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  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia from 8-11 October 2015, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGIFF) is one of the gems in the crown of Australian short film festivals but we like to think it has extra sparkle thanks to its unique mission: To showcase well-crafted, nourishing and uplifting short films from around the world.

    The four-day programme typically sees an opening night, gala awards evening, ‘filmmaker presents’ slots and up to 30 sessions cram-packed with about 120 short films from all genres that best capture HOGIFF’s vision to screen films that are: positive, witty, whimsical, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, 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 heart!

    All films are competing for the best film award (which carries a prize of $5000) and other award categories including: Best Australian film, best student film, screener’s choice, best cinematography, best narrative, most inspirational, and artistic directors’ awards. HOGIFF judges certainly know ‘how to pick em’ as last year’s ‘best film’, The Phone Call, went on to take out the Academy Award for Best Short – Live Action.

    The 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.

  • Meet the Artistic Directors

    Our Artistic Directors (ADs) Mandy Lake and Margie Brown have had a very long love affair with Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGISFF or HOG for short!) – they got ‘gold fever’ back in 2006 when their very first film (the 10-minute doco, 'A Fowl Fairytale') was nominated for two awards at the inaugural HOG.

    And they’ve been making the trip - or filmgrimage as we like to call it - up to Gympie for just about every festival ever since!

    Their ABC TV documentary about a group of sprightly centenarians, 'The 100+ Club', was selected to screen at HOG in 2013 and ultimately went on to win the United Nations Association of Australia, Media Peace Award for Promotion of Positive Images of the Older Person.

    When Mandy and Margie are not AD-ing (is that even a word?!) for HOG, they’re headless chooks running their Brisbane-based film production company, Flickchicks.

    They’ve just finished hatching 'Snake Sheila', a 10-episode TV series for Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet International.

    The duo have big shoes to fill AD-wise and we’d like to pay tribute to all of the hard-working Artistic Directors before them (Toni Powell, Malcom Blaylock, Stephen Kanaris, and Tahnee McGuire), for programming such 24-carat festivals and helping grow HOG to the magnificent event it is today.

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    Left: Mandy Lake      Right: Margie Brown

  • Meet the Patron

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  • Meet the Board

    Chair: Claudia Granshaw

    Claudia has an engineering degree in wood technology from Germany and 20 years experience in the timber manufacturing industry in Queensland. She is married with two children and together with her husband now operates a dairy business east of Gympie. She has been involved with the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival from its very beginning in 2006 in key roles and has first-hand knowledge of running the festival. She was nominated to the board in 2014 and accepted the chairmanship in early 2015.

    Secretary : Greg Jones

    Greg has a Diploma teaching maths and science, a Bachelor of Education Studies and a Graduate Diploma Teacher Librarianship. He retired from teaching after 42 years. During that time he had 10 years as the information technology manager at a large high school. This involved preparing and managing the IT budget, supervising support staff, planning and implementing a major upgrade of the network from Novell NetWare to Microsoft server platform. He is qualified as a certified NetWare administrator and is an orange card holder with Education Queensland. During this time database management skills were developed including the writing of numerous web-based database applications used throughout the school for various administrative tasks. In his role as teacher-librarian, he oversaw a $1.1 million refurbishment, dealing with architects and contractors. He was also responsible for creating and managing the annual library budget and supervising and training support staff. Married with four adult children, Greg has coached junior soccer for eight years and was secretary of Gympie Lions Soccer Club for two of those years. Greg has been a volunteer for the festival since 2014 and was nominated as secretary early 2015.

    Treasurer: Elaine Thompson

    Elaine has a Diploma of Education from Kelvin Grove Teacher’s College. Her career includes 36 years as a primary school teacher, and 13 years as proprietor of her own small business in Gympie. She is a highly respected local businesswoman, is the chair of Gympie and District Financial Services Ltd which trades as the Gympie and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, the chair of CoolArts Gympie and treasurer of HOGISFF, Gympie Community Gardens, and Gympie Seniors Computer Club. She has been married for 53 years, has three adult children, 14 grand-children and the seventh great-grand child is due shortly. She has been a member of the board for three years.

