Gold Coast Film Festival Is Ready  To Kick Off  For 2016

Exclusive screenings, interactive workshops, trivia, networking events and inaugural YScreen at
the 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival 31 March – 10 April 2016

Special guests include Stephen Page, Claudia Karvan, Gracie Otto, Reg Cribb and David Stratton

80 film and film-related events PLUS 14 short films at annual SIPFest

Film lovers, aspiring filmmakers, families and students around Australia will be spoilt for choice at the 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival, which will see more than 80 film and film related events take place over nine different locations across the city.

The 10-day Gold Coast Film Festival, held from 31 March – 10 April, will feature a host of action-packed indoor and outdoor events including SIPFest, an annual short film competition transforming Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema, featuring 10-minute cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia.

YScreen will make its debut at the Gold Coast Film Festival this year, with a program of entertaining and intelligent films and workshops for children and teens, set to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film in classrooms and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life.

Also part of the inaugural YScreen is Monster Zoo, an augmented reality workshop for kids interested in filmmaking and gaming. On Friday 8 April, Monster Zoo will give children aged 6 – 12 the opportunity to embark on an augmented and reality scavenger hunt to create a documentary about their search for invisible endangered monsters at Robina Community Centre.

The workshop will include a briefing, an augmented reality adventure experience through different levels of a building, film editing and a screening of their documentary for friends and family.

Other special events popping up throughout the Festival include an evening with one of Australia’s most recognised actresses and 2016 Chauvel Award recipient Claudia Karvan at David Stratton In Conversation With Claudia Karvan on Saturday 9 April at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, as well as the return of Women In Lunch, presented by Screen Queensland, where Australian actor, film producer, writer, editor and director Gracie Otto will attend as a guest speaker.

The Festival will also see a number of highly respected directors, producers and cast members attend the screenings captivate audiences with intimate Q&A sessions. Director Stephen Page, who will make his debut at the Festival with his genre-bending film Spear, will attend with actor Hunter Page-Lochard. Director Heath Davis, producer Luke Graham, actors Steve Le Marquand and Max Cullen will also join the Gold Coast Film Festival screenings, alongside distinguished writer Reg Cribb.

Visitors to the Festival can test their film knowledge at Movie Trivia night at QT Hotel or grab a picnic blanket and head to free community screenings.

The Gold Coast’s flagship film festival will also host a range of intimate workshops and seminars for filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and actors, giving people the opportunity to learn from Australia’s leading producers, writers and directors.

Tickets are on now on sale at www.gcfilmfestival.com

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