We love movies at HOTA, Home of the Arts. Year round our cinemas show an eclectic mix of arthouse, foreign and mainstream films in a relaxed, gold class style environment. And we really love sharing our home with the Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF). With more than 100 screenings, events, panels and parties across 11 different Gold Coast locations in 2018, the Gold Coast Film Festival has so much on offer.
Having just signed a three-year deal to make HOTA, Home of the Arts their home year-round, the Gold Coast Film Festival is going from strength to strength.
At HOTA we believe forming these type of creative partnerships is essential to support and grow local based arts companies. We’re all about supporting homegrown Gold Coast artists and creatives and believe art thrives when there is collaboration, mentorship and shared ideas.
Lucy Fisher has been the Director of the GCFF for the past three years and has seen firsthand the positive benefits of this collaboration with HOTA. ‘The partnership with HOTA is fantastic for us. Having our home at HOTA brings so many invaluable benefits. We’ve grown considerably since we’ve been based here – it’s amazing to have the time, space and support to focus on growing the Festival and our year-round activities’ she said.
The partnership with HOTA allows the Gold Coast Film Festival to be even more ambitious and flexible in their programming. With year-round access to the HOTA cinemas, and marketing support, they can screen local and low budget films without being constrained by financial concerns. Local and aspiring film makers get the opportunity to see their work on the big screen and gain credibility by being showcased and supported by a major venue and Festival.
‘Having access to the HOTA cinemas all year has opened up new possibilities for us. Instead of being caught in the trap of only being able to show mainstream movies that make money, we can support up and coming film makers and help them gain valuable exposure for their work’ said Lucy. The Gold Coast Film Festival also has access to the other event spaces at HOTA, regularly booking in guests and industry legends for intimate Q&As, panels and workshops.
But it’s not just venue spaces that HOTA is providing. Before his Australian exclusive performance for the opening of HOTA, creative superstar Tim Minchin took part in a relaxed and intimate Q&A session with a small group of local creatives. Tim shared his wisdom and the ups and downs he’s experienced navigating the film industry and Hollywood. It was an amazing opportunity to gain insights from such a prolific and successful artist.
Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO said ‘Like the Gold Coast Film Festival we’re all about supporting up and coming artists, creatives and critical thinkers. We know art comes alive when there’s collaboration and shared ideas so we’re always looking for opportunities for creatives to meet, collaborate and learn from some of the amazing national and international artists who visit us.’
The film industry on the Gold Coast is booming as we become such a sought-after movie location, and it’s fantastic for the local economy. More than $214 million was spent in our State last financial year from direct investment by domestic and international productions, with over 2000 direct jobs created by productions supported by Screen Queensland. Add to this the Queensland Government’s $30 million four-year funding injection in the screen industry and you can see why the future is bright for the film industry in Queensland. There’s no doubt the Gold Coast Film Festival will continue to inspire and delight audiences across the Gold Coast and beyond, and is firmly established as a major festival on the event calendar.