If you’re a fan of Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals then you’ll want to clear your calendar because the Coast’s annual flick fest is once again upon us.
Kicking off Wednesday 3 April, the Gold Coast Film Festival is back for its 17th year and will welcome film lovers, aspiring filmmakers and its stars to our sandy shores.
The 12-day festival has a jam-packed program featuring more than 100 film and film-related events which aim to entertain, educate and provide a platform for emerging Australian filmmakers to showcase their talent and trust us, there's a lot of it.
One of our favourite is the popular Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest). The event will return to the 2019 program on Saturday, 6 April with 14 finalist short films set to be screened with Surfers Paradise beach as the backdrop.
There’s also the Gold Coast Superhero Weekend (formally QPOW) film screening, taking place in Broadbeach Friday, 12 April and Saturday, 13 April. While down south in Coolangatta expect beachside movies under the stars on Friday, 5 April.
This year’s event will also host some seriously cool events. Our favourites are the Women in Film lunch at the QT, the Movie and Music Trivia Night, and Blind Cinema. Curious? In the darkness of a cinema space, you'll sit blindfolded while a group of kids whisper what's happening in the film, accompanied by a soundtrack. It sounds like just the right amount of kooky to us.
With some of the biggest International blockbusters filmed right here on the Coast in recent years, the festival further cements our backyard as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations.
And if you consider yourself a film buff, submissions are now open for feature film scripts from local screen writers. The winning script will be awarded a cool $5,000 and will participate in a live script read at the festival.
To stay up to date with the all the awesome films and events, head here to read the full program.
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