The finalists for the national short film festival SIPFest have been announced today with 14 short
films set to screen at the the Surfers Paradise beach cinema event.
The finalist line-up includes some of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming short filmmakers;
100 Candles by Julian Lucas, A Picture of Other People by Jason Fitzgerald, A Room that Fits by
Tina Matolov, Birds of a Feather by Jeneffa Soldatic, Briella by Emma Leslie, Chasing Monsters
by Krystle Wright and Toby Pike, He’s Isis by Mansoor Noor, I’ll Be There by Joel Zico, Lavender
by Henry Boffin, LOCKDOWN by Koen Van Sande, Seventy by Tong Jiage, Valentine’s Day by
Marni Little and Tim Goodwin, and Walters Ghost by Caden Pearson.
SIPFEST (Shorts in Paradise) is Australia’s only short film festival on the beach, and is part of the
Surfers Paradise’s annual Festival of Film, Music, and Dance run in conjunction with Gold Coast
Proudly presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance (SPA) the film-inspired festival will take place
between April 6-7 within the Surfers Paradise precinct and provide a celebration of the Gold
Coast’s evolving film industry while providing a platform for some of Australia’s most talented
The SIPFest finalists are competing for their share in $8,000 in prize money with awards across
eight categories up for grabs including Best Film, Runner Up, Best Film, People’s Choice, Best
Film by a Gold Coast resident, Best Film Showcasing Surfers Paradise, Best Screenplay, Best
Actor and Best Actress.
A panel of judges from Gold Coast Film Festival along with Dov Kornits, editor FilmInk, Eamon
Farren, AACTA-award winning actor, Heather Maltman, actor/filmmaker/radio host, and
Samantha Laidlaw Screen Queensland selected the winners and 14 finalists with the resulting
line-up ranging in genre from comedy to drama, animation, and documentaries.
The Festival of Film Music and Dance will also host the B.OLD short film screening, also
presented in conjunction with Gold Coast Film Festival, with eight short films that challenge
perceptions about ageing.
Created by Queensland filmmakers, each of the eight winners received $10,000 funding from the
Queensland Government to produce their short films with each production shattering the
negative stereotypes society has towards frailty, limited capacity, and dependency.
Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw says the entertainment offering of the Festival of
Film, Music, and Dance has continued to evolve over time and the addition of SIPFest and B.OLD
to the 2019 line-up further amplifies the festival as a must-visit for movie buffs and families
“We are excited to launch the Festival of Film, Dance, and Music today and we look forward to
welcoming locals and visitors into the precinct for free film screenings, dance and music
performances and the opportunity to view the latest work of some of Australia’s most talented
emerging filmmakers at SIPFest and B.OLD short film screenings,” says Mr Winlaw.
“This festival not only provides an important opportunity for filmmakers, but it also contributes
to the development of art and culture in Surfers Paradise and on the Gold Coast as a whole.”
Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher says festival-goers are in for a night of cinematic
excellence as the very best Australian short filmmaking plays out on the big screen against the
Surfers Paradise night sky.
“SIPFest has established itself as one of the most unique film viewings in the world, enabling the
work of talented filmmakers to be seen and acknowledged, some for the very first time,” says
“The screenings of SIPFest and B.OLD provide a unique opportunity for Gold Coasters to enjoy
and we are very proud to present this esteemed event to the community in conjunction with
Surfers Paradise Alliance and the Festival of Film, Music, and Dance.”
SIPFest will be screened from 7pm on Saturday, April 6 while B.OLD short films will screen from
6:30pm on Sunday, April 7.
Event-goers have the opportunity to indulge their love of film with an array of free movie
screenings, dance performances and a Latin Dance Party included in the festivities.
For more information visit www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/upcoming-events/festival-of-
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. For
more information, visit www.gcfilmfestival.com.