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SIPfest Short Film Festival held at Burleigh Brewing Co.

First timer’s guide to the Gold Coast Film Festival

April 2021

The Gold Coast Film Festival, the city’s flagship screen culture event returns to an imaginative series of venues between 14-25 April.

And with so many premiere film screenings, industry events and parties scheduled, it’s hard to know where best to dip a toe!

We are Gold Coast is here to help with our picks for the best of the 2021 program, a shortlist of must-sees for the first-time film festival-goer.

For the trivia buff – Music & Movie Trivia

Tuesday 20 April, 6pm – Ballroom, QT Gold Coast

An annual fixture since the Gold Coast Film Festival’s debut, the Music & Movie Trivia showdown has grown to now fill up the QT ballroom!

That puts you and your team of 2-5 pop culture trivia hounds amid a hugely competitive field, hunting bragging rights and some top prizes.

Oscars, pop charts, mega-franchises, obscure song lyrics – no topic flies under their quizmaster’s radar.

And with food and drink from QT’s Stingray Bar delivered to your table, you’re all out of excuses not to sign up sign up here.

For the aspiring creatives – Future Filmmakers

Thursday 22 April, 9.30am – Bond University

Alongside the parties and movies, a highlight of the festival is its program of industry events, filmmaker Q&As and networking opportunities.

The easiest way in is the popular Future Filmmakers day, a seminar for Year 11 and 12 students looking at a screen industry career.

Speakers throughout the day discuss jobs across the industry – from directing and producing to crew roles in live action and animation – before guests tour Bond’s film and TV facilities.

Future Filmmakers 2021 is booked out, but you can watch the whole presentation live and online by registering with isabella@gcfilmfestival.com.

For the ladies who lunch – Women in Film lunch

Friday 16 April, 12pm – Bazaar, QT Gold Coast

The festival’s hit Women in Film lunch  also returns to QT’s Bazaar, with AFI Award-winning costume designer Anna Borghesis (Ned Kelly, Romper Stomper, Hotel Mumbai) as guest speaker.

Hosted by Bern Young from ABC Gold Coast, with an introduction from Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich, this exclusive event includes a sumptuous seafood buffet and three-hour drinks package in the gorgeous surrounds of the Bazaar at QT Gold Coast. Enjoy an interactive dining experience with Bazaar chefs serving you while discussing the dishes and providing tasting notes along the way.

Whether you are an industry professional or a devoted film-lover, enjoy an afternoon of great food, insightful speakers and networking at the Women in Film Lunch. Book here.

For the film fanatics – SIPfest Short Film Festival

Saturday 17 April, 7.15pm – Burleigh Brewing Co.

The Gold Coast Film Festival’s hit short film event SIPfest (short for Shorts in Paradise!) has found an ace new home for 2021 – Burleigh Brewing Co.

With a lineup of 14 top-notch short films, the event platforms top emerging talent from Australia and around the world, with finalists vying for thousands in cash and judged by an ace industry panel.

At Burleigh Brewing Co. you can sip (pun intended) under the stars and check out the films on a big outdoor screen, with BYO picnic blankets and low chairs encouraged.

For the classic queens – Clueless on the Rooftop (18+) and Legally Blonde 20th Anniversary Pink Party (18+)

Friday 23 April, 5pm for 6.30pm – Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Saturday 24 April, 6pm for 7.30pm – The Green, QT Gold Coast

Gold Coast Film Festival’s infamously exotic pop-up screenings return, this time with the roof of the Australia Fair carpark and QT’s poolside The Green pegged out as the places to be.

Iconic ‘90s comedy Clueless will show on a big screen erected atop Australia Fair just for the occasion, with beanbag seating, a complimentary drink and even cheese boxes to pre-order.

Guests meet at Australia Fair’s Hotel Pacific to be escorted to the secret screening location. Book here.

And for the 20th anniversary of Reese Witherspoon’s just-as-iconic 2001 outing, Legally Blonde, GCFF is pulling out all stops with a poolside Pink Party at QT.

Pink wardrobe is optional-but-encouraged, with a complimentary ‘Bend and Scnhapps’ cocktail and ‘Warner’s Weiner’ hotdog on arrival ahead of the 7.30pm outdoor screening. Chairs, lounges and beanbags will be available on a first-in basis. Book here.

For those looking to be entertained – Films at the Footy: Titans Cinema

Friday 23 April, 8.30pm – Cbus Super Stadium

In another inventive first for Gold Coast Film Festival, the epic crowd-pleaser Gladiator will screen at the Titans’ home ground right after their April 23 match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs!

Once the final whistle blows, the real battle begins, with Russell Crowe entering the arena in his Oscar-winning role. Food and drink is available on site, BYO picnic blanket recommended. Tickets are free for Titans members and ticketholders to the Round 7 fixture.

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