AACTA Festival: Beyond the Screen

A four-day entertainment festival with more than 70 events!

8 Feb - 11 Feb 2024
AACTA Festival: Beyond the Screen

Lights, camera, Gold Coast – the AACTA Festival, February 8 to 11.

The Australian Academy Presents the Inaugural AACTA Festival. 

With more than 70 film, television, music, gaming, pop culture and family events coming to the Gold Coast. 

Step into a world beyond the screen, at AACTA Festival! Join The Australian Academy where you can go behind the scenes of your favourite films, TV shows, and games. Learn from some of Australia's best directors, writers, TikTokers, gamers and artists!

8 Feb - 11 Feb 2024
Please note, ticketing is managed externally by AACTA.


The AACTA Industry Awards Ceremony will kick things off on Thursday February 8, followed by a day of industry events, masterclasses, and creator discussions on Friday. Saturday February 10 the AACTA Awards Ceremony will welcome all the stars on the red carpet. Finishing on Sunday February 11 with an array of screenings, live music, kids events, acting workshops, meet-and-greets, and more. Sunday will also feature the Screen Careers Expo presented by Essential Screen Skills, running all day and offering pathways for anyone wanting to break into the industry. It promises to be a great day out for the entire family. 

AACTA Festival will provide an opportunity to go behind the scenes of your favourite films, immerse yourself in the industry's latest trends, meet your favourite stars, network with screen practitioners, and learn more about the exciting world of Australian film, TV, gaming, music and more. Most events predominantly free to attend.

Cinematic highlights include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Matrix; an animation deconstruction of international blockbuster Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and a deep dive into the stunt work from Mad Max: Fury Road. Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman), and producer Paul Currie will give audiences an exclusive look of their upcoming Australian film Better Man starring singer Robbie Williams. Iconic Australian musician Russell Morris (The Real Thing) will takes part in an exclusive in-conversation with composer David Hirschfelder, and audiences can hear from Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid on the progress of the film franchise currently being shot in Queensland.

Many of Queensland’s top writers will attend and be showcased in the festival, including Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe, and Holly Ringland author of Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. In addition to this audience can hear from Nick Earls, Lystra Rose, Mathew Condon, Richard Jameson, Tristan Michael Savage, Ben Hobson to name just a few.

Alongside these, the festival will host a series of Meet the Creators eventspanel discussions with internationally renowned talent including directors Danny and Michael Philippou (Talk to Me), Warwick Thornton (The New Boy), and the team behind the hit TV show The Newsreader. Our Meet the Nominee panels offer a chance to hear from some of Australia’s biggest stars, producers, and directors, nominated for a prestigious AACTA Award. The festival also features a wide range of topical industry panels covering various aspects of the screen industry, from the future of AI and streaming to First Nations truth-telling and storytelling panels. Also included are range of online gaming ‘Let’s Play’ events, and an immersive art experience led by globally acclaimed painter, actor, and musician Stan Yarramunua.

There will be fun for the whole family, with a whole program of kids events, including Play School LIVE event, kid’s acting workshops

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AACTA Screen Careers Expo
Past Event
Sun 11 Feb

AACTA Screen Careers Expo

Presented by AACTA and Essential Screen Skills

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