Established in 2002, The Gold Coast Film Festival celebrates and promotes all aspects of film and filmmaking from one of Australia’s pre-eminent filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – the Gold Coast.
The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival attracted a record 14,148 attendees across ten days of film screenings and events, increasing attendance by 12% on the previous year.
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 2017 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 Gold Coast Film Festival is the city’s flagship film event and enhances the reputation of the city as one of Australia’s major filmmaking hubs.
Festival Director Lucy Fisher leads the GCFF, Academy Award winner John Cox holds the position of festival patron, and our board consists of notable industry figures including Mike Selwyn (ex Managing Director – Paramount Pictures) and producer Chris Brown (The Railway Man, Daybreakers).
The GCFF is supported by the QLD State Government through Screen QLD and Tourism and Events QLD, and the City of Gold Coast.