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


SIPFest: Short films on Surfers Paradise beach

SIPFest, otherwise known as the Shorts in Paradise Festival, is the annual short film festival with $8000 in cash prizes and an unbeatable beach cinema location!

SIPFest transforms Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema, delivering a unique outdoor film experience like no other in Australia. With sand below and stars above, the crowd enjoys 14 finalist short films.

From drama to comedy (and everything in-between) short films of a (guide) classification ‘M’ or below will be judged by a panel of industry experts and awarded $8,000 in prizes. The audience can also cast their vote on the night for the people’s choice award.

Submissions for short films to compete at SIPFest will open in October. If you have a short film under 15 minutes produced in the last two years, enter it into SIPFest 2020 – part of the Gold Coast Film Festival.


SIPFEST Prize Categories:

  • Best Australian Film: $3000
  • Runner up Best Australian Film: $1000
  • Best International Film: $500
  • People’s Choice: $1000
  • Best Film by a Gold Coast resident: $500
  • Best Film showcasing Surfers Paradise: $500
  • Best Screenplay: $1000
  • Best Actor (male or female): $500
Proudly presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance.

“It was my first year in attending the festival and I really enjoyed the evening and seeing my film on the big screen on the beach at Gold Coast. Wonderful atmosphere and I encourage other filmmakers to submit for this festival!” Krystle Wright

Director, A RESTLESS PEACE (Runner Up Best Film – SIPFest 2018)

“SIPFEST is an amazing short film festival and I highly recommend it to filmmakers everywhere! The entry process was so simple and easy to navigate and the team at SIPFEST were wonderfully supportive and made the entire process fun and stress-free. The cast and crew of überRICH had an awesome time at SIPFEST. It was great to mingle with fellow creatives and passionate filmmakers. It was such a treat to share our short film with a great audience and what a way to do it – on the beach of Surfers Paradise under the stars! Thank you SIPFEST for having us! It was an incredible honour and such a privilege to be able to showcase our film on the Gold Coast at your amazing film festival! SIPFEST has truly been one of the best film festivals we’ve had the privilege of being a part of.”    Christine Milo

Writer/Director, UBERRICH (People’s Choice and Best Gold Coast Film – SIPFest 2017)


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