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

Films & Events
for Schools and Students

The Gold Coast Film Festival has been exciting and inspiring high school students for over 8 years with our YScreen schools program of educational screenings, workshops and seminars.


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The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film will take place on Thursday 23 April, 2020 at Bond University. Future Filmmakers is a free seminar day designed specifically to give Year 11 and 12 school students a taste of the many aspects of and jobs available in the film industry with speakers covering all aspects of the filmmaking business.

The full day event also includes a guided tour through the Bond University Film & Television studios and Equipment Loan Store, which boasts a large range of professional industry standard equipment and technology.

First-time filmmakers, experienced directors, set designers, crew coordinators, location scouts and Queensland’s major film industry body Screen Queensland will share stories and insights into their roles with students at Bond University.

The full lineup of speakers will be released in early 2020. Sessions will include:

Meet the filmmakers

Hear from film directors and producers about what they do and how they got to where they are today

Off Screen

If you love film, but don’t want to work on set, what roles are there?  We talk film industry professionals who don’t work on set.

State of the nation

Queensland’s major film industry body, Screen Queensland talks about about the future of film.

Opportunity knocks   

Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is THE short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Year 11 and 12 across Australia.  Running since 1996 and offering a grand prize of a full fee paid scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University, the competition is now one of the richest competitions in the Southern Hemisphere!

Unsung Heroes

Everyone knows what a director or producer is, but what about the hidden heroes whose tireless efforts make films possible? We talk to some of Australia’s leading crew members about the importance of their roles on productions big and small – and how you can fit in.


Two interactive workshops centred around two main topics – pre-production and production led by industry facilitators (topics and facilitators released in early 2020).

Bond University Facilities Tour – Tour of Bond University Film and TV facilities

Future Filmmakers is free to attend. Future Filmmakers runs from 9am-2.30pm on Thursday 23 April at Bond University. 

Bookings are now open for 2020. Future Filmmakers was fully booked in 2018 and 2019, so get in early to reserve your school’s place. If you wish to book your place or enquire about more information, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.



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