Surfers Paradise Festival

The Festival of Film, Music, and Dance is hitting Surfers Paradise on the 6th and 7th of April. It celebrates the film industry on the Gold Coast, showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers.

Plus, the festival includes a performance by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, a live performance by the GOGI Dance Collective, and several film screenings on the beachfront stage including Dance Academy: The Movie and Strictly Ballroom. The event transforms the iconic Surfers Paradise beachfront into an iconic open-air cinema.

Part of the festival includes SIPFEST (Shorts in Paradise). The finalists are competing for a share in prize money. Award categories up for grabs including Best Film, Runner Up, Best Film – People’s Choice, Best Film by a Gold Coast resident, Best Film Showcasing Surfers Paradise, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Another part of the festival, named B.OLD was created to celebrate our ageing population and challenge the way society views ageing. 

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw says the entertainment offering of the Festival of Film, Music, and Dance has continued to evolve over time and the addition of SIPFest and B.OLD to the 2019 line-up further amplifies the festival as a must-visit for movie buffs and families alike. “This festival not only provides an important opportunity for filmmakers, but it also contributes to the development of art and culture in Surfers Paradise and on the Gold Coast as a whole.”

SIPFest will be screened from 7pm on Saturday, April 6 while B.OLD short films will screen from 6:30pm on Sunday, April 7. Info:

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