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Gold Coast Film Festival Reel Life Panels are designed for screen industry professionals and screen students to extend their knowledge and networks.

Whether you are a film or TV professional, emerging practitioner, screen student or even a film fan curious about filmmaking, you’ll find a session that will broaden your knowledge, answer your questions, develop your skills or initiate valuable connections.

All REEL LIFE panels are free to attend, however pre-registration is required.

11:00AMThe Journey of Storytelling Through DocumentaryJoin some of the GCFF officially selected documentary filmmakers as they take us through the importance of storytelling through film.
Moderator: Ian Lynch – Screen Queensland, Content Director
Lauren-Ann Smith – Local Filmmaker – Against The Tide
Jude Kalman – Local Filmmaker – Red Dust Challenge
Brenda Matthews – Local Filmmaker – The Last Daughter
12:30PMThe Other Side of the Lens…Join actor and GCFF 2023 Ambassador Lincoln Lewis and Casting Director and GCFF 2022 Gold Coast Screen Professional of the Year, Tom McSweeney as they chat about the process of the other side of the lens…acting. From auditions to on-set, the panel discusses how it happens and how to put your best foot forward.
Moderator: Sasha Close – Head of Programming – GCFF/BIFF
Lincoln Lewis – Actor – GCFF 2023 Ambassador
Tom McSweeney – Casting Agent
2:00PMThe Movie Business: How to Make it Your BusinessThe Movie Business: How To Make It Your Business
2:00pm – 3:00pm

With the GC being the destination for filmmaking in Queensland how do you get into the industry? How do you know what is the best route to take and how do you go about it? We hear from some of Queensland’s best film and TV industry professionals and what they do in the industry and their journey to getting there.

Moderator: Moneth Montemayor – Essential Screen Skills
Leigh Buchanan – Costuming/Wardrobe/Design – Elvis
Dane Cody – Sound/ Audio – Tidelands
Schuyler Weiss – Producer/ Managing Director Bazmark – Elvis
Sasha Close – Head of Programming – GCFF/BIFF
Kate Wormald – Choreography & Intimacy Coordinating – Elvis
3:30PMShow Me The MoneyShow Me The Money 
3:30pm – 4:30pm

We talk to industry professionals & filmmakers from shorts to features to documentaries on how they work with their budgets and how they fund their projects.

Moderator: Moneth Montemayor – Essential Screen Skills
Mariam Hassan Naqvi – Short film in SIPFEST – Director/Producer
Richard Jameson – Wirrim Media – Producer/Director/Writer
Mags Scholes – Head of Content – Screen Queensland
Adrian Zunga – Short Film in SIPFEST – Director/Writer
Dan Lake – Orange Entertainment – Head of Content

REEL LIFE Panels are proudly presented by the GCFF Giving Fund. Without the Giving Fund the GCFF wouldn’t be able to provide this important educational piece for the wider community to be involved in.