Now in its 20th year, the Gold Coast Film Festival will deliver an abundance of films, industry panels and unique events to the Gold Coast from 20 April to 01 May 2022.

As the city’s flagship film event, the Gold Coast Film Festival continues to endorse the region as a major filmmaking destination and is committed to growing the screen industry on the Gold Coast as a whole.

WHY SUBMIT TO GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL?

• AACTA-Award Qualifying Film Festival for Features
• We endeavour to fly selected filmmakers, cast and crew to the Gold Coast during the festival
• Dedicated award/prize categories for Australian features, shorts, scripts and web series
• Filmmakers can gain professional development through relevant, useful and engaging Q&As, panels and workshops
• Opportunities to make valuable connections with Queensland and national industry guests
• A number of prizes available for category winners (more information on prizes coming soon!)
• Free entry for Gold Coast filmmakers - head to gcfilmfestival.com/submissions for more information

We highly encourage entries from independent filmmakers and films with creative leads from under-represented backgrounds.

We accept feature films, short films and web series from Australia and around the world as well as feature film scripts from Queensland-based writers.

FEATURE FILMS
• PKF Best Australian Film - open to all Australian features
• Blackmagic Design Best Australian Indie Film Award - open to independent Australian features

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

SHORT FILMS
• Best Australian Film
• People’s Choice
• Runner-Up Best Film
• Best Screenplay
• Best International Film
• Best Film by a Gold Coast Resident
• Best Actor

WEB SERIES
• Best Australian Web Series
• Best International Web Series

QUEENSLAND FEATURE FILM SCRIPTS
• The Heaton Group Queensland Screenwriting Award – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize

MORE INFORMATION ON PRIZES COMING SOON!

FEATURE AND SHORT FILM CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

Gold Coast Film Festival (including SIPFEST) will take place 20 April - 01 May 2022. 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.
3. The film must be completed in the past two years with completion date after 1 January 2020.
4. Feature films must be 70 minutes+

To be eligible for consideration, all submissions must meet the following requirements:
• Films must not have been (or will not be) broadcast on television or publicly screened, distributed or exhibited in a physical location within the state of Queensland, Australia, prior to 20 April 2022. The only exceptions to this requirement are for private screenings held for cast, crew or investors, and film-school graduation screenings.
• Films must not have been (or will not be) available commercially online and accessible from the state of Queensland , Australia, either for free or via on-demand services prior to 20 April 2022. Screenings as part of a digital or online festival are permitted if the festival is for a limited run and geoblocked such that access by Australian viewers is prohibited.

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 20 April - 01 May 2022.
2. You agree to provide GCFF with a downloadable version of the short Film or DCP of the feature Film by no later than 7 March 2022.
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 Australian 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.

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 01 January 2020)
• Short films are screened open-air so we reserve the right to bleep any swear words as we see necessary
• All non-English language series must be dubbed or subtitled in English. If selected, the screening version must also be dubbed or subtitled.

WEB SERIES RULES
• We accept all new web series or any series produced from 1 January 2020 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 - must submit 2 episodes.
• 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 25th 2021).

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

The Gold Coast Film Festival selection jury will select 3 series as finalists. The finalists will screen at the 2022 Gold Coast Film Festival as ‘Official Selection’. The winners for each category will be announced at the 2022 Gold Coast Film Festival.
• Screening of one episode is guaranteed, and a second episode will be screened if total run time of both 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 7, 2022 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.

QUEENSLAND FEATURE FILM SCRIPT RULES
• All scripts must be submitted in English.
• Length of script submitted must be at least 70 pages. It is recommended it is below 120 pages, however there is no maximum page number that will be accepted.
• Applicants must also submit a synopsis paragraph
• Submitters must be living and based in Queensland at time of submission.
• Entrants may submit more than one script but each script must be submitted as a separate submission and payment.
• All scripts must be submitted in PDF format and formatted in industry standard.
• All scripts submitted must be applicant’s own original work and applicant must have all rights to submit script.
• Entrants agree, that if chosen as the winner, they will take part in a live script read of their entry script in front of an audience at the Gold Coast Film Festival in April 2022. The festival will work with the screenwriter to source local actors for the read.
• A prize will be awarded to the winner at the Gold Coast Film Festival 2022. In the event the in-person awards ceremony is cancelled or rearranged due to Government regulations, the awards ceremony will take place online and winners will be awarded prize money.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted.
• No revisions will be accepted after the screenplay has been submitted.
• Judging: Scripts will be judged on several different criteria (including, but not limited to, structure, premise, and entertainment value). Awards, selections, and decisions are final.
• Co-Authors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide how many authors to list on the application and who will be the primary contact e-mail. Awards are given per entry, not per author and awarded author must be a Queensland resident.

GOLD COAST ENTRY FEE WAIVER:
In 2022, we're waiving submission fees for Gold Coast filmmakers across all submission categories. To receive your free entry code, visit www.gcfilmfestival.com/submissions.
Terms and conditions:
- Maximum 10 entries per person using the fee waiver code
- Submitter must be Gold Coast-based and a Gold Coast address must be entered when submitting
- If shortlisted as a finalist or winner, the person who submits the project will be acknowledged as the finalist - no transfers allowed.
- Gold Coast Film Festival reserves the right to cancel or refuse a submission if the fee waiver code is used but the submitter and/or submitter's address is not Gold Coast-based
- Fee waiver is only available for future submissions, cannot be applied to already submitted entries

In the event that the Gold Coast Film Festival's in-person events are cancelled, restricted or rearranged due to COVID-19 or any other Government regulations, GCFF will award all prizes to winners either during a digital awards ceremony or otherwise. Submission fees will not be refunded in the case of restrictions to the Festival.

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  • Jenna Robertson

    It was a lovely experience to be part of the 2021 GCFF

    June 2021
  • D.C. Fairhurst

    I unfortunately wasn't able to be there - But the communication from the festival was superb and all my friends who attended the screening had a great night. Thanks for including our short!

    May 2021
  • Enzo Tedeschi

    I've been lucky to be a part of GCFF's screening program more than once, and each time it is a wonderful experience. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

    May 2021
  • Maxime Chefdeville

    Good communication, good vibes !
    Thank you Gold coast

    May 2021
  • TJ Power

    Well pivoted in the COVID-19 era. The SIPFEST category was held online & run impressively with all the hurdles thrown at them. They kept a wonderful spirit, communicated clearly & treated their filmmakers & audience with class!

    May 2020