GCFF - Bringing films to life - 17-29 April 2018 GCFF - Bringing films to life - 17-29 April 2018


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.

The Gold Coast Film Festival 2019 will run from Wednesday 3 – Sunday 14 April across the Gold Coast. 

With over 100 films, panels, outdoor screenings, parties, premieres, networking opportunities, and special events, we have a little something for every one to enjoy.

Start planning your trip now! Head to the Destination Gold Coast website or Queensland.com for everything you need to plan your trip to the Gold Coast.

Check out our tips below on where to stay, what to do and how to get around on 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 HOTA, Home of the Arts, 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. QT Gold Coast have you covered with ocean-view rooms, bars, restaurants, swimming pool and even an epic seafood buffet.


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

By car:

Hire cars are easy to pick up from Gold Coast or Brisbane airport, with all the usual car hire companies available. Gold Coast airport is only 30 minutes by car to Surfers Paradise, and Brisbane Airport is approximately 80 minutes. 

Uber is also a popular method of transport on the Gold Coast and can be great for getting from the airport or to our different venues. 

Our main hub HOTA, Home of the Arts is only 5 minutes from Surfers Paradise by car or Uber and has free 4 hour parking. If you are staying at QT Gold Coast – lucky you! – they can loan you bikes. It’s a 12 minute bike ride to HOTA.

By public transport:

The Gold Coast has heaps of transport options to get you to any of our screening venues. Getting around Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach is easy with the G:Link Gold Coast Light Rail, or jump on the bus to head further south to Coolangatta. 

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

By air:

Gold Coast Airport is the closest airport to all our venues and is only 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise. To get to Surfers Paradise from the airport, jump on the SkyBus which drops passengers at over 400 hotels on the Gold Coast (including QT Gold Coast).

If arriving into Brisbane Airport, jump on the train to the Gold Coast and hop out at Helensvale Station (approximately 1 hr 30 mins) to change to the tram into Surfers Paradise (approximately 25 minutes).


The Gold Coast has so much to offer! We have everything from theme parks and attractions to our amazing beaches and pictureque hinterland.

Check out the Destination Gold Coast website for things to see and do on the Gold Coast or for all the latest entertainment news, cultural events and gig guides head to Blank GC.


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