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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18688

Mrs MAY (1:49 PM) —For four days in August the Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast hosted the second annual Gold Coast Film Fantastic. The film festival showcased something for everyone, from horror and science fiction films for adults to a blockbuster animation favourite for the kids. The festival has been driven with passion and commitment by local councillor Jan Grew. It has always been Councillor Grew's dream to have a successful film festival on the Gold Coast—modelled on the world-renowned Brussels Festival of Fantasy Film —and the second year of the festival was even more successful and bigger than the inaugural festival in 2002. Founding patrons of the Gold Coast Film Fantastic are Oscar winners Peter Frampton from Braveheart and John Cox from Babe, who joined Councillor Grew and members of her committee, including George Friend and Graham Teys, for the launch of this year's festival.

The festival included a great range of free activities and entertainment. Residents were given the opportunity of going behind the scenes and attending free workshops or demonstrations. Topics included drama, film and effects make-up, digital editing at home, scriptwriting, animation, lighting, the computer game industry and body painting. Along with the workshops, the film festival presented a superb selection of 21 films, including commercial pre-releases, a number of applauded local and Australian made titles and some not to be missed international products. The aim of the Gold Coast Film Fantastic is to create an entertaining event that will bring together a broad audience, be embraced by the community and attract key players in the film industry, including practitioners, educators and students of film production. (Time expired)