Gold Coast Film Festival rolls out its most family-friendly program yet for 2019

Gold Coast Film Festival focuses on the next generation of filmmakers with a monster lineup of family events.

With tickets on sale from today, the 12-day festival will for the first time feature an everyday program for children including acting, filmmaking and photography workshops, a dedicated schools program and free outdoor movies across the city.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher says her team relished the chance to inspire a passion for filmmaking and screen culture in the next generation of film buffs.

“Filmmaking has never been a more exciting process and we want to give children an insight into what it takes to make magic both in front of and behind the camera. From photography, acting and filmmaking workshops and in-cinema experiences, there is something for everyone in this years program.”

And with this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival falling in the Easter school holidays, it was the perfect opportunity for the beloved annual event to devise a robust program for youngsters.

Returning as the official venue partner in 2019, HOTA, Home of the Arts, CEO Criena Gehrke is excited at how the program is inspiring the next generation of artists, critical thinker and creatives.

“I believe it’s essential that we give kids opportunities to learn, engage and be immersed in the arts,” she says. “I can’t wait to see the adventurous, creative kids taking the lead at these events.”

An expected family favourite will be ‘Blind Cinema’, which will see a row of blindfolded adults sit in the darkness of a movie theatre while children seated behind them whisper descriptions of what is unfolding on screen. Workshops facilitated by internationally acclaimed, Britt Hatzius, will teach the children how to verbally describe a visual story, develop performance skills and expand their knowledge and critical eye of film.

Other family-friendly events include a free showing of ‘Red Dog’, Headshots with Aaron Chapman (also free), Little Art Labs, Workshops on acting and shooting scenes, as well as a schools program and free outdoor superhero film showings.


The Gold Coast Film Festival runs from 3 to 14 April and will feature more than 100 films, panels, parties and events, including unique pop-up outdoor cinemas on the beach, in the Hinterland, in a laneway and even floating on a boat. For tickets and more information, visit



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