The 15th Gold Coast Film Festival has released its 2017 program, with the event set to launch on Wednesday, 12 April.

The 11-day festival will screen 32 feature films from across 13 countries, including four World premieres, nine Australian premiers and eight Queensland premiers, plus a host of short films, events, and intimate Q&A’s with filmmakers.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher believes the 2017 program is proving to be the biggest in its 15 year history. She said, the team is pleased to introduce some of the most anticipated films from Australia and around the world.

“This year is expected to be the biggest Gold Coast Film Festival to date, with 120 film and film-related events taking over the entire city, offering something for everyone, from internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films to locally made indie gems,” she said.

Ms Fisher also spoke about the new and exciting events that the film festival has to offer this year.

“The 15th annual Festival also marks a number of firsts this year including the introduction of our Movie Locations Tour, which takes guests on a three-hour journey visiting more than 20 films including Kong Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Muriel’s Wedding,” she said.

This years’ special guest line-up includes Deborah Mailman, Sue Maslinm, James Rolleston, Isabel Lucas, Simon Wincer, Claudia Karvan, Jan Chapman, David Stratton and Tony Barry.

CEO of The Arts Centre Gold Coast Criena Gehrke said the city’s cultural precinct and the Gold Coast Film Festival are a perfect match, and that she’s looking forward to the festival’s line-up.

“Over the coming years the Arts Centre will grow into a precinct that is the beating heart of arts and culture on the coast so it’s wonderful to be able to work with and support the Gold Coast Film Festival, a key fixture on Queensland’s cultural events calendar,” she said.

“The Gold Coast is proving itself as the perfect destination for cultural and sporting events

and thanks to the Gold Coast Film Festival, we are thrilled to welcome film fans and screen culture aficionados to the precinct.”

The 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival also brings a host of fun and engaging film-related events across the city, including a brand new activation space at Robina Town Centre.

The Centre will transform into a film-lovers haven with the launch of ‘Documentary Season’ at Event Cinemas Robina, featuring four enlightening documentaries that will immerse audiences into the lives of a young weightlifter, an indigenous ballet dancer, a visionary artist and an Australian charity worker.

Other special events at the 2017 festival include Movie Trivia Night; Zoolander Model Boat Party; SIPFest, an annual short film competition featuring 12 short 10-minute cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia; and the screening of some the best from the London Short Film Festival, the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film, at SIPFest.

The film festival runs over two long weekends.