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, a day of films and workshops for schools, will once again take place during the 2019 Festival on Wednesday 3 April at HOTA, Home of the Arts, as well as the annual Future Filmmakers day for students considering a career in film on Thursday 4 April at Bond University.

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 have been selected to screen alongside 30-minute workshops conducted by film and creative industry professionals. In 2019, YScreen will present the educational and inspirational STEM documentary Inventing Tomorrow and award-winning Brazilian animation Tito and the Birds on Wednesday 3 April at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

Study guides are available to download below, providing film content analysis for teachers and students to be used before and after the screenings.



Following several teenage students as they head to the world’s largest science fair in Los Angeles, this globe-trotting documentary is an ode to youthful ingenuity and the exciting power of science. Spanning Indonesia, Mexico, India and Hawaii, Inventing Tomorrow is about students attempting to solve the world’s environmental problems presenting an extraordinarily hopeful and inspirational perspective on the world today.

10am: Film screening

11.30am: Film Critique Workshop (30 mins)

Click here to download Inventing Tomorrow study guide. 


An unusual illness is spreading around the world, people are getting sick when they become scared. Ten-year old Tito may be the only one that can save the world from this literal epidemic of fear. This gorgeous award-winning animation from Brazil, a stunning mix of digital drawing and oil paintings, offers a potent yet lively story exploring how to overcome those who want to control us through fear.

12.30pm: Film screening

1.45pm: Workshop (30 mins)

Click here to download Tito and the Birds study guide.

Price: $9 per student for one session, $16 for both – teachers free. Bookings are now open for YScreen. To secure your place, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.


The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film will take 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 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.

Speakers and session times will be released in early 2019. 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. 

** Please note: Future Filmmakers is now booked out for 2019. If you wish to book your place,please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com to be placed on the waitlist.


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