Submissions now open for Gold Coast Film Festival & SIPfest 2018

Organisers of the Gold Coast Film Festival have today opened entries early to filmmakers nationwide to enter submissions for feature films and shorts.

The 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival is on April 17 – 29 2018, making it the first major event to take place on the Gold Coast following the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Submissions for feature films and short films will close on February 4 2018, with Australian indie filmmakers and female filmmakers highly encouraged to submit.


In 2018, filmmakers have the chance to win the Best Australian Indie Film Award for best feature film, while around $8,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs in the short film competition at SIPFest.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher said the 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival is set to bring an action-packed lineup of events to Queensland, with a host of film screenings, events and interactive workshops.

“As the city’s flagship film event, the Gold Coast Film festival has gone from strength-to-strength over the past few years and has now cemented itself as one of Queensland’s leading film festivals and a great platform for film lovers, aspiring filmmakers and the screen industry across the country.”

“We’re attracting strong film titles, prominent Australian film industry guests and national profiles. Earlier this year we were named as an ACCTA-Award qualifying film festival – the only Queensland festival to be included in the list of seven festivals Australia-wide.”

To submit a feature film or short visit,, and for more information about SIPFest and the Gold Coast Film Festival please visit