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The Gold Coast’s biggest public film event, The Gold Coast Film Festival, will bring film lovers a more diverse range of films, events and seminars, from a new central location in 2015.
For the first time, the city’s major film festival will be based at The Arts Centre for the ten-day event, running 9th-19th April 2015 and will introduce a special social hub ‘The GCFF Lounge’ for local film lovers to mingle and meet filmmakers between screenings and seminars.
In addition to the main location change, the Festival will also be offering screenings at locations across the Gold Coast, ensuring that no matter where film fans live, they can catch a film as part of the Festival.
Now entering its 13th year, The Gold Coast Film Festival is broadening its appeal by showcasing emerging and established local filmmakers and bringing a wide range of international films for all audiences to the Gold Coast, under the guidance of new Festival director Kylie Pascoe.
“There are a lot of fantastic films that screen in cinemas in Sydney and Melbourne, but don’t get booked to play here on the Gold Coast. The Festival allows Gold Coasters to see these films,” said Ms Pascoe.
“The change of location to The Arts Centre made perfect sense - it’s the coast’s cultural centre and home to an award-winning cinema. It’s the ideal spot for the Gold Coast Film Festival to host film screenings, seminars and our new social hub – The GCFF Lounge - during the Festival.
“The social hub concept is something that the world’s big film festivals such as Edinburgh, Cannes and Austin offer. It gives the local film industry the chance to network before and after seminars and screenings, and the public to mingle and chat about the film they've just seen,” said Ms Pascoe.
“As part of our broadening cultural footprint on the coast, we will also be running film-themed art exhibitions, music and social events during the festival.”
Destry Puia, General Manager, The Arts Centre, welcomed the Gold Coast Film Festival to the venue.
“The Gold Coast Film Festival is an outstanding film culture event for the Gold Coast and we are pleased that it joins The Arts Centre’s cultural event line up for 2015 and beyond.”
The Gold Coast Film Festival has received renewed support from the Queensland State Government, council and sponsors, with funding increases and increased support from sponsors for 2015.
Last year, The Gold Coast Film Festival attracted over 10,500 people across the event and secured seminars with leading filmmakers such as Ian Collie, producer of Walt Disney biopic Saving Mr Banks and top TV drama, Rake and Hollywood Director Brad Payton (San Andreas, Journey 2:The Mysterious Island, Cats & Dogs).
It is acclaimed domestic and international filmmakers like these that are drawing visitation from interstate and wider QLD audiences to the Gold Coast Film Festival’s REELLIFE seminars and workshops.
The Festival has also secured special event screenings throughout the year, including the only Gold Coast screenings of Predestination with the Director and Producer in attendance for a Q&A in September and more recently, the award-winning documentary Our Man in Tehran, with special guest Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian Ambassador to Iran in 1979 and was credited with helping six Americans escape, as featured in Oscar-winning film Argo.
For more information about the Gold Coast Film Festival, please visit www.gcfilmfestival.com. The full program of films and events for The 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival will be announced in February 2015.
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