Calling all film buffs and cinema connoisseurs – the Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is set to return in April, and we’ve got your very first look.

Delivering a jam-packed program of more than 100 films, panels, parties, and pop-up events the GCFF will take over the city from April 14 to 25. From a secret rooftop cinema screening of Clueless to a Pink Party celebrating the 20th anniversary of cult classic Legally Blonde, the jam-packed special events program invites movie lovers to escape to a world of film on the Gold Coast, whether it’s on a rooftop, in a brewery, or even in the sky. 

The excitement is building on the 12-day festival will feature a line-up of quintessentially Gold Coast events, including including decadent foodie pairings at QT Gold Coast’s QT Bites: Eat The Screen, and a pop-up cinema at Burleigh Brewing Co. Celebrating homegrown talent with showings of Two Hands (starring a young Health Ledger and Rose Byrne) and Margot Robbie’s Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya. Elle Woods fans should book in early for Legally Blonde’s 20th Anniversary Pink Party, as the ticket price includes a ‘Bend and Schnapps’ cocktail and ‘Warner’s Weiner’ hotdog on arrival to get you in the mood. If plaid is more your thing, pull up a ‘Cher’ at Clueless on the Rooftop. 

Speaking of rooftops, Sky High Cinema will take your movie viewing experience to new heights, with family-friendly screenings across two weekends during the school holidays. Kids and parents alike can catch their favourite ‘flying’ flicks including Dumbo, Aladdin, How to Train Your Dragon and more, from the lofty vantage point of the Q1’s Skypoint Observation Deck.

There will also be premiere film events, world cinema screenings, a gala awards ceremony, networking and speakers presented by Screen Queensland and the festival’s first ever online program.

With the 2020 Gold Coast Film Festival one of the first major Australian events to be cancelled due to COVID-19, and the pandemic shutting down film and television production in the months that followed, it goes without saying that the GCFF will return bigger and better than ever in 2021.

“Gold Coast Film Festival and the film industry certainly felt the full force of the shutdown this past year, but the screen industry has pushed through and 2021 is proving to be an exciting year for film fans and filmmakers,” says Gold Coast Film Festival Director, Aimée Lindorff. “Rain, hail, shine, or pandemic, there will be a festival in 2021 with all events and screenings shaped to stringent COVID safety guidelines, providing cinema-goers a safe environment.”

“We’re thrilled to be in a position to support the thriving local screen industry while also redefining what it means to go to the cinema, exploring new ways of delivering film experiences for local and visiting audiences,” says Aimée. “It’s a great excuse for movie lovers to book a trip to the Gold Coast and escape to a world of film this April, whether it’s in a cinema, on a rooftop, the red carpet at one of our premieres or from the comfort of their couch.” 

With so much to see and do, festivalgoers who wish to book a trip for the Gold Coast Film Festival can get 20% off the best available room rate at the festival’s hotel partner, QT Gold Coast, by using the code ‘GCFF21’. Special events tickets are available from Wednesday, February 17, through the film festival website and the full program will be announced on March 10.




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