Our Purpose:

The Gold Coast Film Festival’s purpose is to bring film to life in a distinctly Gold Coast way for local and visiting audiences and to help grow and support Queensland’s screen industry.


Our History:

First established in 2002, the Gold Coast Film Festival has achieved over 600% increase in attendance since 2008 while government funding has increased only incrementally.  The shift from a fantasy and sci-fi focus to a broader, international direction in 2014 delivered a strong audience increase and more positive reputation. In 2017, the festival created the city’s first film tourism product – the Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour. The festival was also named as an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival – the only Queensland festival to be included in the list of seven festivals.


What we deliver:

The Gold Coast Film Festival brings diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast, enhancing the city’s cultural reputation, driving tourism and delivering economic impact to the region.

The Gold Coast Film Festival reinforces our city’s position as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations, by promoting emerging Australian filmmakers and creating educational and professional development opportunities for film industry practitioners

Our distinctive points of difference from other film festivals in Australia are:

  • Discovery and promotion of Queensland (and Australian) independent filmmaking talent
  • One of Australia’s leading festivals in championing gender equality in the film industry
  • Strong Queensland film industry engagement and accessibility of industry guests at the festival
  • Use of uniquely Gold Coast landscapes to bring films to life in special events



The 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival attracted a record attendance of 15,309.  A quarter (25.8%) travelled to the event from outside the Gold Coast region.

The Festival attracts and develop local film professionals, with 16% of our total audience made up of film professionals working in the thriving QLD film industry and a further 10% are film students or emerging filmmakers.


Special Guests:

Each year, we bring over 100 guest speakers to the Gold Coast.

Well-known guests to the festival in the past four years include: George Takei, Dolph Lundgren, Luke Hemsworth, Deborah Mailman, Claudia Karvan, Kellan Lutz, Margaret Pomeranz, David Stratton, Isabel Lucas, Temuera Morrison, Daniel Macpherson, Grace Huang, Gracie Otto, John Jarratt, Hunter Page-Lochard.

The festival also brings high profile Australian film industry guests to the Gold Coast, helping to cement the Gold Coast’s reputation as a filmmaking hub and providing valuable learning and networking opportunities to local practitioners. A few of these guests over the past three years include Rob Cowan (San Andreas, Aquaman), Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker), Robert Connelly (Paper Planes, Balibo), Jan Chapman (The Piano, The Daughter), Matthew Saville (Please Like Me, Secret Life of Us) Simon Wincer (Free Willy, The Lighthorsemen), Kirsty Stark (Wastelander Panda, A Month of Sundays), Veronica Fury (Snake Boss, Electric Boogaloo), Trish Lake (Frackman, Gettin’ Square), Reg Cribb (Last Cab to Darwin), David White (Mad Max Fury Road), Christopher Gordon (Lego Batman Daybreakers), Jonathan M Shiff (Mako Mermaids), Brett Thornquest (Infini, Better Watch Out) Philippa Whitfield (Fashion Bloggers, Style Squad) Shane Abbess (Gabriel, Infini) and Anna Broinowski (Please Explain, Forbidden Lie$)


2018 Gold Coast Film Festival:

The 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival will run 17 – 29 April, immediately after the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and screen approximately 40 feature films, 125 shorts, host 12+ industry panels and 10+ filmmaker Q&As and bring film to life through a dozen special film events that run across the Gold Coast.