Netflix is one of the best tools for passing the time, but after three weeks of iso, even Netflix lacks the breadth and diversity of films that we might like. With movie theatres closed, and music, food and drink festivals being cancelled, it seems like quality entertainment is thinning out. We, too, refuse to re-watch Kath and Kim for the 30th time.
For a lot of festivals, COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge since their inception. Instead of wasting all the time spent preparing and organising, those who can are taking their events to the interwebs. The Gold Coast Film Festival is just one of the festivals moving online in light of the coronavirus pandemic, following the cancellation of their annual 12-day festival.
The two flagship events of the Gold Coast Film Festival (SIPFest and the The Screen Industry Gala Awards) are now completely online, so get your eyeballs ready for 12 high-quality, previously unreleased Australian short films and one international film, ready for streaming exclusively via the festival website over the Easter long weekend. Where it was once a beachside festival, SIPFest can now be viewed from home, but you can still engage with the films and vote for the $1000 People’s Choice Award.
Morphing into the online space aswell is The Screen Industry Gala Awards, now opting to live-stream the award ceremony from 6.30pm on April 16, with $20,000 in cash and prizes dished out to deserving filmmakers. As for dress code, we’re thinking red carpet chic on top, pyjamas on the bottom.
What: Gold Coast Film Festival Online
When: SIPFest will run Thursday 9 April until Tuesday 14 April, and the Screen Industry Awards will take place from 6.30pm on Thursday 16 April
Where: Register to view, here and here
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