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A celebration of rule-breakers and trailblazers

4 Feb 2021

A celebration of rule-breakers and trailblazers

The Gold Coast Film Festival team are back and they’re bringing a line-up of pioneers and social mavericks with them.

Keen to set 2021 off with a bang, GCFF are kickstarting the year with a three-day festival celebrating the trailblazers that shaped our world and inspired generations. Sifting through political giants, spotlighting societal nonconformists, and sporting ceiling-shatterers, these films remind us of the personal price many have paid to push forward into a new world.

The GCFF Team highlighted the timeliness and relevance of the festival:

‘The theme “trailblazers” definitely set the mood for 2021. After a tough year in 2020, and now we’re seeing more hard times in 2021, I think audiences are really looking for something uplifting and inspiring to enjoy when heading to the cinema.’

‘The theme has helped us to get motivated for the 2021 Gold Coast Film Festival as well. GCFF was one of the first major festivals to be cancelled, but we pivoted quickly and delivered some exciting events online. Coming into 2021, we’re pushing forward and planning for our first ever in-person and online program – so no matter rain, hail or global pandemic, there will be a Gold Coast Film Festival in April.’

The program spotlights a variety of impactful figures from all walks of life, with the GCFF Team considering a broad curation of films a key feature to inspire their audiences:

‘We were really interested in being able to showcase trailblazers from different areas – not just political trailblazers or people pushing for change – but the people who have shaped all the different aspects of our society – sport, music, film, and politics. A real highlight, and a must-watch, is the Queensland premiere of Girls Can’t Surf on Tuesday 9 February. The Gold Coast is the perfect place to connect with it and we’re thrilled to present such an inspiring film about the women surfers who challenged the establishment and fought to be taken seriously as athletes. Surf legend Wendy Botha will be joining us for a Q&A after the film, moderated by Cheyne Horan, which will be an amazing experience.’

‘The program is really broad, so if you’re looking to be challenged, Trailblazers will deliver, but if you’re just after a great film that will stick with you long after your visit, then you’ll find some really great gems in the program.’

The Trailblazers Film Festival will be a pick-me-up for the beginning of the year. Be sure to pick-up your tickets and browse the program here.