    Scott Sturgess

    Scott has a BVSc from University of Queensland. He served in the Vietnam war in 1970. Over the next 40 years he worked in private practice and government veterinary clinics and was a political advisor in Borbidge government. He is married with two children and three grandchildren and currently grows lychees on his property east of Gympie. Scott has been involved with the Heart of Gold Festival as a volunteer for two years and is involved as a board member since January 2015.

    Lorraine Gay Lohse

    Gay is a business owner and training consultant with Skillcentred Queensland, a board member of Skillcentred Queensland and a board member of Peacebuilders International. She is the past president of Gympie-Cooloola Rotary Club and the current assistant governor of Inland Region District 9600 Rotary International for three consecutive years. Gay has been a member of the Heart of Gold board for two years.

    Rosetta Nancy Angas (Rose)

    B.A. (Film & Drama); Grad Dip Ed.; Cert Vet Nursing; Grad Dip Nursing. Rose has a strong administrative background primarily in community education and health, with an earlier career in commercial photography and promotions. Small business owner and primary producer in the Gympie area for 30 years, she is now semi retired. Regular "movie goer" and ardent fan of the short film genre and committed to promoting cultural activities in our rural area. Rose is currently involved in many community organisations and joined the Heart of Gold board in early 2015.

    Jennine Heymer

    Jennine Heymer (B.Ed. Studies) – With 19 years experience in the advertising and film and TVC industry, Jennine has worked as a production manager, brand developer and copywriter. Originally trained as a secondary teacher in the areas of drama and english, she now lives in the Mary Valley working as a freelance copywriter and supply teacher and joined the Heart of Gold Board in early 2015.

  • Meet the Judges

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LOCATION

Programme

  • 2015 PROGRAMME

    Our Artistic Directors and dedicated screener groups are still busily programming and selecting from the fantastic collection of films we’ve received from around the world but, in the meantime … please take a peek at our FESTIVAL PLANNER for a snapshot of this year’s golden sessions.

    View the 2015 FESTIVAL PLANNER PDF

  • 2014 PROGRAMME


    View the 2014 Programme PDF

  • 2014 Festival

    2014 Winners

    BEST SHORT FILM (SPONSORED BY THE SCHUH GROUP): The Phone Call
    BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM: The Amber Amulet
    BEST QUEENSLAND FILM: Teagan
    BEST YOUTH FILM: The Amber Amulet
    BEST ANIMATION: Rabbit & Deer
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Lady In Number 6
    BEST COMEDY: Funnel
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Aboriginal Heart
    BEST STUDENT FILM: All God's Creatures
    THE SCREENERS’ AWARD FOR THE MOST INSPIRING FILM: In The Nick Of Time
    MAYOR’S AWARD: Great Adventures

    SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS: Welcome To Iron Knob, Mr Hublot

    2013 Festival

    The 2013 Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival was a wonderful success with audiences and filmmakers alike enjoying Gympie hospitality and world-class short films.

    2013 Winners

    THE SCHUH & CO. BEST FILM AWARD: Asad
    BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM: Julian
    YOUTH FILM AWARD: Time
    BEST QUEENSLAND FILM: Mud Crab
    BEST ANIMATION: Nullarbor
    BEST COMEDY: A First Date
    SCREENER AWARD: The Interviewer
    LORD MAYOR’S AWARD: May
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: Umoja – No Men Allowed
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Lurujarri Dreaming
    BEST STUDENT FILM: Bino

    SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS: The River and Domo Boys

    2013 Program

    You can download the 2013 Program (pdf) here.
    Or view the full program on Festival Genius.

Mr Hublot
Director: Timothy Reckart

News

  • “YOUNG(ER) AT HEART” - SCHOOL AGE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

    Australian schools only

    Deadline for Entries Close: 18th September

    Lights, cameras, action! School students across the country are invited to submit their own short films as part of the 2015 Heart of Gold Festival. This is the perfect opportunity to get your students’ work judged and gain professional recognition. What’s more, the winner will receive the latest GoPro. Students can submit assessment pieces, foreign language films, documentaries or start from scratch. All we ask for is that all submissions be compliant with Department of Education guidelines and Heart of Gold values.
    Please go to the SCHOOLS page for full entry details.

