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Silver screen turns golden for Gold Coast Film Festival

The Famous for Fun Gold Coast has rolled out the red carpet as budding silver screen enthusiasts arrive in Queensland for the highly-anticipated 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, joined filmmakers at Surfers Paradise tonight to officially open the 13th Gold Coast Film Festival, in one of the state’s leading filmmaking destinations.

“The Gold Coast Film Festival celebrates Queensland’s premier film and screen culture, exploring the art of film-making from feature length and indie films to foreign language and genre classics,” Minister Jones said.

“Queensland boasts the best live events in the best destinations and the annual Gold Coast Film Festival is an example of an iconic visitor experience set against a backdrop of pristine beaches and stunning hinterland.

“More than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s festival at venues throughout the Gold Coast.

“The Palaszczuk Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, recognises the importance of events such as this in growing tourism for the State.

“Tourism supports approximately 30,000 jobs on the Gold Coast, and a growing tourism industry means more jobs for Queenslanders.”

The festival offers a range of activities including film screenings, free seminars and workshops, and networking events to encourage local filmmakers to develop their passion for producing movies, while promoting the Gold Coast as a premier event destination.

The Gold Coast Film Festival runs from 9-19 April 2015, and is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast.

For more information, visit gcfilmfestival.com

Media Contact: Emma Smith (Minister Jones’ Office) 0417 405 879