Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

DATE & TIME

Thurs, 5 – Sun, 8 Oct   |   Various Times

LOCATION

Gympie Civic CentreMellor Street, Gympie

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COST

Session Passes, Festival Passes and Golden Tickets TBA

Featuring

Industry masterclasses, a spectacular opening night gala, awards night party and up to 30 sessions of shorts from all genres

Presented by

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

Phone: 07 5482 4547

Email: info@heartofgold.com.au

Website: heartofgold.com.au

ABOUT

Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival is one of the sparkling gems in the crown of Australian film festivals. We like to think it has extra sparkle thanks to its unique mission: to showcase well-crafted films from around the world that deeply resonate with the viewer.

At Heart of Gold, we believe it takes a special kind of storytelling magic to break through to the audience on an emotional level, and we’re all about celebrating films that do just that.

The four-day program includes industry masterclasses, a spectacular opening night gala, awards night party and up to 30 sessions of shorts from all genres that best capture Heart of Gold’s vision to screen films that are positive, witty, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, enlightening and ground-breaking. They can be edgy, they can be thought-provoking and they can be downright hilarious – as long as they beat with a good, strong heart.

All films in the festival compete for the Best Short Film award, which carries a generous prize of $5000. Other award categories include: Best Australian Short Film, Best Student Short Film, Screener’s Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Younger at Heart (for budding high school filmmakers).

Over the last ten years Heart of Gold has become renowned for its high quality program which is largely thanks to a very unique, two-part screening system. The films are filtered through the festival’s artistic director and passed onto small screener groups, who gather in lounge-rooms across Gympie to review and score the countless, treasured submissions.

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival has become renowned for its high quality programme which is largely thanks to a very unique, methodical two-part screening system. All films are filtered through the festival’s artistic directors, and small groups of screeners that gather in lounge-rooms in Gympie, to review and score the countless submissions.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Emily Avila

Emily Avila is a filmmaker currently working in scripted development at renowned Australian production company Essential Media & Entertainment (producers of ‘Rake’ & ‘Jack Irish’). She is also the artistic director of the 9th Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival. Emily recently produced the short film ‘Dancing Goat’ (w./d. Sam Dixon) and is developing the feature film ‘Our Mother the Mountain’ (w./d. Sam Dixon) which was selected for Screen Queensland’s inaugural Projector development initiative. Emily’s directorial debut short, ‘In a Cane Field’, was selected as one of four Screen Queensland Short Fiction films to be fully financed and produced in 2016. Emily formerly worked as an assistant to Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman at See-Saw Films (producers of ‘The King’s Speech’ & ‘Top of the Lake’)

Founding Juror

Holly Pittman

Holly has been a member of the Noosa Film Society since 2004 and is currently on the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival management committee contributing with research, marketing and publicity.

Holly regularly attends international film festivals, both in Australia and overseas, including short film festivals such as Tropfest, the Manhattan Shorts and Flickerfest. She brings in-depth knowledge and a keen passion for film to the jury, of whom she has been a part since the inaugural Heart of Gold festival in 2006.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Event site: 32 Mellor St, Gympie, Queensland

Access: Entry to the site is via the carpark at Mellor St

Parking details: Free parking onsite + street parking in surrounded streets

Disability Access: Disability parking and entry ramp close to the front of the building. Wheelchair space at the back of the Heritage Theatre.

Seating: Theatre seating, standing, chairs and lounges throughout the venue

Food + beverage: Food and drink will be available on site. The venue is also a short stroll away from cafes + restaurants in the heart of Gympie

 

PRESENTING PARTNERS

MEDIA PARTNERS

PARTNERS

PARTNER WITH RUSH FESTIVAL

If you are interested in becoming a partner or friend of Rush Festival please get in touch for more info

Email : events@gympie.qld.gov.au

Phone : 1300 307 800

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