Gold Coast film fanatics clear your diary, the 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival will be held from April 17 to 29 and this year’s event is jam-packed with over 100 film and film-related events across the city.

Now in its 16th year, the Gold Coast’s very own festival dedicated to the blossoming film industry brings film to life on the Gold Coast. This year the event will screen 40 feature films including one world premiere, seven Australian premieres and seven Queensland premieres. The program will also feature a host of short films, intimate filmmaker Q&A’s and an incredible virtual reality (VR) film experience.

The festival is the only one of its kind in Australia to offer free childcare giving parents an opportunity to enjoy the festival program too. Four film screenings and panels will be covered by this special service with childcare available on Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 22.

Make April 20 a kid-free affair with childcare provided from 2.45pm to 8pm to cover the screenings of Pop Aye and Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible. Pop Aye takes viewers on a dusty, countryside trip through Thailand as a man attempts to return an elephant to its natural habitat. Alternately, those who want an insight into the film industry will love the documentary Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible. Shining a light on one of the world’s most legendary film editors, Jill Bilcock, this documentary reveals how this extraordinary artist shaped some of the country’s most iconic films from Strictly Ballroom to Australia and The Dressmaker. The screening is followed by an intimate Q&A with Jill Bilcock herself.

On April 22, book the little ones in from 1pm to 5.45pm to catch the screenings of Back to Burgundy, a French drama set in the winemaking region of Burgundy, followed by a wine and cheese tasting on the HOTA Terrace and Zelos, a thoughtful, refreshingly real take on modern relationships. Join writer/producer Claire Harris and producer Steve Jaggi for a Q&A following the screening.

There is plenty of family fun to be had too with Dance Classics at Kirra. Grab your picnic blanket and the kids for a fun night under the stars at Gilltrap Park as Strictly Ballroom screens on Friday, April 20 and Happy Feet shows on Saturday, April 21. Food trucks and energetic dance demonstrations are in order making for a fun, family-friendly night out.

Other special events for your diary include SIPFest, the annual short film competition which transforms Surfers Paradise beach into an outdoor cinema on Sunday, April 22. Anime in the Mall, Movie and Music Trivia, the Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour and Floating Cinema are just a few notable events in the busting program for this year’s event. Be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, locally made indie gems, family features and documentaries at the 2018 Gold Coast Film Festival.

Visit www.gcfilmfestival.com for times, tickets and childcare bookings.



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