Our very own Gold Coast Film Festival has joined the top tier of film festivals in Australia, with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announcing today that Gold Coast Film Festival has been selected as an official AACTA Award qualifying film festival.
This means that the Gold Coast now join the ranks of Melbourne International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival as one of only seven film festivals in Australia (and the only one in Queensland) that Australian films must screen at, in order to qualify for a nomination at the AACTA Awards.
The Gold Coast Film Festival, now in its 15th year, has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, largely due to the massive efforts of its Director, Lucy Fisher, and the small and dedicated team.
The AACTA Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence – including screenwriting, producing and acting, through to cinematography, composition and costume design – across more than 45 Awards each year. As Australia’s highest film and television Awards, the AACTA Awards are Australia’s equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs, so for the Gold Coast Film Festival to be included in the list is a significant development.
The Gold Coast’s cultural position as a premier film destination is further strengthened by this acknowledgement.