2012 program detailed below. The 2013 Gold Coast Film Festival full program will be announced in February!
From 10am Monday 23rd April
For the first time in its ten-year history, the Gold Coast Film Festival, presented by Australia Fair Shopping Centre, will be hosting a day of FREE secondary schools seminars for future filmmakers and those curious about the industry and all its possibilities on April 23rd at the Robina Community Centre. The day will feature discussions with both national and international industry experts.
To begin the day, students will have the opportunity to meet writer Alan Dean Foster. Foster has written well in excess of 100 novels and is revered for his ability to adapt other mediums to the page, from films to video games, and to create amazing science fiction and fantasy worlds. He is best known for his science fiction novels set in the Humanx Commonwealth, an interstellar ethical/political union of species including humankind and the insectoid Thranx, and his fantasy series, Spellsinger, in which a young musician is summoned into a world populated by talking creatures where his music allows him to do magic.
Foster has also produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as Star Wars, the first three Alien films, Alien Nation, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek, Terminator:Salvation, and both Transformers films. Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adaptation of an original computer game.
The day will also feature a panel hosted by GCFF Festival Director Casey Marshall Siemer which will focus on career pathways into film making and will feature well known producers Cathy and Mark Overett (Iron Sky, Unfinished Sky, Separation City) and Todd Fellman (A Few Best Men, Bait 3D, Mental) as guests. The panel will focus on a simple yet powerful question: how do I become a film producer? The discussion will break down the value of tertiary study and practical experience, along with all the possible pathways to achieving goals in the industry.
Representatives from Bond University will also speak about BUFTA, the Bond University Film and Television Awards and how students can win a full scholarship to Bond University.
From 1pm local animation house Visual Monkies Studio will hold a manga and anime drawing workshop for students from years 8-12. Discover the styles and techniques of this unique art form originating from Japanese comic books. Learn to create and draw characters from the ground up with professional artists.
Schedule: GCFF Future Filmmakers! Secondary Schools Workshops
10am – 11: Science fiction and Fantasy writing workshop (Years 10-12)
11pm - 12.00pm: Career Pathways Panel: How do I become a film producer? (Years 10-12)
12.00 – 12.30: BUFTA: create your own short film and win a full scholarship to Bond University!
12.30 – 1pm: Lunch break.
1-3pm – Manga and Anime drawing workshop (Years 8-12)
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