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The Gold Coast Film Festival is back for its 18th year, bringing an exciting line-up – packed with huge names, huge films and a huge array of events – along with it.

Running from April 15 to April 26, the film festival will feature Australian and world premieres, filmmaker Q&As and industry galas and workshops. Not only that, but there will be a bevy of fun attractions – from the pop-up outdoor cinemas to the family-friendly activities.

The festival will open with I Am Woman, the debut feature film from Unjoo Moon and one of the country’s most anticipated films of 2020.

The screening will be one of 24 premieres held during the festival, including the closing night Australian Premiere of Bloody Hell, a dark, comedic thriller shot on the Gold Coast.

Screen industry luminaries including actors Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving, producers Sue Maslin, Greer Simpkin, John Pilger and Chris Brown and directors Wayne Blair, Kriv Stenders and Warwick Thornton will be among the guests to light up the 12-day event, which will feature 4 world, 9 Australian and 11 Queensland premieres amid an epic schedule of cinematic action from Coomera to Coolangatta.

The festival’s much-loved Women in Film Lunch will feature award-winning children’s content producers Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis of Queensland’s Like A Photon.

Kids and teens won’t want to miss catching the cast and crew of Swimming for Gold, starring Disney Channel’s Peyton List, at HOTA on Saturday April 18, and families will love the Harry Potter Marathon running at Event Cinemas Coomera from Sunday April 18 to Sunday April 19.

Horror fans, pencil Friday April 24 into your diary – that’s the 40th anniversary of slasher film Friday the 13th, and the Gold Coast Film Festival is celebrating with a special screening.

There’s all that and so much more in store when the Gold Coast Film Festival comes to town. For our top 5 picks on family fun this GCFF, click here.

www.gcfilmfestival.com

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