April is a pretty spectacular time to come to the Gold Coast.  While the southern states begin to shiver, the Gold Coast is still basking in glorious warmth – perfect to enjoy an outdoor screening or head to the beach after a cinema session.

From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast. Theme parks, world-renowned beaches and year-round sunshine are just a few of the reasons 10.5 million visitors flock to the Gold Coast each year.

Gold Coast Film Festival runs from Wednesday 19th April – Sunday 30th April 2017

We’re lucky enough to have two long weekends to take advantage of during the Gold Coast Film Festival in 2017. ANZAC Day is Tuesday 25th April and Monday 1st May (day after closing night) is May Day public holiday.

Head to the Visit Gold Coast website for everything you’ll need to plan your trip to the Gold Coast.



There is truly every type of accommodation option available on the Gold Coast – hostel, apartment, motel, hotel or Airbnb.  You can stay beachside or in the stunning hinterland.

The hub and main venue for the Gold Coast Film Festival is the Arts Centre Gold Coast, which is a five-minute drive from Surfers Paradise.  Or it’s a 20 minute kayak away, if you’re brave.

We highly recommend QT Hotel Gold Coast, located in Surfers Paradise, if you are looking for a little film festival getaway.   Because they are awesome, QT Gold Coast even have a special deal for film festival attendees. Check out more here.



There are planes, trains and automobiles. And buses and trams.   You could also consider using Uber or hiring a car.

If you are staying at QT Gold Coast – lucky you! – they can loan you bikes.  It’s a 12 minute bike ride to the Arts Centre. 

Use the journey planner at Translink to plan your trip by public transport to any of our screening locations across the Gold Coast.



Surely you don’t need more than films?  There are two other major festivals on during Gold Coast Film Festival 2017:

Supanova Pop Culture Expo runs Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April at the Gold Coast Convention Centre

Surfers Paradise LIVE! Music festival runs Thursday 27 April – Sunday 30 April.

Check out the Visit Gold Coast or for all the latest entertainment news, cultural events and gig guides head to Blank GC.