The 2021 Gold Coast International Film Festival will be our most unique festival to date with a combination of In-Person screenings, Virtual film screenings and Outdoor events.


To protect the health and safety of festival participants and our local community, we’ve instituted the following policies:

All festival attendees at indoor events will be required to show proof of vaccination status. This includes filmmakers, audiences, sponsors, staff, and volunteers. Attendees must carry proof of vaccination status on their person at all times and  will be asked to show proof of vaccine at the door for each event.

To show proof of vaccination, all attendees will have to provide a completed vaccination card or official digital pass to prove full vaccination has been completed at least 14 days prior to Opening Night (October 10). Visit epass.ny.gov to download New York State’s free Excelsior Pass or download the NYC COVID Safe App (Android | iOS) for seamless entry.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks covering the nose and mouth are required for audiences at all screening venues. For the safety of everyone, guests unable to wear proper face coverings will not be admitted into the venue or will be asked to leave if unable to comply with policy.

Indoor venue capacities will be reduced to ensure social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided at all GCIFF venues and we encourage attendees to make use of sanitizer before entering indoor spaces.

GCIFF requests that you do not attend the festival if any of the following is true of you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have tested positive for—or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for—COVID-19.
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention).
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have travelled to any international territory identified by the federal government or New York State as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, we continue to closely monitor and follow all local, state, and national public health guidelines and will update these policies as necessary.


We ask that all attendees wear masks. There may be some activities at our outdoor events where masks are required. For the safety of everyone, guests unable to wear proper face coverings at such outdoor activities will not be permitted to participate if unable to comply with policy.