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 Gold Coast Film Festival Announce Winners In Online Ceremony

The Gold Coast Film Festival last night awarded $20,000 in cash and prizes to filmmakers across 17 awards at its Screen Industry Gala Awards, which was shifted online due to the global pandemic.

Documentaries were the big winners in the live-stream ceremony with SLIM & I, Kriv Stenders’ documentary on Joy McKean taking out the PKF Best Australian Film Award and indie documentary MORGANA, co-directed by Josie Hess and Isabel Peppard taking out the Blackmagic Design Best Australian Independent Film Award.

Post-production house,The Post Lounge won the inaugural Queensland Screen Business of the Year Award and special FX Makeup and Prosthetics specialist Jason Baird was awarded Gold Coast Screen Professional of the Year.

In partnership with Surfers Paradise Alliance, $8000 in cash prizes were awarded for national short film competition SIPFEST: Shorts in Paradise.

Yulubidyi – Until The End by WA’s Nathan Mewett & Curtis Taylor took out the top prize of Best Film, winning $3000, with Brisbane’s Pearce Hoskinson taking the $1000 Runner Up Best Film prize and $1000 Best Screenplay prize for Desert Island Secret Santa.

Following a four-day online screening window for SIPFEST and over 800 votes, the $1000 People’s Choice Award went to TJ Power for his film The Bus To Birra Birra.

Hannah and Eliza Reilly’sShelias took home Best Australian Webseries and $500 thanks to Bond University and the festival’s showcase of Queensland student shorts, EMERGE! awarded $250 thanks to HOTA – Home of the Arts to winner and Griffith University student, Narissa Amies for Not So Grim.

The Queensland Screenwriting Prize, with thanks to the Heaton Group, awarded winner Stephen Lance $5000 and Tim Sayer $500 in second place with Noah Southam and Dustin Schmidt tying for third with $250 each.

The awards night shifted to an online event, following the festival’s cancellation four weeks ago due to the global pandemic.

The online event announced 17 winners across 8 categories and was watched by nominees and audiences across the world, with winners sharing in $20,000 worth of cash and prizes thanks to prize sponsors HOTA – Home of the Arts, PKF Accounting and Business Advisors, Blackmagic Design, Burleigh Brewing Co., The Heaton Group and Surfers Paradise Alliance.

“While the screen industry is in a tough time right now, we were pleased to be able to bring everyone together to celebrate the films, scripts and achievements of the award winners,” said Lucy Fisher, CEO/Festival Director Gold Coast Film Festival.

The18th annual Gold Coast Film Festival program was due to feature four world, nine Australian and 11 Queensland premieres and just over 300 films, panels, events across 14 Gold Coast locationsfrom April 15-26.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland state government through Screen Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast.



Blackmagic Design Best Australian Independent Film Award

Sponsor:  Blackmagic Design

Prize:Blackmagic Design product (Pocket Cinema Camera 6K worth AU$4,065)

Winner:Morgana –  Isabel Peppard & Josie Hess


PKF Best Australian Film Award 

Sponsor:PKF Accounting and Business Advisors

Winner: Slim & I   – Kriv Stenders



SIPFest Short Film Festival presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance

Sponsor:Surfers Paradise Alliance


Best International Film $500 – Back to Graceland – Sakari Sankkinen

Best Australian Film $3000 – Yulubidyi – Until The End – Nathan Mewett, Curtis Taylor

Runner up Best Australian Film $1000 – Desert Island Secret Santa – Pearce Hoskinson

Best Actor $500 – Bronte Pearce –Desert Island Secret Santa

Best Screenplay $1000 – Desert Island Secret Santa – Pearce Hoskinson

Best Film from a Gold Coast Resident $1000 – Eye for an Eye – Elizabeth Cullen 

People’s Choice Award  $1000 – The Bus to Birra Birra – TJ Power



Webseries Awards with thanks to Bond University

Sponsor:Bond University


Best International Webseries-  Man of Joy –  Jordan Kenneth Kamp, Rob Johnson

Best Australian Webseries  – $500  – Sheilas – Eliza Reilly, Hannah Reilly



Queensland Screenwriting Award, thanks to The Heaton Group

Sponsor:  The Heaton Group

Prize:$5000 for winner, $500 for second prize, $500 for third prize


1st($5000): The Secret Lives of Dresses – Stephen Lance (script written by Stephen Lance and Megan Simpson Huberman)

2nd($500) Olivia’s Song – Tim Sayer

3rd($250 each – tie): How To Kill A Genre – Noah Southamand The Lost Girls – Dustin Schmidt


Queensland Screen Business of the Year Award

Winner:The Post Lounge


Gold Coast Screen Professional of the Year

Sponsor:Burleigh Brewing Co.

Prize:Burleigh Brewing Co.beer, Backstage double pass and 4 VIP Burleigh Cinema tickets (valued at $400)

Winner:Jason Baird

EMERGE Best Student Short Film

Sponsor:HOTA – Home of the Arts  

Awards/Prizes:Best Student Film $250

Winner: NOT SO GRIM – Narissa Amies – Griffith University

For more information visit www.gcfilmfestival.com





The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by its major partners Screen Queensland, City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland and HOTA – Home of the Arts. Event Cinemas/BCC Coolangatta, QT Gold Coast, Bond University and Surfers Paradise Alliance are event partners of the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival. The festival is also supported by gold partners PKF, Movie World, Blue Shadow Group and The Edit Suite.



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