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Gold Coast Film Festival presents a Social Media Workshop for Filmmakers 

Three hours of social media tips and tricks for filmmakers and screen practitioners

Tailor-made for filmmakers, this three-hour workshop is designed to help build your professional online profile.

Facilitated by Sam Morris, managing director of Wombat Creative and co-founder of Blank GC and GCFF’s social media expert, the workshop will cover the do’s and don’ts (but mostly do’s) of strategic communication, finding and engaging followers, getting the best bang from your social media bucks and implementing effective campaigns for your film or screen project.

Created specifically with early and mid-career screen industry professionals in mind, Sam will explore exactly how to make the most of your social media assets through an easy eight-step process and will share her five Cs for killer content. 

You’ll learn hands-on skills to unleash your inner social media extrovert and master the art of social media, as we cover:
• How to be strategic
• How to creatively engage your fans (and work out who they are in the first place)
• How to get the best bang for your social media buck
• How to be effective and efficient 

When: Monday 11th November, 10am-1pm
Where: Lounge – HOTA, Home of the Arts
COST:  Free – apply for a spot now

If you’re interested in attending, please fill out the online application form below and tell us why you’d like to attend the workshop, how this would be useful to your career right now and what you hope to get out of the workshop.  

Spots are limited to 10 Gold Coast based screen practitioners and applications close midnight Monday 28th October.  

Successful participants will be chosen by Gold Coast Film Festival based on those who would benefit the most from the workshop. Participants will be notified on Wednesday 30th October. 

Presented as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival’s year-round program, thanks to the City of Gold Coast Arts Organisations Triennial Funding Program.


About the facilitator Samantha Morris:

GCFF-Social-Media-Workshop-SamMorrisSamantha Morris is a communication and engagement specialist who has worked in the community sector for more than 20 years.

Most of her career has been spent working with conservation and land management groups on communication, fundraising and engagement strategies and she’s won several awards recognising her work in that space. She’s worked inhouse for organisations like Greening Australia and Landcare Queensland, has been Chair of Queensland Conservation Council and has even done a stint as a public servant in the Queensland Government.

For the past 12 years she’s been the Managing Director of Wombat Creative, a boutique consultancy that helps communities across Australia achieve sustainability goals through strategic fundraising, events, media, communication, facilitation, writing, social media and online strategies.

In 2013 she and a friend also launched a print magazine focused on the Gold Coast’s music and cultural scene. Blank GC has become the City’s cultural voice and has grown its readership to more than 40,000 people a month in print and another 30,000 online and has reached more than 25% of the Gold Coast population.

In 2015 she also launched the annual Gold Coast Music Awards which has engaged thousands of music lovers across the City as well as national music media. She is also a freelance writer for a range of other publications – both environmental and cultural.

Sam won a Queensland Young Australian of the Year award for her environmental work in 2001, was named one of Queensland’s Champions of Conservation in 2013 and won a Golden Gecko Award for environmental work in 2015. Her magazine, Blank Gold Coast was Magazine of the Year in the Gold Coast Media Awards 2016 and 2018.


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