After a year-long hiatus, the Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is back, and set to be one to remember in 2021.
The programme features more than 100 films (including world and Australian premieres), pop-up cinemas, red carpet screenings, panels, and special events.
Opening proceedings is the documentary 'Valerie Taylor: Playing With Sharks', shining the spotlight on Australian icon Valerie Taylor's extraordinary life as a marine protector and ocean explorer.
"It was a privilege to work with [Director] Sally [Aitken] and [Producer] Bettina [Dalton]," Valerie says. "I commend them for taking interest in my lifelong pursuit of saving our marine life in order to get this message out to the masses."
Other films set to debut this year include 'This Little Love Of Mine', shot entirely in Far North Queensland, 'Rhapsody Of Love', an Asian-Australian rom-com, local horror flick 'House Of Inequity' from Gold Coaster Josh Hale, and teen series 'Dive Club'.
'This Little Love Of Mine'
This year's GCFF also boasts never-before-seen preview screenings of J.J. Winlove's 'June Again' starring Noni Hazlehurst, Claudia Karvan and Stephen Curry.
"We have an incredible mix of national and international films and documentaries starring some big names and tackling even bigger shorelines," Festival Director Aimée Lindorff says.
"Movies got many of us through hard lockdown last year and being able to watch films starring and made by talented Queenslanders and Australians is just another great reason to grab your tickets and head along to the Gold Coast’s favourite cinematic celebration," City Of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate adds.
Most of the premiere showings will take place at HOTA Gold Coast, the GCFF's home venue. Gold Coast Film Festival 2021 runs from 14-25 April.