Gold Coast Film Festival unveils grand program

Grab your friends and grab your tickets – the 19th annual Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF) is officially back in action with the launch of its special events program now revealed.

From a secret rooftop cinema screening of Clueless to a Pink Party celebrating the 20th anniversary of cult classic Legally Blonde, the jam-packed special events program invites movie lovers to escape to a world of film on the Gold Coast, whether it’s on a rooftop, in a brewery, or even in the sky.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director, Aimée Lindorff said:

Gold Coast Film Festival is known for bringing film to life through its unique pop-up cinema events in beautiful Gold Coast locations and we’re excited to be able to showcase these events again in 2021.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the 19th annual Gold Coast Film Festival’s special events program was another reason to be on the Gold Coast for Easter.

For anybody wanting to live it large with all the glamour of the big screen this Easter, then the Gold Coast is the perfect long weekend Queensland escape. This special events program showcases the Gold Coast’s glamour and reputation as Australia’s film making capital. The Palaszczuk Government supports events like this because we know they bring visitors, highlight the Gold Coasts’ visitor experiences, support jobs and our COVID economic-19 recovery.

The launch of the special events program offers cinephiles plenty to get excited about before the full program is announced on March 10, including decadent foodie pairings at QT Gold Coast’s Eat The Screen: Food and Film Festival, and a pop-up cinema at Burleigh Brewing Co. celebrating home-grown talent with showings of Two Hands (starring a young Health Ledger and Rose Byrne) and Margot Robbie’s Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya.

But it’s not just for the adults. Sky High Cinema will take your movie viewing experience to new heights, with family-friendly screenings across two weekends during the school holidays. Kids and parents alike can catch their favourite ‘flying’ flicks including Dumbo, Aladdin, How to Train Your Dragon and more, from the lofty vantage point of the Q1’s Skypoint Observation Deck.

For serious screen queens (and kings), Music and Movie Trivia at the QT Gold Coast is sure to put your film knowledge to the test, while the must-attend Women in Film Lunch presented by Screen Queensland returns for an afternoon of networking and speakers celebrating the stories, perspectives, and experiences of women working in the Australian screen industry, including a three-hour buffet in the gorgeous surrounds of Bazaar, QT Gold Coast.

The special events are part of a wider program of more than 100 films, panels, parties, and popup events across the Gold Coast and online from April 14–25.

Mayor Tom Tate, City of Gold Coast said:

We’re thrilled to roll out the ‘gold’ carpet for the festival, welcoming local and interstate visitors to Australia’s favourite playground. We’re excited to see the Gold Coast once again transform into a hub of all things film, with old and new favourites screening across the region from Coomera to Coolangatta.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will operate under stringent COVID safety guidelines, providing patrons with a safe environment to enjoy their favourite films.

Special events tickets are available from Wednesday, February 17, via the Festival website.

For further information on the Festival including updates and the full event program, visit the Gold Coast Film Festival website.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

Welcome back Indian Motorcycle! A Major Partner of Cooly Rocks On.

Major Events Gold Coast welcomes back Indian Motorcycle as a Major Partner of Cooly Rocks On.

After nearly a year of having all major events on hiatus due to covid-19 associated restrictions, it is just a little bit exciting to see more and more events filling up our personal must-attend calendars.

From Major Events Gold Coast’s perspective, it’s even more heartening to witness the appetite of brands and businesses wanting to leverage our events, to regain an emotional connection with engaged audiences. Digital marketing coupled with e-commerce certainly helped many brands survive or even thrive in 2020, but there is a real sense in the market now that in 2021, brands are ready to get out there again and connect!

One such brand that MEGC is delighted to have back on board for 2021, is Indian Motorcycle. An exciting new sponsor of the 2019 Cooly Rocks On, Indian was all set for a 2020 partnership, until the festival like others across the world, was sadly cancelled.

Indian was America’s first motorcycle company established in 1897 and had a long and proud history until the 1950s when there were several challenging changes in ownership and direction. In 2011 the company was thankfully acquired by Polaris Industries and since then, Indian Motorcycle has re-joined the trail blazed by the company’s early pioneers in the first half of the 20th century. The present-day Indian Motorcycle Company combines high-performing technological innovation, rewarding partnerships, and an ever-expanding line-up of authentic, iconic bikes.

Lisa Lees, General Manager, Marketing & Communications said

Indian is a picture-perfect partner for the 2021 Cooly Rocks On* which has evolved into Australia’s largest Rock ‘n’ Roll and nostalgia festival. A signature event on the Queensland calendar, the festival attracts thousands of Rock ‘n’ Roll and vintage car and bike enthusiasts looking to celebrate the music, memories and moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Having Indian and their premium American motorcycles on display at the festival is an added attraction for festivals fans to learn more about Indian and perhaps get up ‘close and personal’ for a photo opportunity with the iconic motorcycles.


