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

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 Future Filmmakers event and more recently, our YScreen program.

YScreen is presented by:

YScreen is also supported by:



YScreen, presented by Bond University, seeks to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life.

Two films will be selected to screen alongside 30-minute workshops conducted by film and creative industry professionals. In 2019, YScreen presented the educational and inspirational STEM documentary Inventing Tomorrow and award-winning Brazilian animation Tito and the Birds.

Study guides are created to provide film content analysis for teachers and students to be used before and after the screenings.

Films and sessions times for the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival will be announced late 2019.


Session 1:

10am: Film screening

11.30am: Film Critique Workshop (30 mins)

Session 2:

12.30pm: Film screening

2pm: Workshop (30 mins)

Price: $9 per student for one session, $16 for both – teachers free. To find out more, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.


The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film took place on Thursday 4 April, 2019 at Bond University. Future Filmmakers is a free seminar day designed specifically to give Year 11 and 12 school students a taste of many aspects and jobs available in the film industry with speakers covering all aspects of the filmmaking business.

The full day event also included 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 shared stories and insights into their roles with 500 students at Bond University.

Speakers and session times for the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival will be released in early 2020. Sessions will include:

Session 1:       Meet the filmmakers

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

Session 2:       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.

Session 3:       State of the nation

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

Session 4:       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!

Session 5:       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.

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

Future Filmmakers is free to attend. 

Future Filmmakers was booked out in 2019 and 2020. If you wish to book your place or enquire about more information, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.


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