THE FESTIVAL
The Gold Coast Film Festival brings diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast.

As the city’s flagship film event, the Gold Coast Film Festival promotes the Gold Coast as a major Australian filmmaking destination, helps develop the filmmakers and crew working in the local industry and is committed to supporting the continued economic benefit and job creation by the screen industry in the region.

In 2017, we became an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival for feature films.

Our location is one with a heritage of filmmaking, with international filmmaking introduced on the Gold Coast in the late 1980’s. Fast-forward to 2017 and major international films Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thor: Rangarok and Aquaman have chosen the Gold Coast’s incredible locations and highly competent crew to shoot their multi-million dollar films.

The 16th annual Gold Coast Film Festival ran across 12 days in April 2018 with over 110 film and film related events in 13 different Gold Coast locations, the festival entertained and inspired over 16,000 people.

SIPFEST
SIPFest, otherwise known as the Shorts in Paradise Festival, is the annual short film festival with $8000 in cash prizes and an unbeatable beach cinema location!

SIPFest transforms Surfers Paradise beach into a vibrant and unique cinema, delivering a unique outdoor film experience like no other in Australia. With sand below and stars above, the crowd enjoys 14 finalist short films.

From drama to comedy (and everything in-between) short films of a (guide) classification 'M' or below will be judged by a panel of industry experts and awarded $8,000 in prizes. The audience can also cast their vote on the night for the people’s choice award.

SIPFest 2019 will run on the famous Surfers Paradise beachfront with thanks to Surfers Paradise Alliance, on Saturday 6th April 2019.

If you have a short film under 15 minutes produced in the last two years, enter it into SIPFEST 2019 - part of the Gold Coast Film Festival.

>>>>WHY SUBMIT TO GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL?<<<<

- AACTA-Award Qualifying Film Festival for Features
- We look after indie filmmakers and will try wherever possible to fly selected cast/crew in and accommodate you.
- Dedicated award/prize categories for Australian features, shorts and web series
- You can take part in professional development through relevant, useful and engaging Q&As, panels and workshops - in 2017, we offered industry panels and over 150 guest speakers, panellists or moderators
- Opportunities to make valuable connections with Queensland, national and international industry guests
- SIPFEST offers some great cash prizes - $8000
- $10,000 in camera equipment for the Blackmagic Design Best Australian Indie Film
- $1000 cash prize to the PKF Best Australian Indie Film Peer Award
- $500 cash prize for Best Australian Web series

We highly encourage entries from films with female creative leads. We deliver a program that supports equality with a commitment to having 50% women speakers across the festival, all films rated by the Bechdel Test and Australia’s first film festival childcare offering.

If you would like to speak to any filmmakers who have screened at GCFF in the past, please let us know - we'd be happy to put you in touch.

We accept feature films, short films and web series, from Australia and around the world.

^^^FEATURE FILMS^^^
We are an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival for feature films.

In 2019, we’ll be awarding our third Blackmagic Design Best Australian Indie Film Award for best feature film. The winner will receive $10,000 in camera equipment thanks to Blackmagic Design!

We'll also be awarding the PFK Best Australian Indie Film - Peer Award. Thanks to PKF Accountants and Business Advisors, the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize plus a DaVinco Resolve 14 Studio from Blackmagic Design!

For international filmmakers, all "Official Selection" films will be paid a screening fee.

***SHORT FILMS***
$8,000 up for grabs in eight categories of SIPFEST, thanks to Surfers Paradise Alliance.

Best Australian Film: $3000
Runner up Best Australian Film: $1000
Best International Film: $500 (NEW PRIZE!)
People’s Choice: $1000
Best Film by a Gold Coast resident: $500
Best Film showcasing Surfers Paradise: $500
Best Screenplay: $1000
Best Actor (male or female): $500

### WEB SERIES ###

Best Australian Web Series - $500 cash prize
Best International Web Series
Best Comedy

SHORT FILM RULES:
• We accept Australian and International short films up to a maximum 15 minutes in length, including credits.
• Short films must have been completed within the last 2 years (after 1 May 2017)
• Short films are screened open-air so we reserve the right to bleep any swear words as we see neccessary
• All non-English language series must be dubbed or subtitled in English. If selected, the screening version must also be dubbed or subtitled.

FEATURE AND SHORT FILM CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

Gold Coast Film Festival (including SIPFEST) will take place 3-14 April 2019. By submitting your film (Film) to Gold Coast Film Festival (Festival), which is organized by Gold Coast Film Fantastic Ltd (A.C.N. 098 091 260) (GCFF), you (Filmmaker) agree to the following:

1. All the information provided either through the online entry form or through email correspondence with GCFF is true and accurate.
2. You either own the rights to, or have permission to use, the footage, sound, music, images and all other contributions that are part of the Film to the extent necessary to submit the Film to the Festival and, if accepted, screen the Film at the Festival. Please note: if you have any doubts about any of the rights in the Film, you must notify the Festival at the time of submission.

