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

Films & Events
for Schools and Students

Now in its 16th year, the Gold Coast Film Festival has been exciting and inspiring high school students for over 7 years with our Future Filmmakers event and more recently, our YScreen program.

YScreen, a day of films and workshops for schools, will take place on Monday 23rd April followed by the annual Future Filmmakers day for students considering a career in film on Thursday 26 April, 2018.

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 screened alongside 30 minute interactive screen culture workshops conducted by industry professionals on Monday 23 April, 2018.

Detailed study guides with teaching ideas for before and after the screenings are created in conjunction with Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM QLD) and are available for each film below.

Cost: $9 per school student for film screening and screen culture workshop or $16 for both sessions including access to the comprehensive guide for each film. Teachers are free.


The Gold Coast Film Festival’s YScreen program will take place again on Monday 23 April, 2018 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

School screenings are $9.00 per school student, teachers free and include access to the comprehensive study guide for each film and attendance at the film criticism session.

YScreen program:

Session 1: Jeffrey

10am: Film screening – Jeffrey

11.30am Film Criticism Workshop

Session 2: Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

12.15pm: Film screening –Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

1.55pm: Animation Workshop

Bookings via HOTA, Home of the Arts. To book, click here.



Jeffrey is a kid from the streets of Santo Domingo who dreams of becoming a reggaeton singer but in order to achieve his goals he must first overcome the tough realities of the world around him.

This intimate documentary highlighting the universality of childhood is an inspiring story of a young boy trying to overcome the hardships of life. The remarkable film follows Jeffrey from washing windows on a street corner to singing on TV morning shows.

Watch the trailer for Jeffrey here.

Download the free study guide for Jeffrey.


Living in Canada with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, Rosie is a poet, obsessed with Paris. An invitation to a poetry festival in Iran sets off a chain of events that will change Rosie’s life.

Window Horses is about identity, poetry, history and acceptance, but most of all it is about the stories we tell. Winning numerous awards at film festivals around the world this gorgeous film incorporates over a dozen different animators altering its visuals as it tells different stories and poems.

Watch the trailer for Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming here.

Download the free study guide for Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming.



The annual Future Filmmakers event for year 11 and 12 students considering a career in film will also return for 2018 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.

Future Filmmakers in 2017 was a booked out event withover 600 students from 12 Queensland and New South Wales schools in attendance! 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.

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 but is currently full for 2018. To be placed on the waitlist, please email isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.


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