Gold Coast Film Festival submissions now open for 2018

You’ve put blood, sweat, tears and money into your short or feature film, and now it’s time to build your film’s profile and find audiences.

The Gold Coast Film Festival brings diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and film events to the Gold Coast, and in 2017, they became an AACTA-Award qualifying film festival for feature films.

The Gold Coast is a location with a heritage of filmmaking, with international filmmaking introduced here in the late 1980’s. Fast-forward to 2017 and major international films ‘Unbroken’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Thor: Rangarok’ and ‘Aquaman’ have chosen the Gold Coast’s incredible locations and highly competent crew to shoot their multi-million dollar films.

The 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival ran across 11 days in April 2017 with over 90 film and film related events in 13 different Gold Coast locations, the festival entertained and inspired over 15,300 people.


SIPFest, otherwise known as the Shorts in Paradise Festival, is an annual showcase of the best short films from across Australia.

Thrillers, dramas, comedy, documentary and more of a (guide) classification ‘M’ or below will be judged by a panel of industry experts and awarded $8,000 in prizes. The audience can also cast their vote on the night for the people’s choice award.

SIPFest 2018 will run on the famous Surfers Paradise beachfront, Sunday April 22, 2018

If you have a short film under 10 minutes produced in the last two years, enter it into SIPFEST 2018.


  • AACTA-Award Qualifying Film Festival for Features
  • They look after indie filmmakers and will try wherever possible to fly selected cast/crew in and accommodate you.
  • You can take part in professional development through relevant, useful and engaging Q&As, panels and workshops – in 2017, they offered industry panels and over 150 guest speakers, panellists or moderators, including Aquaman EP Rob Cowan, Dressmaker producer Sue Maslin, actress/producer Claudia Karvan and many more!
  • Opportunities to make valuable connections with Queensland, national and international industry guests
  • SIPFEST offers some great cash prizes – $8000

The GCFF highly encourage entries from films with female creative leads. They deliver a program that supports equality with a commitment to having 50% women speakers across the festival, all films rated by the Bechdel Test and Australia’s first film festival childcare offering.


Deadline is 8 January and Late deadline is 4 February 2018. Head to FilmFreeway to submit.

Find more information about SIPFest submissions here.


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