Opening night sees the premiere of sci-fi flick Iron Sky, a film Kaleem Aftab from The Independent (UK) said is more savvy and clever than Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards.
Retrospective films to be screened include Gallipoli, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Hong Kong film Enter the Dragon.
Anime is back and fans of Tite Kubo's Bleach will be in for a treat with the screening of movie three Fade to Black, followed by a Q&A session with director Noriyuki Abe and voice of Ichigo, Masakazu Morita.
Bleach fans will continue to be spoilt with the Australian premiere of the fourth movie Hell Verse.
There is free outdoor films for the family on the Southport Broadwater Parklands with The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep, Oakies Outback Adventures, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hong Kong film CJ7 screening.
So whatever film genre you like, there is something for everyone at this year's Gold Coast Film Festival while support local and overseas film makers.