The Gold Coast Film Festival is excited to announce the return of Hollywood screenwriting legend Todd Farmer, who will execute an intimate two-day writing master class.

Todd’s first script, Jason X, was the tenth instalment in the Friday the 13th series, and was followed by a film based on one of his stories,  The Messengers starring  Twilight’s Kristen Stewart,  directed by the Pang brothers and produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures.  His most famous script came to life in 2009 with the reboot of a Canadian horror classic,  My Bloody Valentine 3D – one of the few films of the decade released in 3-D before Avatar. It was a major success, grossing over 100 million dollars worldwide.  Most recently, Farmer has made the supernatural revenge thriller Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner.

Farmer  has  further  penned the screenplays  for  Halloween 3D and Weinstein’s  Hellraiser and is currently working on a one-hour dramatic TV series with producer Mike De Luca (The Social Network) and a slate of films to be shot in Australia. 

The master class will be held at the Sofitel at Broadbeach, Gold Coast on Monday April 22 and Tuesday 23 2013 and is limited to 40 participants only.  During the two day session, there will be an allocated period where Farmer will hear all aspiring writers’ individual pitches and provide feedback to participants, which is invaluable to both aspiring and current writing practitioners.   

The master class fee is $444.38 (which includes GST and a $9.88 booking fee) guaranteeing that those people attending will be serious about learning the craft.

For more information please visit the festival website –

How did you become involved in the GCFF? What is your work background? And your current role with the festival?

I came to the GCFF in 2009 after leaving Magna Pacific as the Head of Theatrical Acquisition and Distribution. So my background is as a solicitor and then in marketing and distribution. Currently I am the Festival Director of the GCFF, so I do everything from the programming to marketing to funding etc etc.

What makes the GCFF unique?

We are a pop culture film festival and we aim to work with Supanova to extend and ameliorate fan experiences.

Has the partnership with Supanova Pop Expo proven fruitful?

Yes very. 2012 was our most successful year on record and I hope 2013 will be even bigger.

What is you long term plan for the festival?

I’d like to see us become the pre eminent pop culture film festival in Australia and have people come from interstate and from overseas to stay on the Gold Coast to attend our event and other pop culture events on around our event, such as Supanova.

How can people help spread the word and become involved?

People should like us on FaceBook and follow us on Twitter and check our website . We are always looking for volunteers close to the event. I also welcome people to send me messages through the website or facebook recommending films they have heard about or suggesting sessions or seminars that they would like to see at the film festival!



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