THOUSANDS of interstate and overseas film fans have descended on the Gold Coast for the annual 10 day Gold Coast Film Festival.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey welcomed actors, production teams and fans saying the event not only highlighted the region’s arts and cultural events calendar, but also gave visitors another reason to travel to the Famous for Fun Gold Coast.
“It gives me great pleasure to see so many guests travel to our backyard and enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer,” Ms Stuckey said.
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“Events like this deliver on our election commitment to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.”
The Gold Coast Film Festival held it’s red carpet Opening Night event at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on Thursday night with the screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel and an after party which followed at East Broadbeach.
Ms Stuckey said the festival helped cement our reputation as a premier destination for local and international productions like Academy-Award winner Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ which was recently made using the world class facilities at Village Roadshow on the Gold Coast.
Ms Stuckey wished locals and visitors alike a successful and enjoyable Festival.
“I look forward to welcoming you back again next year,” she said.
The Gold Coast will again take centre stage when filming begins later this year for the Hollywood Blockbuster ‘San Andreas’, starring action super star Dwayne Johnson.
For more information on the Gold Coast Film Festival, visit their website.