GCFF - Bringing films to life - 14-25 April 2021 GCFF - Bringing films to life - 14-25 April 2021


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, workshops and events just 10 minutes from the beach, then at night enjoy the special events on offer in one of our incredible outdoor locations.

From outdoor screenings in the lush green hinterland to sunny Surfers Paradise beach, popup cinemas in urban laneways and a floating cinema on the Broadwater, 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 one of our 25+ industry panels, screen industry guild nights, networking events, 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, highlighting traditional filmmaking topics over the first weekend of the festival and new storytelling and screen content across the second weekend.

Stay for a night or stay for a week and explore Queensland’s biggest film festival – and best (or so we’ve been told). Get planning early and book your trip to the Gold Coast Film Festival, 15-26 April, 2020. Full program announced mid-March.



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. All events are at HOTA, unless indicated.  Shuttle buses will operate between HOTA and QT Gold Coast and Movie World for events.

Tickets for special events and panel registrations will be available from March 10. 

Thursday 16 April
9.30am – 12.30pm ADAPTABLE One-to-one Pitch Meetings
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 2.15pm Panel: Meet the Production Companies (open)
2.30pm – 3.30pm Panel: Case Study of an Adaptation (open)
2.30pm – 4.30pm One-to-one Pitch Meetings
3.30pm – 5.30pm Networking drinks at HOTA Lawn Bar
6.30pm – 10.30pm Screen Industry Gala Awards (Movie World) (open)

Friday 17 April 
9.00am – 11.00am One-to-one Pitch Meetings
11.00am – 12.00pm Panel: Meet the Broadcasters (open)
12.30pm – 3.30pm Women In Film Lunch at QT Gold Coast (open) (Tickets available here)


QT Gold Coast is the official hotel partner of the Gold Coast Film Festival. Exclusive to GCFF guests, use the promo code GCFF20 to receive 20% off the best room rate available. 

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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Your ticket will be emailed after the program announcement on March 10.