The Gold Coast will host film lovers, aspiring filmmakers, film stars and families from all over Australia as the 17th annual Gold Coast Film Festival takes place from Wednesday, April 3 until Sunday, April 14.

The 12-day festival brings film to life with a stellar program featuring more than 100 film and film-related events which aim to entertain, educate and provide a platform for emerging Australian filmmakers to showcase their talent.

With some of the biggest International blockbusters filmed on the Gold Coast in recent years, the festival further cements the Gold Coast region as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations with Australian filmmakers and their crews selecting the City as a location of choice.

The celebrated film festival gets started with an red-carpet Opening Night on Wednesday, April 3 at HOTA, Home of the Arts to officially launch the program of exciting film-inspired events.

Catering for all festival-goers from industry professionals to aspiring filmmakers, avid moviegoers and families alike, the jam-packed program will officially launch at the start of March, revealing the lineup of feature films and documentaries, including world cinema and Australian independent films.

As this years’ festival coincides with Easter school holidays, the festival has added a host of activities and workshops to the program to instigate interest and opportunity for budding film enthusiasts and future filmmakers.

In the spirit of celebrating the Queensland film industry, the festival will honour those who contribute to the success of the industry at the prestigious Chauvel Award held on Thursday, April 4. On the night an outstanding individual will be honoured for their marked contribution to the Australian film industry.

The famous Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest) event will return to the 2019 program on Saturday, April 6 with 14 finalist short films set to be screened with the iconic Surfers Paradise beach as the backdrop.

The 15-minute cinematic gems are sure to capture the hearts and minds of viewers and instigate memorable conversations long after the films have been screened.

This years’ event will see the return of some of the festival’s most popular events included the Women in Film lunch at QT Gold Coast now in its fifth year, Movie and Music Trivia Night, Movie Locations Tours, and Seniors Morning Tea and Movie sessions.

The Gold Coast Superhero Weekend (formally QPOW) film screenings will take place in Broadbeach Friday, April 12 and Saturday 13th April, while down in Coolangatta a beachside screening night is set to be held under the stars on Friday April 5th.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will finish with yet another gala event on Sunday, April 14 with the red carpet rolled out for the Closing Night Film.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the City of Gold Coast.

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