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Film on the Gold Coast

We attract international film and television to produce on the Gold Coast.

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Film attraction

Australia’s Gold Coast has a long and proud tradition of film and television production. The city is an enviable filming location for any production company due to the diverse range of easily accessible locations, world-class Village Roadshow Studios, professional and highly-skilled production crews and a unique Film Attraction Program. We are also the only local government in Australia to provide incentives to attract film and television productions to our city.

“We have a huge base of crew out of the Gold Coast that have been working with us, really professional and have really pulled off a lot of miracles for us." - Rob Cowan, Executive Producer for San Andreas.

Why film on the Gold Coast?

  • Home of internationally renowned Village Roadshow Studios
  • world-class film and television production crews and equipment
  • access to two international airports; a 13-hour direct flight to Los Angeles, an 11-hour flight to Shanghai and a one-hour flight to Sydney
  • a sub-tropical environment with similar temperatures to Los Angeles
  • a diverse range of easily accessible locations
  • film friendly local Government with a generous Film Attraction Program
  • a fibre optic cable network that provides some of Australia’s fastest internet services
  • the largest Wi-Fi network in Australia
  • a strong local industry and education providers specialising in film and television.

Major productions filmed on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has attracted international and national production companies to the region to film over $1.9 billion of feature and television productions including: Aquaman; Thor: Ragnarok; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; San Andreas; Unbroken; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Fool’s Gold; Nim’s Island; The House of Wax; Peter Pan; Ghost Ship; Scooby Doo; and television series Terra Nova; H20: Just Add Water (seasons 1, 2 and 3); and Mako: Island of Secrets (seasons 1 and 2).

Australian productions filmed on the Gold Coast include The Railway Man, Bait 3D, and Sanctum 3D.

Diverse and accessible locations

The Gold Coast is famous for its beautiful sub-tropical climate, 57 kilometres (35 miles) of coastline, 260 kilometres (161 miles) of waterways and world heritage-listed rainforests. The diverse range of accessible locations allows for any landscape to be replicated within the region.

From emotive city or country scenes, beautiful beaches and sub-tropical rainforests, to a unique blend of architecture, scenic roads and city locations, the Gold Coast offers production companies easily accessible locations all within a 30 minute radius of the Village Roadshow Studios.

Visit the Gold Coast Reel Scout Locations Directory to view detailed images of over 150 filming locations in the region.

World-class studios

The Village Roadshow Studios offers world-class film production facilities comprising nine sound stages, three water tanks, ten production offices, editing suites, wardrobe, makeup, construction, paint and carpentry workshops.

As one of the largest studio lots in the Southern Hemisphere, stages vary in size with an overall floor area of 14,564m2 (156,731 square feet). All sound stages are equipped with current industry standard facilities including air conditioning, extraction fans, steel grids and catwalks.

The water tank has a surface area of 1200m2 (12,915 square feett), holds six million litres of water and has state of the art filtration and heating systems that allows the tank water to be heated to 32°C (89.6°F).

World-class crews

The Gold Coast’s film industry is powered by some of the world’s top filmmaking talent boasting a range of international credits. Experienced Heads of Department and world-leading technicians at the peak of their craft have worked on some of the world’s most complex physical productions.

Recent productions powered by locals include New Line’s San Andreas, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Warner Bros’ Aquaman. Catering for a diverse range of budgets, crews are multi-skilled, versatile and cover a wide variety of formats ranging from television series to feature films, movies of the week and pilots.

Fibre optic network on the Gold Coast

The City is the first Council in Australia to invest in 864-core carrier grade fibre optic network with capacity to deliver 1Gbps internet service. This is 60 times faster than the average internet service. Our aim is to provide a digital infrastructure network that has greater capacity and an efficient, cost-effective way to move large footage files overseas during production.

The network was utilised during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and roll-out will continue over the next two years.

Find out more about Digital City as well as the City's investment into the Gold Coast fibre optic network.

Film attraction program

The City is committed to developing, assisting and promoting the city’s film and television industry. We provide a Film Attraction Program that incorporates a suite of services such as location assistance, a streamlined film permit application and approval process and a financial incentive package.

We are the only local government in Australia to provide incentives to attract film and television productions to our City. Eligible productions include feature films, documentaries, television production and mini-series. These incentives are in addition to those available through the State and Federal governments.

The financial incentive package is designed for those productions considering the Gold Coast as a film location. Applications will be assessed on:

  • approximate value of the production (minimum AUD1.5 million spend on the Gold Coast)
  • duration of the production and approximate percentage conducted on the Gold Coast
  • approximate number of jobs and economic impact created on the Gold Coast during these periods.

Note: Applications must be made prior to commencing principle photography on the Gold Coast.

Submit online application

Incentives and financial assistance packages

Value of production undertaken on the Gold Coast (AUD) Assistance Cap (AUD)
$1.5–3 million $30,000
$3–5 million $40,000
$5–10 million $50,000
$10–15 million $60,000
$15–25 million $80,000
Over $25 million $100,000

Applications must be made prior to commencing principle photography on the Gold Coast and will need to include:

  • completed online application form
  • budget top-sheet
  • a document detailing estimated Gold Coast expenditure and approximate number of Gold Coast jobs.

This program is in addition to the incentives available through the State and Federal governments.

More information

For further information, please contact the City on:
Phone: +61 7 5581 7269

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