Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival


Thurs, 5 – Sun, 8 Oct   |   Various Times


Gympie Civic CentreMellor Street, Gympie



Gold Season Festival Pass $250

Flexi10 $130 : 10 standard session passes

Flexi 5 $130 : 5 standard session passes

Opening Night Welcome Ceremony, Films + Party $50

Opening Night Films + Party $25

Standard Sessions :  Adults $18   Conc $14

Child under 12 $7    Group 10+ $13pp

Family session pass : 1 or 2 adults +  up to 4 children $36 (Sunday only)


Industry masterclasses, a spectacular opening night gala, awards night party and more than 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


Nestled within the golden hills of Gympie, housed in the grand auditorium of the Civic Centre, is the loveliest film festival in Australia. Running from 5-8 October 2017, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival programs carefully-crafted short films from around the world that deeply resonate with the viewer.

The four-day program includes industry masterclasses, a stunning opening night gala, awards night party and more than 30 sessions of shorts from all genres that best capture Heart of Gold’s vision to screen films that are heart-warming, thought-provoking and entertaining.

This year, in celebration of 150 years of Gold Discovery in the Gympie Region – ‘Discovery’ will play as a major theme. We hope to show films that shine a light on sidelined topics, peoples or regions of the world. At Heart of Gold, we believe to break through to the audience on an emotional level takes a special kind of storytelling magic. Our films can be edgy, they can be groundbreaking and they can be downright hilarious – as long as they beat with a good, strong heart.

Over ten years, Heart of Gold has become renowned for its high quality international program, which is largely thanks to a very unique, two-part screening system.

The films are first viewed by the festival’s artistic director and passed onto small screener groups, who gather in lounge-rooms across Gympie to review and score the countless, cherished submissions. This makes Heart of Gold films not only treasured by the community around them, but also sure to stand the test of time nationally and abroad.


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’).

The Jury



Special guest juror Michael Caton has performed in television, theatre and film both here in Australia and abroad during a career spanning over 40 years. Well known for his riveting and hilarious role as Darryl Kerrigan in the much loved (and much quoted) feature film The Castle, and for playing Uncle Harry in the Australian television series, The Sullivans, Caton has hosted his own shows including Hot Property, and starred in classic TV shows such as Stingers, Packed to the Rafters and Blue Heelers. Caton has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame and won an AACTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in the feature film Last Cab to Darwin. Michael hails from Monto in regional Queensland, and went to boarding school in Gympie, which is where his love of acting started.


In his long career, David Tiley has been a researcher, writer and director in documentary, community and corporate education, and a science magazine show for television, both in Australia and the UK, with a side order of script editing in fiction. He has worked for Film Victoria, the former Australian Film Commission, CSIRO, Open Channel, AFTRS and Melbourne University, though the majority of his knockabout professional life has been as a freelancer. Since 2005, he has edited Screen Hub, and crafted a distinctive mix of curiosity, humour and objectivity.



Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has been working in the industry for over eight years across a broad range of productions including short films, documentaries, long-form projects and television commercials. Lucy’s short film “Dream Baby” was had its World Premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, won Best Film at Heart of Gold Festival 2016 and went on to win the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Short Film. Lucy recently spent three months as an observing Director at the Juilliard School of Drama in New York before being selected by the ADG & Essential Media to direct an episode of the Channel 9 series Doctor Doctor.



Roger is an award-winning Australian screenwriter. Roger won the Australian Film Institute, Independent Film and Critics Circle awards for best script for the feature film Walking On Water (2002). It also won the Teddy award and Siegessaule Prize at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and special mention at BIFF. More recently Roger wrote episodes for the multi award-winning and Emmy nominated Nowhere Boys. His pilot episode was nominated for an AWGIE Award. Roger was a writer on The Doctor Blake Mysteries S3 and co-creator and writer of East of Everything, and a writer on TV shows Dance Academy and The Secret Life of Us.


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

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