a major sponsor of BIFB.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
August 19 – September 17 2017

For more information: Fiona Brook at Zilla & Brook Publicity: 0407 900 840 / 03 9690-7000


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is a month-long festival of contemporary Australian and international photography.

Held every two years in the beautiful and historic city of Ballarat, the BIFB presents two major exhibition programs. The BIFB Core Program is a curated exhibition of 20 leading photographic artists, while the BIFB Fringe Program is an open-entry presentation by more than 200 artists. Our exhibitions are staged in more than 80 venues across Ballarat, including historic buildings, cafes, galleries, and public spaces.

The BIFB continues to grow,  contributing over $1.4m to the local community. So far, over 150,000 photography lovers have attended our exhibitions, workshops and events.

Exhibitions are complemented by an extensive program for photographers of all levels. This includes an integrated program of workshops, seminars, audio-visual projections, master classes, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and photographic competitions.


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a not-for-profit incorporated association, run primarily by a group of volunteers, with a collective enthusiasm and vision about the future direction of Australian photography and photographers, and the place they take on the world stage.


We aim to educate, inspire, provoke and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.

Our goal is to promote photography in all its forms both through the staging of a biennial festival in Ballarat along with a range of other initiatives which profile photography to the broadest possible audience.