THE Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is in the final stages of preparation before taking the plunge on the 9th – 19th April to showcase the 13th annual festival.
The 10 day event will boast screenings of feature dramas, Indies, special guest screenings, international award-winning films, horror and animations. At least 75 films are set to be screened throughout the 10 day event which includes a world premiere, 10 Australian premieres and 10 Queensland premieres. An illustrious selection of special guest attendances includes George Takei, Margaret Pomeranz, Dolph Lundgren and Daniel MacPherson as well as many others.
Over the duration of the festival there will be a number of free seminars and other workshops on offer for students and filmmakers alike. These seminars are aimed to educate, inspire and embrace the Gold Coast as a valued filmmaking location. Above all else, GCFF prides itself on offering a diverse, interactive and engaging program of film and film related events over the course of the event.
Kylie Pascoe, Festival Director at Gold Coast Film Festival, hopes to see the festival become a must-see Queensland screen-culture event that is open for audiences and industry people alike.
“I want the Gold Coast Film festival to be an event which is welcoming for all people to appreciate screen culture. This year we would love to see the 15 000 mark cracked for guests attending the event, however realistically speaking we are expecting approximately 12 000 people in attendance over the 10 days,” she said.
“One of the things I’m trying to do through this festival is to get into people’s minds about celebrating film and what exactly it takes to create a film. Not many people realise, but it was the Gold Coast that pioneered international film making in the late 80’s. We had the first international studio in Australia – a heritage of which we are very proud of”.
The GCFF will take place at the Gold Coast Arts centre primarily, however many seminars, film screenings and an array of other film-related events will be scattered across several other venues across the Gold Coast. Some other locations for the festival include: Bond University, Surfers Paradise, Palm Beach Parklands and QT hotel to name a few.
This year the Gold Coast Film Festival will also host the inaugural Women in Film Luncheon. The luncheon will feature Australia’s most respected movie critic, Margaret Pomeranz and her daughter-in-law, Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz (pictured below) a producer, director and co-creator of TV series Fashion Blogger.
The 2015 GCFF’s cultural partners include Supanova, The Arts Centre Gold Coast and The Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast Inc. Other Corporate, Media and Industry partners include Event Cinemas, Bond University, 97.1 ABC Local Radio, Foxtel Movies, Village Roadshow Studios and Village Roadshow Theme Parks.
For more information regarding the Gold Coast Film Festival please visit http://www.gcfilmfestival.com/.
Written by Genevieve Smith