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    2015 GENERAL SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

    A heart-felt thank you to all the filmmakers who have submitted, we’ll be in touch over the coming weeks!

    If you didn’t make it in time this year, we look forward to seeing your GOLD in 2016!

    We’d love to see you in Gympie from 8 - 11 October for the festival!

  • Entries Close soon!

    Entries for the Young(er) at Heart school competition close: 18th September.
    Please go to the SUBMIT page for full entry details.

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    gala festival pass

    (REGULAR PRICE $210)
    • Super early bird $150 (if purchased before 21 august 2015)
    • Early bird $190 (if purchased before 28 september 2015)

    standard festival pass

    (REGULAR PRICE $210)
    • Super early bird $100 (if purchased before 21 august 2015)
    • Early bird $140 (if purchased before 28 september 2015

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Great Adventures
Director: Gerard Lambkin

Submit

  • 2015 GENERAL SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

    A heart-felt thank you to all the filmmakers who have submitted, we’ll be in touch over the coming weeks!

    If you didn’t make it in time this year, we look forward to seeing your GOLD in 2016!

    We’d love to see you in Gympie from 8 - 11 October for the festival!

  • Award Categories 2015

    There’s a cash prize of $5,000 AUD for Best Short Film and there’s also cash prizes for all other award categories, as listed below:

    • BEST SHORT FILM ($5,000AUD)
    • BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST STUDENT FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • SCREENER’S CHOICE AWARD ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST NARRATIVE ($1,000AUD)
    • MOST INSPIRATIONAL FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • ARTISTIC DIRECTORS’ AWARD ($1,000AUD)

    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

  • ENTRY GUIDELINES

    IMORTANT DATES:
    Submission deadline: Entries must be received by 5pm, Saturday 18 July, 2015

    The festival will be held from 8-11 October, 2015 in Gympie, Queensland, Australia

    Award winners will be announced during the award night festivities on 10 October, 2015. We encourage all filmmakers to attend!

    Films should not have been made before 1 January, 2013.
    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

    ENTRIES FOR EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    5pm Monday 1 June 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $35 AUD
    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    ENTRIES FOR EXTENDED DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    5pm Saturday 18 July 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $50 AUD
    STUDENT - $35 AUD

    STUDENTS please note: Student films are eligible for all categories but students should make sure they submit their film in the ‘Best Student Film’ category, and indicate the following details: Name of tertiary institution, year of production, subject. To qualify as ‘student’, the filmmaker must be attending a secondary or tertiary institution (high school or university) and/ or have produced their film whilst enrolled as a student.

  • TERMS & CONDITIONS

    1. Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGIFF) is open to all film genres and films from all countries. However, film content should be in line with the festival’s ethos and vision. We are seeking films that are: positive, hilarious, witty, whimsical, nourishing, well-crafted, inspiring, thought-provoking, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, enlightening, ground breaking or edgy.

    If you are unsure of eligibility, please contact the festival’s artistic director at artisticdirector@heartofgold.com.au

    2. Films should not have been made prior to 1 January, 2013.

    3. The producer grants the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival the rights to:
    (a) Exhibit the film in the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival and any subsequent tour.
    (b) Reproduce the film for inclusion as part of a compilation.
    (c) Exhibit the production either in part or in total for promotional purposes.

    4. The producer warrants to the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material (i.e. if your film is based on a novel or poem).

    5. Entries will not be considered valid until the entry fee has been paid.

    6. Earlybird entries must be received by 5pm, Monday 1 June, 2015

    7. Entries for extended deadline submission must be received by 5pm, Saturday 18 July, 2015

    8. Entries may not be withdrawn after 8 August, 2015.

    9. If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent a letter of confirmation from 18 July, 2015 and no later than 20 August. Digital master files must be received by 18 September, 2015.