If your film is selected to screen as part of Gold Coast Film Festival:
1. You grant GCFF a royalty-free, non-exclusive, Australian license to screen the Film between 3-14 April 2019.
2. You agree to provide GCFF with a downloadable version of the short Film or DCP of the feature Film by no later than 5 March 2019.
3. GCFF will prepare professional session compiles at its own cost for screening at all its venues. You grant GCFF all necessary rights to copy and otherwise reproduce the Film for the purpose of making such compiles and otherwise screening the Film and promoting the Festival and GCFF.
4. You must notify GCFF immediately if any of the rights in the Film become disputed or a claim is made against you in relation to the Film.
5. You must indemnify GCFF and the Festival from all claims made against GCFF or the Festival arising from or in connection with the submission of the Film, or any infringement of any intellectual property in connection with the screening of the Film as part of the Festival.
6. You grant GCFF and the Festival a royalty-free, non-exclusive worldwide license to use film excerpts, film stills, press kits and other promotional materials from the Film for publicity and promotional purposes in relation to the Festival, including on its website.

WEB SERIES RULES
• We accept all new web series or any series produced from 1 May 2017 to present.
• Qualifying web series must have at least two completed episodes at the time of submitting.
• Episodes cannot exceed 20 minutes in duration. Series with episodes exceeding 20 minutes are welcome to submit a shortened version(s) of an episode(s) for judging purposes
• Two completed episodes of the series must be submitted for consideration. If selected, the submitter may then choose episode(s) for screening as per screening guidelines below.
• All non-English language series must be dubbed or subtitled in English. If selected, the screening version must also be dubbed or subtitled.
• If episodes are private or not publicly available, submitter must provide link and password for Gold Coast Film Festival. Please provide a link, Vimeo link, Youtube playlist or Dropbox link for each episode being submitted.
• Work-in-progress web series will not be accepted.
• Each season of a web series is eligible for separate submissions but must be submitted as separate entries.
• By submitting to Gold Coast Film Festival, the submitter automatically grants GCFF a non-exclusive, royalty-free Australian license to use their marketing materials for PR and Marketing of the festival.
• Entrants may submit an unlimited number of series, however each series requires an individual submission and payment.
• All submissions must remain available online in the same format as submitted for the duration of the judging process and until the end of the Gold Coast Film Festival (April 14th 2019).

Conditions for screening of ‘Official Selection’ web series at the Gold Coast Film Festival:

The Gold Coast Film Festival selection jury will select 8 series as finalists. The finalists will screen at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival as ‘Official Selection’. The winners for each category will be announced at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival.
• Screening of one episode is guaranteed, and a second episode will be screened if total run time of episodes is less than 20 minutes.
• In addition to the episode(s) for screening, the selected series is to submit:
o Minimum 3 high res press images for the series (.jpeg format)
o The official trailer/teaser of the submitted web series (max. 2 minutes)
o A promotional poster of the web series
• At the time of notification of ‘Official Selection’, the web series must notify the Gold Coast Film Festival of the exact total run time of the episode(s) which will be screened – either one episodes or two if total run time is under 20 minutes
• Web series for screening at the Gold Coast Film Festival must be delivered to GCFF as a DCP drive or Blu-Ray DVD by March 5, 2019 at the latest. Series received after this date may not be allowed to screen during the Festival

WEBSERIES CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

By submitting your webseries (Film) to Gold Coast Film Festival (Festival), which is organized by Gold Coast Film Fantastic Ltd (A.C.N. 098 091 260) (GCFF), you (Filmmaker) agree to the following
1. All the information provided either through the online entry form or through email correspondence with GCFF is true and accurate.
2. You either own the rights to, or have permission to use, the footage, sound, music, images and all other contributions that are part of the Film to the extent necessary to submit the Film to the Festival and, if accepted, screen the Film at the Festival. Please note: if you have any doubts about any of the rights in the Film, you must notify the Festival at the time of submission.
3. You must indemnify GCFF and the Festival from all claims made against GCFF or the Festival arising from or in connection with the submission of the Film, or any infringement of any intellectual property in connection with the screening of the Film as part of the Festival.

Overall Rating
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  • It was my first year in attending the festival and I really enjoyed the evening and seeing my film on the big screen on the beach at Gold Coast. Wonderful atmosphere and I encourage other filmmakers to submit for this festival!

    May 2018
  • Lauren Bailey

    It was fantastic to be involved in SIPFEST. Festival staff were helpful, communicative and welcoming. We attended some great events and panels during the festival, and the opportunity to meet other filmmakers and network was also great. We were lucky enough to pick up some awards for our film, which was especially exciting and rewarding, and will hopefully help us in our future endeavours. All in all, it was really great to be a part of the festival!

    October 2017
  • Sarah Bassiuoni

    SIPFEST was a lovely evening. The quality of films was high and there was a great crowd. There was a filmmakers section so that we could meet each other.

    May 2017