Gold Coast Film Festival special events: What’s on in 2021

Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is set to return in 2021 with a jam-packed program of more than 100 films, panels, parties, and pop-up events across the Gold Coast and online from 14 to 25 April.

The 12-day film festival will feature uniquely Gold Coast events including rooftop cinema, poolside flicks at QT Gold Coast, and outdoor movies in a brewery, alongside premiere film events, world cinema, a gala awards ceremony, and the festival’s first ever online program.

“Rain, hail, shine, or pandemic, there will be a festival in 2021 with all events and screenings shaped to stringent COVID safety guidelines, providing cinema-goers a safe environment,” says Gold Coast Film Festival Director, Aimee Lindorff.

Alongside a full program of films, to be announced in March, fan-favourite special events are once again on the line-up, with tickets available for purchase now: 

LEGALLY BLONDE 20TH ANNIVERSARY PINK PARTY

It’s time to bend and snack!

Grab your Delta-Nu girl gang and welcome sorority queen Elle Woods back to the screen for the 20th anniversary of Legally Blonde.

Head to The Green from 6pm to enjoy pink cocktails and courthouse munchies before the film screening at 7.30pm. Varied seating will be available including chairs, lounges and bean bags on a first-in basis.

Tickets $35, including a ‘Bend and Schnapps’ cocktail and ‘Warner’s Weiner’ hotdog on arrival.

Saturday 24 April | 6.00pm – 9.30pm | The Green, QT Gold Coast

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CLUELESS ON THE ROOFTOP

It’s time to grab your bestie and celebrate like Cher and Dionne with a special pop-up screening of the teen cult classic that gave us tartan skirts and knee-high socks – Clueless.

Relax into your beanbag, drink in hand, as the sun goes down and watch the best movie of the 90’s under the stars, set against the city lights at this secret rooftop cinema at Australia Fair. As if!

Tickets are $35 and include guaranteed beanbag seating, complimentary drink on arrival and movie screening under the stars. Restricted to ages 18+.

Friday 23 April, arrivals from 5pm for 6.30pm start | Australia Fair Shopping Centre

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BURLEIGH CINEMA

Celebrate home-grown talent while sipping local craft beer as we bring you two nights of free films starring Aussie favourites on the outdoor screen at Burleigh Cinema at Burleigh Brewing.

Kicking off on Sunday night, swoon over a young Heath Ledger as he battles a criminal underlord (Bryan Brown) and wins the heart of indie darling Rose Byrne in the gritty crime comedy throwback Two Hands.

Then pull up a deck chair and see Gold Coaster Margot Robbie’s Oscar-nominated performance as embattled figure skating champion Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.

Gates open at 6pm, film screens at 7pm | Burleigh Brewing Co – 2 Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads
Sunday 18 April | Two Hands. Thursday 22 April | I, Tonya.
Free, registration required. Restricted ages 18+.

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SKY HIGH CINEMA

Gliding, flying, swooping, soaring! Fly high these April school holidays at the Gold Coast’s iconic sky-high location, SkyPoint, with films that celebrate the magic of flying, exploring our universe and feeling the wind beneath your wings.

Over two weekends, enjoy six nights of family-friendly movies that will have the kids soaring with joy!

Films begin at 2pm each day:

  • Thursday 8 April – Dumbo (PG)
  • Friday 9 April – How To Train Your Dragon (PG)
  • Saturday 10 April – Up (PG)
  • Thursday 15 April – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (G)
  • Friday 16 April – Aladdin (PG)
  • Saturday 17 April – Mary Poppins Returns (G)

Visit skypoint.com.au for tickets.

MUSIC & MOVIE TRIVIA

Can you name every director in the Star Wars franchise in alphabetical order? Have you memorised the lyrics to the entire No Time to Die soundtrack? Were you the king of isolation trivia?

We’re on a mission to crown Gold Coast’s ultimate film and music trivia champions and want to have a lot of fun along the way. Teams of between two and five will come together for a night of cold hard facts and epic prizes presented in partnership with Gold Coast Music Awards and QT Gold Coast.

Book your tickets in advance, no tickets available at the door.

Tuesday 20 April | Ballroom, QT Gold Coast | 6pm arrivals for 6.45pm start

Tickets: $14 | Age: Restricted ages 18+

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WOMEN IN FILM LUNCH PRESENTED BY SCREEN QUEENSLAND

Returning in 2021, Women in Film Lunch, presented by Screen Queensland, celebrates the stories, perspectives and experiences of women working in the Australian screen industry.

Hosted by Bern Young from ABC Gold Coast, with an introduction from Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich, this exclusive event includes a sumptuous seafood buffet and three-hour drinks package in the gorgeous surrounds of the Bazaar at QT Gold Coast. Enjoy an interactive dining experience with Bazaar chefs serving you while discussing the dishes and providing tasting notes along the way.

Friday 16 April, 12.00pm-3.00pm | Bazaar, QT Gold Coast

Tickets are sold out for Women In Film Lunch. If you wish to be notified when more tickets become available, please join the waitlist below and we will email you if more tickets are released.

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QT BITES: EAT THE SCREEN

Eat the screen, QT’s ultimate sensory dining experience, will send your tastebuds wild.

Reach through the silver screen and devour the decadent meals dancing before your eyes with a curated food and film pairing where you can taste the meals from the movie.

Celebrate film, indulge in food and drink and escape around the world with your senses.

Includes:

  • Japanese and Mexican food stations from Yamagen and Stingray
  • Three drinks – Japanese cocktail, Sake and Margarita
  • Three short films celebrating Japanese and Mexican cuisine

Thursday 15 April, 6pm – 9pm | The Green, QT Gold Coast | Tickets $85, restricted ages 18+.

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With so much to see and do, festivalgoers who wish to book a trip for the Gold Coast Film Festival can get 20% off the best available room rate at the festival’s hotel partner, QT Gold Coast, by using the code ‘GCFF21’.

For more information, visit gcfilmfestival.com.

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