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With a jam-packed program of independent flicks, family-friendly activities and familiar faces, this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet.

The highly-anticipated Damon Gameau (‘That Sugar Film’) flick, ‘2040’, kicked off the festival on Wednesday night, presenting the story of what our future could look like in the future if we simply embraced the solutions already available to us, to an Australian crowd for the first time.

Also on the agenda, a Women in Film Lunch with one of Australia’s most successful television, film and VR producers, Greer Simpkin (Friday April 5 from 12pm ‘til 3pm) and tours of some of the Gold Coast’s most iconic movie locations over this weekend and next. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the spots that featured in films like ‘Aquaman’, ‘Dora the Explorer’, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ in this eye-opening tour, the first of its kind for Australia.

“As this festival highlights, the Gold Coast is a boldly creative place where Queensland original screenplays and international franchise scripts are being brought to life on screen” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

In true Gold Coast Film Festival spirit, you can catch movie debuts and feel-good fables, while also trying out plenty of fun, family-friendly activities. Kids flicks include Australian-premiers of ‘Tito and the Birds’ and ‘Mia and the White Lion’, and your little film buffs can also catch a free live script reading from the movie ‘Carry On’, blind cinema, acting for film and learn to shoot workshops, as well as a free screening of the beloved ‘Red Dog. In collaboration with HOTA, your kids can also learn how to snap their own headshots and transform into Red Dog or make a Red Dog finger puppet.

Add to the already impressive program panels will film industry experts and commentary screenings of classics like ‘Scream’, and you’ve got yourself a wildly exciting Gold Coast Film Festival. It’s on now – don’t miss out on the lights, camera, action!

www.goldcoastfilmfestival.com

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