The Gold Coast Film Festival is set to cement its growing reputation as Queensland’s destination film festival for the Australian screen industry with a 12-day blockbuster of premieres, workshops, gala ceremonies, panels and networking opportunities.
Now in its 17th year, the festival will kick off at the start of April. Expect to see 107 films – including three world and ten Australian – across a huge 13 locations.
Award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau ('That Sugar Film') will walk the red carpet for the Australian premiere of '2040', fresh from its world premiere at Berlinale.
The screening, which will be followed by a Q&A, will be the first of more than a dozen premieres across the 12 days, including the Closing Night world premiere of Australian war film 'Escape And Evasion'.
Directed by Storm Ashwood and produced by Blake Northfield, 'Escape And Evasion' was filmed in the Gold Coast’s luscious Currumbin Valley and explores the troubling effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on a lone surviving soldier.
Special guests and participants can expand their knowledge and networks in an array of high-profile events. There will be more than 40 panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&As, screen industry guild nights and a Women In Film Lunch.
Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher says that the sheer volume of industry-focused events on offer provided a great opportunity for trip to Queensland.
“The festival creates an opportunity for screen industry professionals nationwide to connect with the Queensland screen industry in one place,” she says.
“Our industry panels, workshops and guild events are a perfect excuse to come together to share ideas, encourage each other and form connections.
‘I might be a bit biased, but the Gold Coast is the perfect place in April to combine work and play at a film festival.”
There are three world premieres you can see all up... 'Maybe Tomorrow', Locusts', and 'Escape And Invasion'. The Australian premieres are 'Under The Silver Lake', '2040', 'Happy New Year Colin Burstead', 'Breaking Habits', 'Romantic Road', 'Tito And The Birds', 'Mia And The While Lion', 'The Furies', 'Waiting: The Van Duren Story', and 'Elements'.
Audiences can travel from deep inside the mind of a coma patient in 'Lucid', outer space in 'Space Dream' and the London of 1916 in 'The Unknown Patient' to journeying with the first woman shaman of an Amazonian tribe in 'Awavena', who, along with her fellow tribespeople, is using VR to share their story and shift our consciousness.
It's shaping up to be a big event. Check out the programme here.