Gold Coast Film Festival unveils full program

The full program for the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) has finally been unveiled, with organisers today revealing the city’s flagship film event will feature 40 feature film screenings, a host of short films, events, filmmaker Q&A’s, and a Virtual Reality (VR) film experience.

The 16th annual GCFF will run for 13 days from Tuesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 29, with the Australian premiere screening of thriller The Second confirmed for the Film Festival’s Opening Night at HOTA, Home of The Arts, with director Mairi Cameron and cast including Rachael Blake and Vince Colosimo in attendance.

The Festival has also secured the Australian premiere of black comedy Brothers’ Nest to screen at the Closing Night on Sunday, April 29, with brothers Shane Jacobson and Clayton Jacobson (Kenny), attending the event and Q&A.


The Gold Coast Film Festival will also screen the Queensland premiere of Simon Baker’s Breath, at a special red-carpet gala event at Pacific Fair on Thursday, April 19.

In partnership with the Byron Bay Film Festival (BBFF), for the first time GCFF will take festival goers to the forefront of cinematic innovation through a program of varied Virtual Reality (VR) experiences on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29.

Audiences will experience some of the best VR content from around the world and Australia, such as animated documentary A Think Black Line, from Brisbane filmmaker Douglas Watkin, which invites audiences to step into The Bombing of Darwin – a pivotal event in the history of one family, and a nation, through the eyes of a child.

Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher said the quality of the 2018 program is testament to the growing significance of the Festival as a film industry event and its role in promoting the Gold Coast as one of Australia’s leading filmmaking destinations.

“At its core, the Gold Coast Film Festival celebrates film and filmmaking,” said Ms Fisher.

“The Film Festival will be the Gold Coast’s first major event following the Commonwealth Games and will continue to enrich the city through the dozens of special film events being held at 11 venues across the Gold Coast.

“We are proud to announce such a strong line-up today and look forward to once again bringing the magic of film to film enthusiasts, aspiring filmmakers and the screen industry here on the Gold Coast.”

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