Tom Mendey, Snr. Marketing Specialist, Indian Motorcycle, Australia & New Zealand added

Following a successful partnership in 2019, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Cooly Rocks On once again in 2021. Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company and a brand that is vastly intertwined with American culture, history and its future. After a tough 2020, we’ve put the call out to our riders and will be hosting the 2021 Indian Motorcycle Riders Gathering in the heart of Australia’s largest celebration of Americana – providing the perfect backdrop for a celebration of our brand, our motorcycles and our riders. We’ll be returning with our multi-story Indian Motorcycle HQ and displaying the full range of Indian Motorcycles with genuine Indian Motorcycle apparel for sale. Plus, we’ll be unveiling a brand new Indian Motorcycle to the public! We can’t wait to see you there”


If you would like to make an enquiry about partnership opportunities with Major Events Gold Coast, drop us a line at

* The 2021 Cooly Rocks On will be held June 9 – 13, 2021 in Coolangatta QLD and is proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast.


Gold Coast beach will turn pink at new Rosé Coast festival

An exciting new event is joining the Gold Coast event calendar in 2021, adding a pop of colour and good times in a celebration of everything that makes coast-life the only-life.

The Gold Coast will be transformed into a sea of pink and white as a wave of rosé lovers wash up on Kurrawa Beach to experience the inaugural, Rosé Coast Gold Coast, Saturday, 1 May 2021

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Gold Coast skyline in Broadbeach, guests will discover an impressive line-up of Australian rosés alongside beers, ciders and cocktails accompanied by a curated gourmet food menu.

The ultimate beach party is made complete with beach games and masterclasses including Wine Selectors and wine education. Beachgoers can also awaken their inner artist at the Pinot & Picasso art classes and sand sculpting workshops, or simply relax and let endota spa Broadbeach look after you with a massage and skin consultation – all set to an upbeat soundtrack, with live tunes across the day from the resident Rosé Coast DJ.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the event is a sure fit for the City.

A key focus of our new Major Events team is to expand and diversify our annual events program. This event fits that bill perfectly. I applaud the organisers for seeing their way through the challenges of COVID-19 and making Rosé Coast Gold Coast happen in 2021. Let’s raise our glasses to bubbles, beers, ciders and cocktails.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO, Jan McCormick said,

As an event which fits our destination so perfectly, I am delighted to welcome Rosé Coast Gold Coast to our city. I encourage those attending to get the full Gold Coast experience by extending their visit, with an abundance of boutique and luxury hotels just a stone’s throw from the event.

Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly with the entry price point of only $49, with the option to upgrade to the exclusive VIP Beach Club experience. Pre-sale tickets will go live on Monday, 22 February with the Second Release to follow on Thursday, 25 February.

For further information on the Festival including updates and the event program, visit the Rosé Coast website.

Rosé Coast Gold Coast is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

Gold Coast celebrates the return of another major event in 2021

Organisers of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon have hit the ground running this morning after announcing that entries for the 2021 event will open at 9:00 am on Monday 15 February.

While celebrating the return of Australia’s most popular holiday marathon event for its 42nd edition, the announcement provides a welcome boost to Queensland’s major event and tourism economies.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he is thrilled to see the event back after the coronavirus-driven loss of the 2020 edition of the IAAF Gold Label marathon saw the Gold Coast miss out on millions of dollars in economic impact.

The value of this event to the Gold Coast cannot be underestimated. Every winter for over 40 years, the marathon and associated events have enticed thousands upon thousands of interstate and overseas visitors to escape to the Gold Coast from their colder home climates for an unmatched sports holiday experience. While we will miss our international runners this year, by staging a successful event in July the Gold Coast will showcase to the world we are again open for major events business.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks General Manager of Marketing Renee supported today’s announcement.

“Village Roadshow Theme Parks is proud to support this iconic event as naming rights sponsor,” Ms Souter said.

“The event showcases the Gold Coast like no other and with the numbers of visitors this event attracts each year, I know just how important the marathon and other major events are to the Gold Coast’s tourism economy.

“When the runners and their families come to the Gold Coast they stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our shopping centres, and of course visit our theme parks.

“The team at Village Roadshow Theme Parks are right behind the marathon weekend and I call on other Gold Coast businesses and our community to get behind this time-honoured and iconic event,” she said.

Gold Coast Events Management CEO Cameron Hart acknowledged the challenges of planning events under COVID-safe health regulations.

“We have seen other smaller events adapting to the ‘new normal’ of event delivery with tight health regulations, social distancing and other responsible management measures,” Mr Hart said.

“Subsequently we have developed extensive plans to balance all the health regulations while providing a world class running experience on course,” he said.

Mr Hart said several crowd management initiatives will be implemented this year.

“This year we have moved the ASICS Half Marathon from the Sunday to the Saturday to spread our crowd more evenly and we’ve cancelled the usual pre-race check-in centre and expo in favour of mailing out race kits.

“We have also implemented wave race starts, and we’ll be providing personal protection equipment to the runners.

“Our priority this year is to deliver a positive running experience for our recreational and elite runners upon which we will rebuild a solid foundation to grow the event beyond pre-COVID levels in the future,” he said.

The 2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon will be run on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July.

The event, with revised race day schedules and modified courses, will start and finish at the spectacular Broadwater Parklands.

For further information on the event including updates, programming and registrations, visit the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon website.

The 2021 Village Roadshow Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

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