GCFF - Bringing Films To Life - April 20 - May 1 2022 GCFF - Bringing Films To Life - April 20 - May 1 2022


We’re proud to be the Gold Coast’s flagship film event, promoting the city as a major Australian filmmaking destination and supporting the development of the local screen industry.

Our industry program is a highlight of the festival and draws screen practitioners from across Australia to the sunny Gold Coast.

As Australia’s top holiday destination, the Gold Coast Film Festival is unique in combining work and play. Smash out your business and networking needs during the day with industry panels, networking and events just 10 minutes from the beach, then at night enjoy the special events on offer in one of our incredible outdoor cinema locations.

From outdoor screenings on a rooftop movie nights in a brewery, popup cinemas in the sky and poolside flicks at QT Gold Coast, Gold Coast Film Festival truly is a destination film festival like no other. 

We invite the screen industry from across Australia to join us at the Gold Coast Film Festival! Immerse yourself in industry panels, screen industry event, networking opportunities, gala dinners and filmmaker Q&As.

We make your trip as easy as possible with hints for planning your trip and an exclusive discount code to stay at our partner hotel QT Gold Coast.

The industry program is split across two weekends, with film premieres, traditional filmmaking topics and our gala awards evening on the first weekend, and indie filmmaking and new content the topic for the second festival weekend. 

Stay for a night or stay for a week and explore Queensland’s biggest film festival. Book your trip to the Gold Coast Film Festival, 14-25 April 2021.



Pitch in Paradise is Queensland’s new market event for narrative film and TV projects. The two day event is a pitching and one-to-one meeting opportunity bringing together screenwriters, producers, production companies, broadcasters and financiers. In partnership with Queensland Writers Centre, the event also includes the book-to-screen pitching event ADAPTABLE.

Pitch sessions are accessible only by invite or selection, but Panel sessions are open to all by registration. All events are at HOTA, unless indicated. 

Can’t make it in person? Pitch In Paradise panels are available to view online by booking a digital pass. 

Thursday 15 April

9.30am-12.30pm: ADAPTABLE One-on-one Pitch Meetings (by invitation only)
12pm-2.10pm: Screening – The Dressmaker
12.30pm-1.15pm: Lunch Break
1.15pm-2.15pm: Panel – Meet the Production Companies
2.30pm-3.30pm: Panel – Case Study of an Adaptation
2.30pm-4.30pm: One-on-one Pitch Meetings (by invitation only)
3.30pm-5.30pm: Networking drinks at HOTA Lawn Bar
6.30pm-10.30pm: Screen Industry Gala Awards at Movie World

Friday 16 April
9am-11am: One-on-one Pitch Meetings (by invitation only)
11am-12pm: Panel – Meet the Buyers
12.30pm-3.30pm: Women in Film Lunch at QT Gold Coast



Gold Coast Film Festival REELLIFE 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 REELLIFE session that will broaden your knowledge, answer your questions, develop your skills or make valuable connections.

All panels take place at HOTA and are free for in-person attendance.

Can’t make it in person? REELLife panels are available to view online by booking a digital pass. 


QT Gold Coast is the official hotel partner of the Gold Coast Film Festival. Exclusive to GCFF guests, use the promo code GCFF21 to receive 20% off. 

Celebrating eclectic design and bold entertainment, QT Gold Coast offers guests an intriguing yet relaxing beachside experience. Standing tall just back from the golden sands of Australia’s most spectacular coastline, this contemporary resort sets a new standard in designer accommodation in Surfers Paradise. Blending nostalgic surfer chic and Miami catwalk cool, QT Gold Coast is deliberately intended to satisfy appetites, inspire conversation and arrest the senses.


We have all the tips and tricks on how to get here, where to stay and what to do on the Gold Coast! 


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