The Gold Coast Film Festival began on Wednesday 3 April, bringing film to life with a stellar program featuring more than 100 film and film-related events which aim to provide a platform for emerging Australian filmmakers. The 12-day event will feature films and documentaries, including world cinema and Australian independent films, which will cater for all festival attendees.

As this year’s 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 4 April. On the night an outstanding individual will be honoured for their marked contribution to the Australian film industry.

As a part of the event, the famous Shorts in Paradise Festival (SIPFest) event will return to the 2019 program on Saturday 6 April 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, 12 to 13 April, while down in Coolangatta a beachside screening night is set to be held under the stars on 5 April.

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