    10. Materials submitted in the initial entry process will not be returned.

    11. Films in languages other than English must be supplied with English subtitles.

    12. The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival may tour a selection of films in 2015. All films entered in the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival must be available for touring.

    13. The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival will only screen productions finished as a high resolution Apple ProRes, H.264 or MP4 digital file (the following codecs will NOT be accepted FLV, WMV, AVI, or any low res files). Please also ensure your films are supplied with a stereo mix only and not a Dolby 5.1 mix) To ensure your entry is screened correctly, you must also include ratio details (e.g. 1920 x 1080).

    14. Please do NOT send a DISK with your digital file directly to Reelport. Please upload your film directly via the Reelport website.

    Please do NOT send a DVD directly to the festival. Either upload your film directly on reelport or - in case of technical problems - send Reelport a DVD (upload charge 5 reels(5 EUR).

    reelport GmbH
    Von-Werth-Strasse 37
    50 670 Cologne
    Germany

  • Screening Process

    The 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 around Gympie, to review and score the countless submissions.

Wind
Director: Robert Lobel

Schools

  • “YOUNG(ER) AT HEART” - SCHOOL AGE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

    Australian schools only

    Deadline for Entries Close: 18th September

    Grades 7 - 12
    Length: 3 – 7 minutes
    Delivery Format: USB posted or delivered to Heart of Gold office
    Entry Fee: free
    Winning Entry Prize: GoPro camera

    Lights, cameras, action! School students across the country are invited to submit their own short films as part of the 2015 Heart of Gold Festival. This is the perfect opportunity to get your students’ work judged and gain professional recognition. What’s more, the winner will receive the latest GoPro. Students can submit assessment pieces, foreign language films, documentaries or start from scratch. All we ask for is that all submissions be compliant with Department of Education guidelines and Heart of Gold values.

    SUBMIT

    (See the attached Entry Form and Terms & Conditions)

The Amber Amulet
Director: Matthew Moore

Learn

  • Master Classes

    As part of the 2015 Festival, Heart of Gold will see a fun and hands on filmmaking master class program designed specifically for students and the community. Master classes will be run over four days from the 7th - 10th October.

    All Master Classes will be held next door to the Heart of Gold film festival at:
    Gympie Senior Citizens Centre, 40 Mellor Street, Gympie QLD 4570

    To book please fill in the booking form and email to ticketing@heartofgold.com.au
    For more information please email our Learning Coordinator, Liz, at learning@heartofgold.com.au


    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

    Master Class Venue Location and Parking PDF

  • CINEMATOGRAPHER’S MASTER CLASS

    Grades 10 - 12
    120 minutes (30 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $40

    Working with an award winning Director of Photography (DOP), participants will gain professional industry relevant insight into the world of cinematography. State of the art equipment will be used to demonstrate major aspects of cinematography such as composition, camera movement using dollies and jib arms and lighting. Not only will students be able to ask one on one questions they will also get the opportunity to operate equipment and view on monitors, the results of their work. Students will also have the opportunity to watch a selection of films from the festival and deconstruct them with the DOP.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

  • CLAYMATION MASTER CLASS

    Grades 7 - 10
    90 minutes (20 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $25

    Master the art of stop motion animation in this fun and hands on class. Create your own clay characters and learn how to make your very own Stop Animation so that you can film their adventures! Using iPads and readily available software, participants will learn how to turn everyday devices into movie making and story telling machines. All Claymation films will be available for download after the class. The fun doesn’t stop there (pardon the pun), our Artistic Directors will choose their favourite Claymation and show it during the festival.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

  • MAKE YOUR OWN ZOMBIE MOVIE

    Grades 2 – 7
    90 minute Session (15 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $25

    Be prepared to be scared out of this life, as you become a frighteningly amazing filmmaker! Participants will learn how to use an iPad to make their very own shockingly, eye –bulging Zombie film. All films will be horrifically available for download after the session so that you can scare the living daylights out of your friends and families...when they least expect it. Our gruesome Artistic Directors will choose their favourite, which will be screened during the apocalyptic festival.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

