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Gold Coast Film Festival 2016

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Gold Coast Film Festival
Gold Coast Film Festival

The Gold Coast Film Festival is back this year with 38 films from 15 countries, including six Australian premieres and seven Queensland premieres from 31 March – 10 April 2016. The festival program features a diverse range of films, events, seminars and workshops.

Gold Coast Film Festival
Gold Coast Film Festival

The festival will open with the Queensland Premiere of the film Eddie the Eagle on Thursday the 31 March. Inspired by true events the movie tells the uplifting story of Michael Edwards, better known as 'Eddie the Eagle', the courageous British ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The world's first contemporary Australian Indigenous dance movie will début with director Stephen Page first feature film called Spear.

YScreen is new this year and is a program of films and workshops for children and teens, set to encourage young audiences to become active viewers, stimulate critical discussion of film in classrooms and provide an insight into other cultures and ways of life.

As part of the Women In Film initiative, for the first time all festival films have been screened through Alison Bechdel's Bechdel Test. This is a list of criteria to determine whether films have realistic female characters and story lines.

Gold Coast Film Festival
Gold Coast Film Festival

Gracie Otto will speak at the annual Women In Film Luncheon on Friday the 1st of April. She is an Australian actor, film producer, writer, editor and director. Gracie produced a feature documentary called The Last Impressario and recently set up an all-female production company, The Dollhouse Collective.

Gold Coast Film Festival
Gold Coast Film Festival

Claudia Karvan has been awarded the 2016 Chauvel Award for her significant contribution to Australian cinema. Claudia is one of the special guests at the film festival who will be part of the event on Saturday the 9 April, David Stratton In Conversation With Claudia Karvan. The night will be an intimate look at Karvan's career, accompanied by footage from her films and moderated by film critic and previous Chauvel Award recipient, David Stratton.

A number of films will have their Queensland premiere at the festival – Broke, Girl Asleep, Louder Than Bombs and Australian thriller Observance.

The festival will close on Saturday 10 April with Australian drama and Toronto Film Festival favourite, A Month of Sundays, starring Anthony LaPaglia.

Tickets for all events and films are now on sale at the Gold Coast Film Festival website.
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Why? Gold Coast's Biggest Film Festival
When: 31st March to 10th April 2016
Phone: 0404 844 494
Where: Various locations on the Gold Coast
Cost: Adults $15, Concession, Child $13, School Group $8
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