Submissions now open for 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival and SIPfest

A city-wide search has begun for local filmmakers to enter the 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival and SIPFest (Shorts in Paradise Festival).

SIPFEST short films will be judged by a panel of film industry experts and 12 of the best shorts from across Australia will be screened on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach on Sunday 9 April 2017 and awarded $8000 in cash prizes.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said SIPFest is a platform to showcase talented Australian short filmmaking. “The $8000 cash prizes are brilliant for short filmmakers to use to help fund their next project or just to pay rent, but this year we’re excited that SIPFEST offers genuine pathways to further exposure for Australian filmmakers,” she said.


“SIPFest entrants will have the opportunity to have their film seen by the programmers of Australia’s leading film festival in showcasing the work of women filmmakers, WOWFF, and one of the best short film festivals in the world – the London Short Film Festival. We are thrilled to be able to screen shorts from the London Short Film Festival at SIPFest next year.”

For the first time in the festival’s 15-year history, submissions are also being accepted for feature films to screen at the 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival.

The 14th annual Gold Coast Film Festival was action-packed this year, screening 38 films from 15 countries, featuring six Australian premieres and seven Queensland premieres, plus a host of industry panels, events and workshops with some of the industry’s best, including distinguished writer Reg Cribb, producer Trish Lake and multi-talented Australian actor, writer, producer and co-founder of all-female production company The Dollhouse Pictures, Gracie Otto.

Film lovers, aspiring filmmakers, families and students from around Australia will be spoilt for choice at the 2017 Gold Coast Film Festival, which will see more than 75 film and film-related events take place across the city from 19 – 30 of April.

Entries for the 2017 SIPFest close 18 February. Short film entries must be under 10 minutes and produced in the last two years. SIPFest winners have the opportunity to be awarded $8,000 in cash prizes.

Categories and prizes include:
• Best Film: $3000
• Runner up Best Film: $1000
• People’s Choice: $1000
• Best Film by a Gold Coast resident: $500
• Best Film showcasing Surfers Paradise $500
• Best Screenplay: $1000
• Best Actor: $500
• Best Actress: $500
• Best Cinematography – 12 month membership to Australian Cinematographer’s Society

Submissions for the Gold Coast Film Festival feature films open 1 December and close 18 February. Australian indie filmmakers are highly encouraged to submit.

To enter please visit and for more information about SIPFest and the Gold Coast Film Festival please visit