Movie magic to come to Surfers Paradise this April

Get the popcorn ready and dust off your dancing shoes because the annual Festival of Film, Music, and Dance is set to roll into Surfers Paradise this April.

The free, film-inspired festival will take over the precinct from April 6-7 to showcase cinematic work of some of Australia’s most talented emerging filmmakers.

The inaugural installation of the Festival of Film, Music, and Dance will host two short film festivals, SIPFest (Shorts in Paradise) and B.OLD short film screenings in conjunction with the Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF).


A total of 14 engaging short films are set to be screened at SIPFest on Saturday, April 6 from 7pm, with all the films selected by the GCFF panel of judges from a total of 262 entries.

The finalists will compete for their share of $8,000 in prize money and awards across the seven categories including Best Film, Runner Up Best Film, People’s Choice, Best Film by a Gold Coast resident, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Ranging in genre from comedy, drama, to documentaries, thrillers, and animation, each short film runs for between five and 15 minutes, providing a highly entertaining evening of free film in a unique outdoor cinematic experience on Surfers Paradise beach.

GCFF director Lucy Fisher said SIPFest has established itself as one of the most unique film viewings in Australia, enabling the work of talented filmmakers to be seen and acknowledged, some for the very first time.

“The short films presented capture a snapshot in time, with intriguing themes, thought-provoking characters, and topics that stay with the audience long after the final credits have rolled, and this years’ line-up certainly won’t disappoint,” she said.

The film-inspired festival celebrations continue on Sunday, April 7 from 4:30pm as the precinct comes alive again with a screening of one of the best dance-inspired movies of all time, Dance Academy: The Movie followed by a short film and live performance by the GOGI Dance Collective.

That evening from 6:30pm B.OLD short films will take to the big screen showcasing a total of eight short films that challenge perceptions about ageing. Created by Queensland filmmakers, the eight winners received a total of $10,000 funding to produce each short film and the results are sure to inspire.

Meanwhile in Cavill Mall, movers and shakers will be warming up for an energetic Latin Dance Party which will take over the mall with crowds of dancers showing off their slick moves for all to admire.

The weekend of film fun will conclude with the screening of the 90’s dance classic Strictly Ballroom. Families and friends are encouraged to get comfortable with blankets, and a takeaway dinner from one of the precinct’s eateries for an enchanting night under the stars.

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