  • EXTREME FILMMAKING WITH SMALL DEVICES

    Grades 9 - 12
    3 hour session (20 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $35

    Participants are shown how they can an iPad to capture professional looking screen footage and how to use various functions of the device to incorporate professional cinematography, editing and visual effects techniques. A must workshop for all students looking to get the most out of easily accessible technology.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

  • FILMMAKING FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES

    Professional Development and Portal into the world of film
    7 hour session (lunch provided) (25 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $80

    Designed as a course for professional development, this workshop will give you the leading edge on your students. Over 7 hours you will learn the art of utilising small devices to create professionally shot, edited and graded vision. This will give you a great arsenal of extension tools to pull out and impress your tech-savvy students with.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

  • “YOUNG(ER) AT HEART” - SCHOOL AGE SHORT FILM COMPETITION

    Australian schools only

    Deadline for Entries Close: 18th September

    Grades 7 - 12
    Length: 3 – 7 minutes
    Delivery Format: USB posted or delivered to Heart of Gold office
    Entry Fee: free
    Winning Entry Prize: GoPro camera

    Lights, cameras, action! School students across the country are invited to submit their own short films as part of the 2015 Heart of Gold Festival. This is the perfect opportunity to get your students’ work judged and gain professional recognition. What’s more, the winner will receive the latest GoPro. Students can submit assessment pieces, foreign language films, documentaries or start from scratch. All we ask for is that all submissions be compliant with Department of Education guidelines and Heart of Gold values.

    Please go to the SCHOOLS page for full entry details.

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

Rabbit and Deer
Director: Peter Vacz

Buy

  • Festival Passes

    specials

    Tickets are available for purchase.

    BUY NOW!

    gala festival pass (regular price $210)


    (Includes entry to all sessions & events in the civic centre):

    • Super early bird $150 (if purchased before 21 august 2015)

    • Early bird $190 (if purchased before 28 september 2015)

    BUY NOW!



    standard festival pass (regular price $160)

    (excludes entry to the opening night and award night):

    • Super early bird $100 (if purchased before 21 august 2015)

    • Early bird $140 (if purchased before 28 september 2015)

    BUY NOW!

  • Tickets

    Email: ticketing@heartofgold.com.au

    Session tickets will be available after the Festival Launch on September 3rd from Online Ticket Sales

  • Master Classes

    FILMMAKING FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES Professional Development and Portal into the world of film 7 hour session (lunch provided) (25 per session) All equipment provided Cost: $80 Designed as a course for professional development, this workshop will give you the leading edge on your students. Over 7 hours you will learn the art of utilising small devices to create professionally shot, edited and graded vision. This will give you a great arsenal of extension tools to pull out and impress your tech-savvy students with.

    Either purchase a ticket online if you are not part of a school booking Purchase Ticket Online

    or use the schools booking form

    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

    Master Class Venue Location and Parking PDF

  • Merchandise

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All God's Creatures
Director: Brendon McDonall

Roadshow

HEART OF GOLD GOES ON THE ROAD

Catch the highlights from the 2014 Heart of Gold during June and July as we take our much-loved shorts on the road to Adelaide, Noosa and Childers!

Selected short films include Academy Award winning The Phone Call (UK - Director: Matt Kirkby) and Mr Hublot (Luxembourg - Directors: Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares).

Here’s all the details!!!

ADELAIDE

26 Jun 15
Friday 6pm
Mercury Cinema
13 Morphett Street
Adelaide SA
Tickets: www.mercurycinema.org.au
Event poster: Click here to see the poster.

NOOSA

19 July 15
Sunday 2pm
The J Theatre
60 Noosa Drive
Noosa Junction QLD
(In conjunction with Noosa Long Weekend and Noosa Film Society)
Tickets: www.thej.com.au

CHILDERS

26 July 15
Sunday 9.30 - 3.30
Paragon Theatre
Childers QLD
(In conjunction with The Childers Festival)
Free admission to the festival with $5 donation to Paragon Theatre

We’ll have more satellite events to announce in the coming months if you can’t make these ones...

