Supanova Pop Culture Expo / Gold Coast Film Festival

April – time to let your inner geek shine!

As if the gorgeous Gold Coast doesn’t have enough to offer lucky holidaymakers, this April brings Supanova Pop Culture Expo and the Gold Coast Film Festival to the region.

Both massive events in their own right; Supanova and the Film Festival are held from April 8 to 10 and March 31 to April 10, respectively.

Held at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, a short drive from The Grand Apartments in Labrador, Supanova has been running since 2000, and has been described as the Australian equivalent to the United State’s well-known Comic-con expo.

Supa Nova Expo

Supanova Pop Culture Expo                                                             April 8-10

Supanova features celebrities from your favourite TV shows and movies, stalls relating to comic books, animation/cartoons, science-fiction, pulp TV and movies, toys, console gaming, trading cards, fantasy, entertainment technology, books, internet pop culture movements and fan-clubs.

Cosplay (costume roleplay) is a popular aspect of the expo for local, national and international visitors, with many dressing up as their favourite character from a variety of media. Each and every year, Supanova features a cacophony of colours, ideas and concepts, drawing sell-out crowds and positive reactions across the Australian media sphere.

This year, the expo will be as busy as ever, with some big name entertainers coming along to meet and greet with adoring fans.

Expect Jack Gleeson, who plays Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones, Christopher Judge, from Stargate SG:1 and X-Men and Allison Mack from Smallville, Wilfred and Buffy – quite the line-up, and one sure to excite dedicated fans.

Supa Nova full of entertainment on the Gold Coast

Alongside a massive number of exhibitors and general activities, you can also take part in Extreme Cosplay Chess or Anime Trivia.

Tickets to the event range from about $30 to $70, depending on whether you’d like a weekend pass or day pass and whether you’re paying at the door. Kids enter free with a paying adult.

Supanova will be held Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, on the corner of the Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach.

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Gold Coast Film Festival                                                                    March 31 – April 10

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Film Festival, held at various venues across the northern and mid Gold Coast, is an annual 10 day event celebrating all aspects of film from one of the nation’s top filmmaking locations and holiday destinations – the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Film Festival on the Gold Coast

With flicks ranging from internationally acclaimed dramas, to comedies and genre films, unique Japanese anime, locally made indie movies and family features, the film festival offers a diverse, interactive and charming program of film, events and special guests.

For filmmakers and students, the festival runs free seminars and workshops aimed at educating, inspiring and embracing the Gold Coast as a filmmaking destination.

This year will mark the 14th annual festival, and it will feature roughly 100 film and film-related events in different locations,

In 2015 the festival attracted over 12,000 visitors from the Gold Coast and further abroad.

Organisers say international filmmaking was introduced to the Gold Coast in the late 1980s and last year films such as UnbrokenSan Andreas and Pirates of the Caribbean have chosen the Gold Coast to shoot their multi-million dollar films.Gold Coast Film Festival Award evening

Academy Award winner John Cox holds the position of festival patron, and the event’s board consists of industry figures including Mike Selwyn (Paramount Pictures) and producer Chris Brown (The Railway Man, Daybreakers).

While staying in the region in March you can also enjoy an extensive range of surfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing and other waterborne experiences, suiting kids and adults alike.

Combine our world-renown beaches, celebrated dining and leisure venues and our famous laid-back atmosphere, and you won’t find a more appealing holiday location than the Gold Coast, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, family escape or solo stay.

For more information about short stays at The Grand Apartments, or accommodation for your annual holiday or business trip, call (07) 5552 6000, or email