Gold Coast Film Festival gives sneak peek at 2017: Floating cinema, The Dressmaker director, Flickerfest and more

Gold Coast Film Festival is the City’s flagship film event, with organisers today unveiling their most ambitious program yet. Held from 19-30 April, the 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will bring an action-packed program to Queensland, captivating audiences with a host of film screenings, events and interactive workshops. We are excited to be able to present Gold Coast film lovers with a sneak peek at a handful of the 70+ events happening throughout.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will introduce a one-night-only floating cinema on Thursday 21 April, featuring the Zoolander Model Boat Party. The open air screening atop Wyndham Cruises’ brand new vessel ‘Spirit of Elston’ will be themed entirely around the 2001 cult film Zoolander and feature the film’s signature orange mocha frappuccinos, a red carpet for attendees to strut their stuff, a Blue Steel photo stage, model characters from the film, and classic tunes of the 90s and naughties.

“It is part of our focus on creating distinctly Gold Coast events that bring cinema to life and highlight the best of the Gold Coast lifestyle and landscape,” says festival director Lucy Fisher.

“The Zoolander Model Boat Party will certainly be a fun, quirky addition to our line-up in 2017.”

Award-winning producer Sue Maslin will be the special guest speaker at the third annual Women In Film lunch at QT Hotel’s Bazaar on Friday 21 April.

Maslin’s latest film The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, opened at the number one spot at the Australian and New Zealand box offices and was awarded the highest grossing Australian film for 2015/2016 at the Australian International Movie Convention. Maslin is a strong advocate for women in screen, and is currently Patron of Women in Film and Television Victoria and President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship.

The festival will also hold a Movie Trivia Night for lovers of all things cinema at QT Hotel on Wednesday 26 April. Guests can test their movie knowledge with a night of fun, frivolity and cold hard facts, plus complimentary finger food, a cash bar and lucky door prizes including movie merchandise and vouchers.

In addition to the main festival program of events in April, the Gold Coast Film Festival announced other exciting film events planned for the city in March including Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival.

The festival has also partnered with the Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival to bring guests an ‘Adaptation: Script to Screen’ panel event with multi-award winning writer, director and producer Rachel Perkins. A panel of writers and filmmakers will join Rachel Perkins, director of Australian film Jasper Jones on Thursday 16 March as they discuss the journey of adaptation, from script to screen.

YScreen is also back this year. Yscreen is a program of entertaining and intelligent films and workshops that seeks to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life. Zach’s Ceremony is a five year documentary in the life of a young indigenous boy as he is challenged by the temptations of adolescence, while My Life As A Courgette agains looks at a child’s journey but this time through the medium of stop-motion animation.

The full program of film and events will be announced early March for eager festival goers.

Tickets are now on sale for selected events including the Zoolander Model Boat Party, Women In Film Lunch, Flickerfest, Movie Trivia Night, YScreen (schools only) and Adaptation: From Script to Screen.  Please visit for more information.

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