GCFF - Bringing Films To Life - April 20 - May 1 2022 GCFF - Bringing Films To Life - April 20 - May 1 2022


Film lovers are being invited to lock in a beanbag for a spectacular rooftop screening of teen cult classic Clueless, one of a series of epic outdoor cinemas that will pop up across the Gold Coast during the 18thannual Gold Coast Film Festival.

To be held on Friday, April 17, Clueless on the Rooftopwill see audiences escorted to a secret location atop Southport’s Australia Fair where they will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Alicia Silverstone hit film under the stars with VIP seating available in MINI cars.

Clueless on the Rooftopwill be followed on Wednesday, 22 April with special all-pink screening of the most meme-able movie of the Noughties, Mean Girlsat the new event On Wednesdays We Wear Pink,at QT Gold Coast’s brand-new poolside precinct; The Spring.

Tickets for these one-off events are now on sale, along with those for much-loved pop-up cinemas at several unique venues including Burleigh Brewing’s Cinema, Surfers Paradise beach and on the Sea World Cruises boat.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said the eclectic program was designed to raise the bar when it came to “the movie experience”.

“While film lovers will embrace the chance to see their favourite movies in such unique settings, our pop-up cinemas will also prove popular with people looking for a memorable night out,” she said.

“From watching Bradley Cooper and his crazy mates in The Hangoverwhile floating on the Broadwater to reacquainting yourself with the Mean Girlspoolside at QT Gold Coast, there will be sure to be a great buzz in the air.”

Running from Wednesday, April 15 until Sunday, April 26, the 12-day Gold Coast Film Festival will feature more than 100 films, panels, parties and special events across a dozen locations from Coomera to Coolangatta.

Mayor Tom Tate said the festival had become an iconic cultural offering for the Gold Coast.

“The Gold Coast Film Festival gives movie lovers an extraordinary choice of films to enjoy in special settings while giving aspiring film makers the opportunity to be inspired by some of the best in the industry,” he said.

“Our local film industry is thriving and this festival is one way you can show your support for film makers here and around the world – so book your tickets now!”   

Floating Cinema: The Hangover will be held on Friday, 24 April on the Sea World Cruises luxe Spirit of Elston riverboat, where all onboard will cruise the Broadwater, soaking up views of the Gold Coast skyline before settling in to watch thefilm, complete with Vegas-themed cocktails, nachos and popcorn.

A screening of new surf film Self-Discovery for Social Survival, featuring some of the world’s most jaw-dropping surfing locations, will also be held at Burleigh Brewing Co on Thursday, 23 April for Burleigh Cinema: Surf Film Night.

The free annual Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest) will be back bigger than ever on Saturday, April 18, with the short film competition to showcase 14 of the best short films by Australian and international filmmakers at a vibrant and unique outdoor cinema on Surfers Paradise Beach.

Hugely popular events such as the Women in Film Lunch at QT Gold Coast, Movie and Music Triviaand Gold CoastMovie Locations Tourswill also prove a hit with guests, along with the chance to learn from Australia’s leading producers, writers and directors in intimate seminars and workshops.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $880m to the state’s economy in 2020. 

Tickets are now on sale for selected events including Clueless on the Rooftop, Floating Cinema: The Hangover, On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink, SIPFest, the Women in Film Lunch, Movie and Music Trivia Night and Gold Coast Movie Locations Tours.

The full Gold Coast Film Festival program will be announced mid March.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visitwww.gcfilmfestival.com


Gold Coast Film Festival

Date: Wednesday, April 15 until Sunday, April 26

Locations: The main festival hub for screenings, special events and industry panels isHOTA – Home of The Arts. Additional screenings and events are held at 11 locations from Coomera to Coolangatta.

Cost: Free and ticketed events

Accommodation: Visitors travelling to the Gold Coast for the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival can stay in style at partner hotel QT Gold Coast. Located just a five-minute drive from the GCFF action, QT Gold Coast is the perfect destination for an inspired stay. Special GCFF room rates available. To book online, please visit www.qthotels.com/gold-coast/and enter the promo code GCFF20 for your special rate.


The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by its major partners Screen Queensland, City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland and HOTA – Home of the Arts. Event Cinemas/BCC Coolangatta, QT Gold Coast, Bond University and Surfers Paradise Alliance are event partners of the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival. The festival is also supported by gold partners PKF, Movie World, Blue Shadow Group and The Edit Suite. 

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