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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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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, it will be part of our publicity efforts and where you, your cast and crew will be valued guests of the festival.

In 2017, we’ll be awarding our first FilmInk Best Australian Indie Film Award.


We only accept submissions digitally through FilmFreeway, not on physical media (DVD/hard drive).

Even if you don’t have a film to submit to Gold Coast Film Festival this year, attending the festival is a fantastic way to acquire valuable experience and knowledge, meet collaborators, learn from experts and get inspired!  Our REELLIFE seminars and panels present varied topics and are intimate to ensure you get a chance to chat with the speakers.

 But don’t take it from us, this is what some of our 2016 filmmakers guests had to say:

“The Gold Coast Film Festival is welcoming and totally unpretentious – a great Australian film festival”  – Reg Cribb, writer, LAST CAB TO DARWIN

“It was a fantastic experience to have our film, Girl Asleep, included in The Gold Coast Film Festival. Having created the work in one part of Australia, it is of great value to then see the resonance the film has with a new audience across the country. The festival champions films that will not necessarily be released on the commercial circuit and it is critical in nurturing new voices, form and experimentation which in turn ensures the evolution of Australian film. Lucy’s wonderful work in convening panels around the ideas of adaptation and the process of making the film ensures deep dialogue about the process of filmmaking.” – Rosemary Myers, director GIRL ASLEEP 

“Great films, special guest seminars, retrospectives and parties! Gold Coast Film Festival is the number one genre event in Australia and you need to pay attention to what’s being discovered here.”-  Joseph Sims-Dennett, writer/director OBSERVANCE



Deadline for submissions is 18 February 2017. Head to FilmFreeway!

Find more information about SIPFest submissions here.