Roll Out The Red Carpet For The Gold Coast Film Festival 2021

Roll Out The Red Carpet For The Gold Coast Film Festival 2021

29 Mar 2021

Pass the popcorn and take your seat in the cinema because the Gold Coast’s annual celebration of film and film-making is back from April 14-25. Now in its 18th year, the Gold Coast Film Festival is famous for holding screenings in surprising locations across the Gold Coast, showcasing not only some incredibly impressive movies and events, but the uniqueness of our city and cinematic culture.

Have you ever watched a movie at a craft brewery? Or experienced a fine dining film and food pairing? The focus of this fabulous festival is to create fun and unexpected experience for viewers, whether that’s at a secret rooftop location, beside the pool at a boutique hotel or on the sand of Surfers Paradise. Be captivated by internationally acclaimed dramas, comedies and genre films, local indie gems, engaging documentaries, family features, and truly terrifying horror films.

This year for the first time, the 2021 Gold Coast Film Festival will also feature an online digital program of feature films, industry panels and special events – meaning rain, hail, shine or pandemic, you can enjoy the Gold Coast Film Festival either in-person or from the comfort of your couch.

This fabulous film festival has grown to become a cherished annual event on the cultural calendar, both for the movie fans and those who work in the film industry. This years’ program will be present over 100 films, industry panels, pop-up events and immersive experiences over 12 days and 10 local venues.

Tickets to all events are on sale now and we suggest you get in quick. Some have already sold out and trust us, you don’t want to miss the return of one of the Coast’s most impressive cultural celebration.

Wondering exactly what’s happening in the action-packed 2021 program? Check out some of the unique cinematic experiences on offer at this year’s event and escape to a world of film.

Legally Blonde 20th Anniversary Pink Party – Saturday, April 24

Grab your girl gang and get excited to welcome Elle Woods back on The Green at QT Gold Coast for the 20th anniversary of the movie we all loved. There’ll be cocktails and snacks on offer before the 7.30pm screening – we suggest you sample the ‘Bend and Schnapps’ cocktail.

Legally Blonde Gold Coast Film Festival

QT Bites: Eat the Screen – Thursday, April 15

QT Gold Coast are hosting a sensory dining experience that will drive your taste buds wild. Reach through the silver screen and devour the decadent dishes dancing before your eyes with a curated food and film pairing where you can taste the meals from the movie.

Relax with a drink and start with a film on Japanese cuisine while enjoying dishes prepared by Yamagen’s award-winning chefs, followed by a selection of Mexican food, and short film on Mexico’s vibrant culinary cuisine.

QT Bites Gold Coast Film Festival

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Movie Marathon – Saturday, April 17

For mega fans of Middle-earth, this 11-hour marathon takes place at VMAX Event Cinemas in Coomera. From 11am you can catch The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King with 20-minute intervals in between and for snack restocks and toilet breaks.

Lord of the Rings Gold Coast Film Festival

Films at the Footy: Titans Cinema – Friday, April 23

Prepare for a night of Maximus entertainment! After the Titans take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at CBUS Super Stadium on Friday, April 23 you can stay on to witness Russel Crowe in Gladiator. It’s a nice tie-in. Crowe is owner of the South Sydney team after all….

The Stadium is a new addition to Gold Coast Film Festival’s pop-up cinemas lineup and what a perfect spot to watch an epic, battle-heavy movie in our very own Colosseum.

Films at the Footy Gold Coast Film Festival

Burleigh Brewing Cinema

Date night or Sunday sesh, grab your mates and knock back a craft beer at Burleigh Brewing while you take in a flick featuring iconic Australian talent on the outdoor screen. Order an ale, pull up a deck chair and swoon over a young Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne in gritty crime comedy throw back, ­Two Hands  (Sunday, April 18). Or catch Gold Coaster, Margot Robbie’s Oscar-nominated performance as embattled figure skating champion, Tonya Harding in, I, Tonya (Thursday, April 22).

Burleigh Brewing Cinema Gold Coast Film Festival

View the full festival program and get your tickets to screenings here.

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Kirra Smith
Kirra Smith

An experienced Gold Coast writer and photographer, Kirra has called this sparkly city home for over 12 years. A lover of travel, good food and all things art and culture, she is passionate about telling the stories of the incredible people and businesses that make South East Queensland so beautiful.


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