Attention all film buffs and aspiring filmmakers! The 17thannual Gold Coast Film Festival has finally kicked off for another year, this time showcasing a diverse range of film genres from local and international filmmakers. The highly anticipated festival kicked off on April 3, and until April 14, we can expect to see a stellar line up of 3 world premieres, 10 Australian premieres, 4 Queensland premieres and over 175 other films. That’s a lot of screen time!


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All the festival action will be spread out from the northern areas of Coomera right down south to the laid back streets of Coolangatta. During the festival, you’ll not only have a chance to see the latest screenings, but also attend exclusive events, panels and parties. Wondering exactly what to expect? You’ll have the chance to hear from some of the industry’s powerful women, doll-up and attend a gala dinner, head on movie location tours, attend a lunch at Palazzo Versace to raise money for the Care for Cancer charity, and so much more!

Ready for some film inspo? Here are our top five must-see picks for the Gold Coast Film Festival:

Top End Wedding

Genre: Romantic Comedy

This film is set across Darwin, Kakadu and Tiwi Islands and tells the tale of a loved-up, engaged couple, Lauren and Ned (played by Miranda Tapsell and Gwilym Lee.) In the film, Lauren’s mother has gone AWOL somewhere in far north Australia, leaving only 10 days for the couple to find her and have their dream wedding.

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir

Genre: Fantasy/Drama

Staring Bollywood icon Dhanush, this film follows the character, Aja who journeys to Paris, from the slums of Mumbai, to search for his long-lost father. The film follows Aja on his travels as he finds himself everywhere from Spain to Libya to Italy to… an Ikea wardrobe. This is a film that sure has our interest!

Breaking Habits

Genre: Documentary

Have you heard of Sister Kate? She’s apart of the feminist activist group, The Sisters Of The Valley, and has been labeled as the most controversial nun on the planet. Why? Because her group grows and sells medical marijuana products to ill patients. This gripping documentary tells the true story about nuns, guns and drugs.

Escape and Evasion

Genre: War Drama

Filmed on the Gold Coast, Escape and Evasion examines war and the effects of PTSD. The film follows the story of Seth, the only survivor of a mysterious military operation in a tropical jungle in Burma. After returning home and trying to get back to living a normal life, a persistent journalist who is trying to uncover the truth about the operation hounds Seth.


Genre: Romance/Comedy

Dumped is said to be a hilarious must-see feel-good film, and it’s high on our radar! Just before her 60thbirthday, Françoise’s husband leaves her for a younger woman. To help her through it all, her daughters take her on a resort getaway where there is plenty of drinking, partying and fun times involved.

Want to check out every film that’s screening during the film festival? Head here for all the deets!


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