Poop On Poverty
Director: Vijay Jodha

SUPPORT

  • Volunteers

    Volunteers work on the festival organisation for around 10 months to help deliver a world-class program of short films, master classes and filmmaker Q & As.

    There are over 150 hearts of gold who help with the festival every year and we wouldn’t be able to run it without them!

    New volunteers can join teams already busy with administrations, sponsorship, film screener groups, ticketing, promotions, ushering, bar work, decoration, presenting sessions, master classes and school visits.

    If you’d like to find out more, please contact the Heart of Gold office:

    Email: volunteering@heartofgold.com.au
    Phone: +61 7 5482 4547

    Please visit us at:
    Skill Centred Community Centre
    Suite 2, 214 Mary Street
    Gympie Qld 4570

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  • Sponsors

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5Meters80
Director: Nicolas Deveaux

Location

  • Gympie, Queensland – Home of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Gympie is a picturesque, historic, rural town surrounded by beautiful countryside and filled with friendly faces. The name of the festival ‘Heart of Gold’ pays tribute to Gympie’s gold-mining history as well as the content of the films we show.

    Situated at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Gympie is nestled amongst rolling hills with the Mary River flowing through it. It is home to wonderful wineries and produce, historic gold-mine tours and one of Australia’s largest and most successful music festivals (Gympie Music Muster, every year in August).

    Easily accessible from Gympie is the Fraser Coast, well-known for whale watching, fishing, boating, 4WDing beaches and the stunning Fraser Island. The Sunshine Coast is less than an hour away, where you’ll find fantastic beaches, resorts, world-class restaurants and cafes and the serene Noosa National Park in Noosa Heads.

  • Venue

    Gympie Civic Centre

    Location

    Address: 32 Mellor Street, Gympie.
    Phone: 1300 307 800

  • Map

  • Places to stay

    There is something for everyone’s budget from 4.5 star B & Bs to value for money motels.

    The Empire Hotel offers value accommodation in Gympie. Clean modern rooms at unbeatable rates, right in the heart of Gympie.

    Amamoor Lodge is a 4.5 star authentic country bed and breakfast experience in picturesque Mary Valley near Gympie.

    Lagoon Pocket B&B offers a peaceful setting, a beautiful room and a great breakfast to start your day and only a few minutes drive from Gympie CBD and the Bruce Highway.

    The Garden Cottages are only 5 minutes south of Gympie town centre, and are your relaxing oasis in the Cooloola region.

    Or click here and Gympie Accommodation will offer several more options.

    For more accommodation options visit cooloola.org.au.

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  • Eat & Drink

    Visit the Gympie RSL and enjoy the experience with affordable meals and live entertainment

    The Empire Hotel offers great value food and drink in a delightful small boutique restaurant environment.

    Emilia’s offers an authentic Italian deli and cafe experience in Gympie and has extended opening hours just for the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

    Kingston House Impressions is a fully licensed a la carte restaurant found in the heart of Gympie.

    Charlies Hotel has recently been renovated and offers the largest range of beers, wines and spirits in the Gympie Region.

    Red Rooster Gympie offers quick, tasty meals with minimum fuss.

    For places to eat and drink in Gympie visit cooloola.org.au.

  • What to do

    This is a truly beautiful part of Australia, with a lot to see and do.

    Visit the tourism websites of the region to help you plan your trip: Cooloola.org.au and TourismSunshineCoast.com.au

    Fraser Island is easily accessible from Gympie. Ferries depart just 3/4 hour drive away at Rainbow Beach.

    Visit the surf at Rainbow Beach or picnic and walk in the the area’s rich reserve of national parks.

    Or if you’re wanting to fill in time between sessions; have a look around the town, the gold mine museum, the art gallery, or try gold fossicking, gliding or get in a round of golf. And then come back for some world class inspiring shorts for the family.

Pony Place
Director: Joost Reijmers

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The Phone Call
Director: Mat Kirkby

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