GOLD COAST’S BIGGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL RENEWED WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP
The Gold Coast Film Festival has partnered with Surfers Paradise Alliance to run Shorts in Paradise (SIPFest), the Gold Coast’s biggest short film festival, as part of the annual Surfers Paradise and Gold Coast Film Festivals held in April each year.
Filmmakers and film students can enter a short film up to 10 minutes in duration by Friday 27th March to be considered for the free public event that will screen the best films on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach on Sunday 12th April.
With most professional filmmakers beginning their career on the set of a short film, SIPFest provides an opportunity to identify and reward talented emerging filmmakers both locally and from around Australia.
SIPFest adds to the Gold Coast Film Festival short film program, with the Festival also holding an annual University student short film showcase event, QLD Showcase.
“We’re really excited to include SIPFest in our line up of fabulous films and film events for the 2015 festival,” said Festival Director, Kylie Pascoe
“Short film is a place where so many filmmakers start, yet rarely do they get to show their work to a broader film loving audience and SIPFest provides the perfect opportunity to do so, in a stunning location.”
Mike Winlaw, CEO Surfers Paradise Alliance said the event partnership added to the Surfers Paradise Festival’s cultural line up.
“With the Gold Coast Film Festival and the Surfers Paradise Festival both running during April, it made sense to partner for the annual SIPFest event. The partnership will ensure SIPFest appeals to a wider film loving audience and drives visitation into the precinct,” said Mr Winlaw.
“This year SIPFest will also move from Neal Shannon Park to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, which will deliver a unique outdoor film experience to audiences like no other on the Gold Coast.”
The Gold Coast Film Festival SIPFest will be held on Sunday April 12th 2015 on Surfers Paradise beach as part of both the annual Gold Coast Film Festival and the annual Surfers Paradise Festival.
All short films with an approximate M rating or lower, under 10 minutes in length are welcome to be submitted, and finalists will be judged by a panel of industry experts to compete for cash prizes. For more details on entering visit www.sipfest.com.
For more information about the Gold Coast Film Festival, please visit www.gcfilmfestival.com. The full program of films and events for The 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival will be announced in February 2015.
ABOUT THE GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL:
The Gold Coast Film Festival is a celebration of film and filmmaking, in Queensland’s leading filmmaking location, the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Film Festival brings exclusive, can’t-see-anywhere-else screenings of some of the latest indie films from around the world as well as movie classics and events that celebrate filmmakers and their craft.
The Gold Coast’s biggest film event also features a variety of film genres from critically acclaimed foreign language films, horror, sci-fi, Japanese Anime, family films, comedy, drama, and Queensland and Australian produced films.
For filmmakers and students, the Gold Coast Film Festival runs free seminars and workshops with local and international filmmakers and screen professionals alongside special event Q&A sessions with distinguished cast and crew open to all audiences.
The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland State Government through Screen Queensland’s Screen Culture Fund; and the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program and the City of Gold Coast.