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Submissions 2019

CALL FOR ENTRIES

FEATURE FILMS | SHORT FILMS | WEB SERIES

You’ve put blood, sweat, tears and money into your feature film, short film or web series, and now it’s time to build your profile and find audiences.

Submissions are now open for submissions to the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival and SIPFest Shorts In Paradise with $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs for filmmakers!

The Gold Coast Film Festival brings diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast.

In 2017, Gold Coast Film Festival became an AACTA-Award qualifying film festivals for feature films.

Our location is one with a heritage of filmmaking, with international filmmaking introduced on the Gold Coast in the late 1980’s. Fast-forward to 2018 and major international films Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor: Rangarok, Dora The Explorer and Aquaman have chosen the Gold Coast’s incredible locations and highly competent crew to shoot their multi-million dollar films.

The 17th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will run from 3-14 April, 2019 bringing 100+ films and film events to life across the Gold Coast.

FEATURE FILMS

We are now accepting submissions for Australian and international feature films. We are an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival for feature films.

In 2019, we’ll be awarding our third Blackmagic Design Best Australian Indie Film Award for best feature film. The winner will receive $10,000 in camera equipment thanks to Blackmagic Design!

We’ll also be awarding the PFK Best Australian Indie Film – Peer Award. Thanks to PKF Accountants and Business Advisors, the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize plus a DaVinco Resolve 14 Studio from Blackmagic Design!

For international filmmakers, all “Official Selection” films will be paid a screening fee.

We highly encourage entries from films with female creative leads. We deliver a program that supports equality with a commitment to having 50% women speakers across the festival, all films rated by the Bechdel Test and Australia’s first film festival childcare offering.

If you would like to speak to any filmmakers who have screened at GCFF in the past, please let us know – we’d be happy to put you in touch.

SIPFEST SHORT FILMS

 

GCFF2018 WrapSIPFest, 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.

SIPFest 2019 will run on the famous Surfers Paradise beachfront with thanks to Surfers Paradise Alliance, on Saturday 6th April 2019.

Prize categories:

$8,000 up for grabs in nine categories of SIPFEST, thanks to Surfers Paradise Alliance.

  • Best Australian Film: $3000
  • Runner up Best Australian Film: $1000
  • Best International Film: $500 (NEW PRIZE!)
  • 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

If you have an Australian short film under 15 minutes produced in the last two years, enter it into SIPFEST 2019 – part of the Gold Coast Film Festival.

To find out more about SIPFest, click here. 

 

WEB SERIES

Web Series is a new category open for submissions, open to Australian and international web series. With the growing popularity of web series being created in Australia and abroad, we’re proud to accept submissions for web series at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.

The category is open to web series produced in the last two years with at least two completed episodes not exceeding 20 minutes duration per episode. Web series with more that one season may enter each season as a separate submissions.

The Gold Coast Film Festival selection jury will select 8 series as finalists. The finalists will screen at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival as ‘Official Selection’. The winners for each category will be announced at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.

Prize categories:

Best Australian Web Series – $500 cash prize
Best International Web Series
Best Comedy

The Gold Coast Film Festival will select 8 series as finalists to screen at GCFF19 as “Official Selection”.

WHY SUBMIT TO THE GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL?

    •  AACTA-Award qualifying Film Festival for Features
    • We look after indie filmmakers and will try wherever possible to fly selected cast/crew in and accommodate you.
    • Dedicated award/prize categories for Australian features, shorts and web series
    • You can take part in professional development through relevant, useful and engaging Q&As, panels and workshops – in 2018, we offered industry panels and over 150 guest speakers, panellists or moderators
    • Opportunities to make valuable connections with Queensland, national and international industry guests
    • SIPFEST offers some great cash prizes – $8000
    • $10,000 in camera equipment for the Blackmagic Design Best Australian Indie Film
    • $1000 cash prize to the PKF Best Australian Indie Film Peer Award
    • $500 cash prize for Best Australian Web series

We highly encourage entries from films with female creative leads. We deliver a program that supports equality with a commitment to having 50% women speakers across the festival, all films rated by the Bechdel Test and Australia’s first film festival childcare offering.

If you would like to speak to any filmmakers who have screened at GCFF in the past, please let us know – we’d be happy to put you in touch.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?

We only accept submissions digitally through FilmFreeway, not on physical media (DVD/hard drive). For submission guidelines for each category, head to Film Freeway.

Even if you don’t have a film to submit to Gold Coast Film Festival this year, attending the festival is a fantastic way to acquire valuable experience and knowledge, meet collaborators, learn from experts and get inspired!  Our REELLIFE seminars and panels present varied topics and are intimate to ensure you get a chance to chat with the speakers.

But don’t take it from us, this is what some of our past filmmaker guests had to say:
“The Gold Coast Film Festival is welcoming and totally unpretentious – a great Australian film festival”    Reg Cribb

Writer, LAST CAB TO DARWIN

“Great films, special guest seminars, retrospectives and parties! Gold Coast Film Festival is the number one genre event in Australia and you need to pay attention to what’s being discovered here.” Joseph Sims-Dennett

Writer/Director, OBSERVANCE

“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)

READY TO SUBMIT?

Deadline is 6 January and Late deadline is 28 January, 2019. Head to FilmFreeway!here.

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