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Gold Coast Film Festival


The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) celebrates and promotes all aspects of film and filmmaking from one of Australia’s pre-eminent filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – the Gold Coast. From internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems and family features, the GCFF offers a culturally diverse, interactive and engaging program of film, events and special guests. For filmmakers and students alike the festival runs a series of free seminars and workshops to educate, inspire and embrace the Gold Coast as a filmmaking destination.

Our location is one with a heritage of filmmaking, with international filmmaking introduced on the Gold Coast in the late 1980’s. Fast-forward to 2016 and major international films Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor: Rangarok have chosen the Gold Coast’s incredible locations and highly competent crew to shoot their multi-million dollar films. The GCFF is the city’s flagship film event and helps promote the city as one of Australia’s major filmmaking hubs.

The 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) ran 31st March – 12th April 2016. With 80 film and film related events in ten different Gold Coast locations, the festival entertained and inspired over 14,000 people. The 15th annual GCFF will run 19th - 30th April, 2017.



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Submissions Closing Soon!

Submissions for the Gold Coast Film Festival 2017 and SIPFest are closing soon!   Entries for the 2017 SIPFest close 18 February. Short film entries must be under 10 minutes and produced in the last two years. SIPFest winners have the opportunity to be awarded $8,000 in cash prizes. Categories and prizes include: Best Film: $3000 Runner up Best Film: $1000 People’s Choice: $1000 Best Film by a Gold Coast resident: $500 Best film showcasing Surfers Pa...

Gold Coast Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2017!

You’ve put blood, sweat, tears and money into your short or feature film, and now it’s time to build your film’s profile and find audiences. Gold Coast Film Festival has been showcasing new Australian and international filmmaking talent for 14 years. We screen films for their World Premiere, Australian Premiere or Queensland Premiere. We encourage indie filmmakers to submit as we pride ourselves on providing a festival environment where your film won’t get lost, i...