Gold Coast Film Festival 2020

The 18th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will run from 15 to 26 April 2020 across the Gold Coast, bringing the magic of movies to life in the most unique of settings with film buffs able to enjoy both new and classic films at unique pop-up outdoor cinemas on the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, in a brewery, on a city rooftop and even floating on a boat.

Walk the red carpet on opening night alongside actors, filmmakers and film crew. Learn from Australia’s leading producers, writers and directors in intimate seminars and workshops. Be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, local indie gems, engaging documentaries, family features, and the scariest horror films.

The 12-day event, will allow visitors to explore world cinema, discover new Australian film gems, walk the red carpet at premiere events and hear from leading filmmakers at Q&As and screen industry panels.

The Gold Coast’s flagship film event will commence with a glittering Opening Night on Wednesday, April 15 at HOTA – Home of the Arts, the festival’s epicenter, when audience members are invited to share the red carpet with actors, filmmakers and crew members.

Check out the unique pop up outdoor cinemas on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach, in a brewery and even floating on a boat.

As the City’s flagship film event, the Gold Coast Film Festival brings film to life in a distinctly Gold Coast way for local and visiting audiences.

Special events include the Women in Film Lunch, Movie and Music Trivia, free outdoor film screenings, industry panels and workshops and SIPFest, the annual short film competition transforming Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema featuring 14 cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia and internationally.

The 2020 program will be announced on March 10 and will feature more than 100 films, panels, parties and special events.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will culminate with a star-studded Closing Night on Sunday, April 26 when another film premieres at HOTA – Home of the Arts.


15 April 2020 - 26 April 2020


6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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HOTA - Home of the Arts
135 Bundall Road, Bundall


Gold Coast Film Festival