2019 GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL TO DELIVER PRIME LINE-UP OF INDUSTRY EVENTS
Friday, 1st March 2019: 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.
The 2019 event, which officially launches its full program will screen 107 films – including three world and 10 Australian– across 13 locations from April 3-14.
Now in its 17th year, the festival will kick off Wednesday, 3 April when award-winning filmmaker Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) walks 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 on Sunday, 14 April.
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.
An array of high-profile events will allow special guests and participants to expand their knowledge and networks, including more than 40 panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&As, screen industry guild nights and the hugely popular Women in Film Lunch, with guest speaker Greer Simpkin.
The industry will also unite for the inaugural Screen Industry Gala Awards, which will include the awarding of the prestigious Chauvel Award to film icon Sigrid Thornton, who will participate in a special ‘In Conversation’ session hosted by Hollywood journalist Jenny Cooney.
The centerpiece of the Gala Awards will be the Chauvel Award, which will see Sigrid Thornton bestowed with the Chauvel Award for an individual’s significant contribution to the Australian screen industry.
For tickets and more information, visit www.gcfilmfestival.com.