The Gold Coast will host film enthusiasts, filmmakers and families from across Australia to celebrate the burgeoning Queensland film industry at the 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF).
Over 100 film and film-related events will be showcased over the 13-day festival in an action-packed program running from Tuesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 29.
The highly-anticipated film festival cements the Gold Coast as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations by promoting emerging Australian filmmakers and providing a platform for educational and professional development of film industry practitioners.
With some of the world’s biggest blockbusters filmed in recent years on the Gold Coast including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Aquaman, Thor: Ragnorak, Kong: Skull Island and more recently Swinging Safari, the city is proving to be the location of choice for filmmakers the world over.
The Gold Coast Film Festival will officially open on Tuesday, April 17 with an extravagant red-carpet gala event kicking off an action-packed program catering to film enthusiasts, aspiring filmmakers and families alike.
The Festival will premiere screenings of some of the latest feature films from around the world, boasting a combination of Australian indie gems, European dramas, fascinating features, engaging documentaries and intriguing American arthouse films.
Short films will also have their time in the spotlight with Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest) making a return to this year’s program.
The famous event will transform iconic Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant outdoor cinema on Sunday, April 22 to screen a series of 10-minute cinematic masterpieces created by emerging filmmakers from around the country.
Queensland Showcase: Emerge! champions short films created by graduating film students throughout Queensland, screening the completed projects to a public audience on Monday, April 23.
Avid film buffs will love the Movie and Music Trivia Night where they can put their film knowledge to the test, while the filmmakers of tomorrow will enjoy Future Filmmakers; a free seminar for Year 11 and 12 students presented by Bond University.
The celebration of Queensland film will continue with the fourth annual Women in Film Luncheon, free family movies around the Gold Coast and the popular Movie Locations Tour, which is returning for a second year.
The exciting first-of-its-kind tour in Australia will take a new route in 2018, visiting the Gold Coast’s blockbuster film locations accompanied by exclusive footage and screen industry interviews during a three-hour bus journey.
The prestigious Chauvel Award on Saturday, April 21 will mark a significant night of the Gold Coast Film Festival.
Hosted by Australian film critic and TV personality David Stratton, the industry award honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Australian screen industry, with the 2017 award presented to acclaimed Australian actor Deborah Mailman.
The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by major government partners Screen Queensland, City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland.