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  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia from 6-9 October 2016, 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 2015 Patron

    Photo of WAYNE BLAIR
    Message from WAYNE BLAIR

    I am very much a Queenslander at heart. Rockhampton is the town I grew up in.

    Gympie holds a special place in my heart as way back in the eighties I made my one and only Queensland side, being selected for the Under 15’s. I have the maroon hat to prove it.

    Now, I work and dream in a different industry altogether. I attempt to tell stories via the medium of the theatre world and film and television.

    I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with the people I have and to have travelled to the locations I have, yet Queensland is always home.

    The country town is where I saw all the idiosyncrasies of life. This is where characters were drawn from and emotion was built as I grew and learnt about the world via life around me.

    I am grateful to be asked to be the patron for this year’s festival. I jumped at the opportunity to come home.

    During the festival, one has a chance to see story from many different parts of the world and from all over Australia. An event not to be missed.

    About WAYNE BLAIR

    Wayne Blair is an acclaimed film, television and theatre director, writer, actor and producer.

    Wayne’s debut hit feature film, The Sapphires, a musical comedy was the highest grossing Australian film of 2012 in Australia and won eleven AACTA Awards including Best Director (Wayne Blair) and Best Film.

    Wayne has just finished directing Septembers of Shiraz, recently featured at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 2015) and opening the San Diego Film Festival.

    Wayne is currently co-producing and directing Clever Man – an innovative six-part futuristic action drama for ABC-TV, starring Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor and Deborah Mailman.

    Wayne’s television directing credits include Redfern Now for ABC TV, Lockie Leonard Series 1 and 2 for the Nine Network, Australian-British children's supernatural comedy TV series, Dead Gorgeous for the BBC and Australian children's TV series Double Trouble.

    Wayne also holds a Bachelor of Business degree, a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Acting and attended New York University in the summer of 2002 where he studied film.

    Don’t miss seeing a special Q & A event with Wayne Blair on Saturday 10 October 3pm – 5pm in the Heritage Theatre!

  • 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 2015 Judges

    Some of the brightest stars across the Australian film industry have been assembled to help judge the shortlisted films for Heart Gold International Short Film Festival’s eight awards categories.

    Lined with Australian film industry royalty, top-level creatives from all facets of the biz, and hugely talented locals, this year’s star-studded judging panel includes:

    MEREDITH GARLICK
    MEREDITH GARLICK
    Producer, Writer, Senior Executive

    Meredith is a producer, writer and senior executive, with over 20 years in the film and television industry; hers is a career marked by great depth in international production, success in various endeavours, and a commitment to bringing great entertainment to audiences, always rooted in compelling storytelling.

    Meredith has written several feature screenplays, winning awards from Nickelodeon and Creative Sparks, and works as a script editor, independent producer and consultant.

    She has an MFA from Columbia University in the City of New York (majoring in producing, granted honors) and was awarded the University Medal and First Class Honours, with a double-major in art history, from University of Queensland for her BA thesis on the films of Quentin Tarantino.

    KITTY FLANAGAN
    KITTY FLANAGAN
    Writer, Standup Comedian, Actor, Filmmaker

    Kitty is a writer and standup comedian, a part-time TV actor (Utopia – ABC) and fledgling filmmaker. Kitty is a massive fan of Australian film and television however, she believes writers in this country deserve more respect and more money. Because without the writer, there is no script and nobody has a job. That’s why Kitty is proud to sponsor the 2015 Hearts of Gold award for screenwriting – Best Narrative.

    ROWENA BILLARD
    ROWENA BILLARD
    Screen Culture Manager, Screen Queensland

    Rowena is the Screen Culture Manager for Screen Queensland, having joined the agency in November 2007. Rowena has worked within all facets of the production and development areas of Screen Queensland in addition to her work within the film industry. Rowena graduated from University of Queensland with a major in history and criminology and a postgraduate degree in journalism. Rowena also holds qualifications in screenwriting.

    GEOFF PORTMANN
    GEOFF PORTMANN
    Head of Film, Screen & Animation at QUT, Brisbane.

    Geoff has more than 25 years of experience in television comedy, from the early days of Aunty Jack and Norman Gunston right through to The Games and Welcher and Welcher. As Head of Comedy and as Executive Producer Comedy at ABC TV he has been responsible for bringing to the screen some of the most acclaimed comedy series in Australia including Frontline, The Games, BackBerner, The Micallef Program and Club Buggery. As a producer/director, Geoff is best known for Mother and Son, which remains one of the most successful Australian television sitcoms ever made. Mother and Son starred Garry McDonald and Ruth Cracknell, ran for a total of six series and is one of the classics of Australian television.

    HOLLY PITTMAN
    HOLLY PITTMAN
    Management Committee, Noosa Film Society

    Holly has been a member of the Noosa Film Society since 2004 and is currently on the management committee as the research/marketing/publicity officer. She 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.

    HELEN CROWLEY
    HELEN CROWLEY
    Heart of Gold – Screener Group Coordinator

    Helen is a medical scientist who moved to Gympie with her husband David in 2001. When she was asked to join a group of film screeners for the first Heart of Gold festival in 2006 Helen told festival founder Toni Powell "I love movies, I have been training for this role all my life!" Helen has been a screener for all successive festivals and has performed other key roles over the years. "It is wonderful to be involved with a team of volunteers who have such generosity of spirit and a passion for short films, many of whom have become my closest friends." She is delighted and honoured to represent the screener group on the jury.

    RHYS CASSIDY
    RHYS CASSIDY
    President of Australian Teachers of Media, QLD

    Rhys is a film and media teacher at Sheldon College and president of Australian Teachers of Media QLD. He is passionate about design thinking, innovation, collaboration and storytelling. Rhys currently teaches media studies, enterprise, design & innovation studies and film, TV and new media and has developed a game design toolkit with Dr Peter Hall from Griffith University for designminds.org.au. In his role as president of ATOM QLD, Rhys is committed to providing professional learning for media educators across Queensland and is particularly focused on delivering quality experiences for teachers and students in regional areas. Twitter: @rhyscass

    MARK WAREHAM
    MARK WAREHAM
    Cinematographer

    One of Australia’s foremost cinematographers, Mark Wareham’s extraordinary list of credits spans feature films, telemovies, mini-series and documentaries.

    His credits include, Eternity Man directed by Julien Temple, the award-winning telemovie Scorched and the Sundance Film Festival hit Clubland, directed by Cherie Nowlan and starring Brenda Blethyn,

    His most recent feature is Matthew Saville’s feature Felony which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival starring Tom Wilkenson.

    Mark has shot some Australia’s most celebrated dramas including Redfern Now, Parers War, Cloudstreet, Underbelly: Razor, Scorched, Answered by Fire and the documentary series Australia: The Story of Us.

    LIZ LEWIS
    LIZ LEWIS
    Heart of Gold – Master Class and Young(er) at Heart Coordinator

    Liz, who has lived and worked in Gympie for over thirty years, has volunteered at all festivals in a range of roles. A secondary school teacher with a passion for film, drama and the performing arts, she has loved being a Cedar Pocket screener, and coordinating the Youth Jury in 2013 and 2014. "Many years ago "The Last Sunday Film Society" brought international films to Gympie audiences. Many from that group brought their enthusiasm for fine cinema to this festival".

    As co-coordinator of the Master Classes and schools program, Liz was delighted at the opportunities offered to student film makers and teachers to develop and fine tune their skills.


    The 2015 award categories include: Best Short Film, Best Australian Film, Best Student Film, Screener’s Choice Award, Best Cinematography, Best Narrative, Most Inspirational Film, Artistic Directors’ Award, and Young(er) at Heart.

LOCATION

Programme

  • 2015 PROGRAMME

    Our Artistic Directors and dedicated screener groups have finished selecting and programming from the fantastic collection of films we’ve received from around the world. The Souvenir Festival programme is NOW AVAILABLE for only $2 from 214 Mary Street and will also be available at the Festival, but, if you can't wait you can view the PDF version.

    View the 2015 PROGRAMME PDF


    Our FESTIVAL PLANNER is a snapshot of this year’s golden sessions and a quick overview of what's available.

    View the 2015 FESTIVAL PLANNER PDF

  • SHORTS & FIMMAKER Q&A 2015

    Filmmaker Q & A sessions – this is where visiting filmmakers (who hail from all over Australia) screen and allow access to the ins and outs of their filmmaking process in a more intimate setting. These sessions are very popular and often end up with some lively discussions, sometimes revealing the behind the scenes shenanigans of filmmaking!

    This will be a great chance to get to know the filmmakers better and ask them about the methods of their madness!

    The cost

    These sessions cost the same as usual film sessions, refer to page 3 of the programme
    (Adult $15: Concession $10) for the details or go to the BUY tab to purchase your tickets.

    Here’s who you’ll have the chance to meet this year & when you can catch them:

    Thursday 12pm-2pm, Fossicker’s Room

    ● I Lost My Dream, Moacir Zeledon (The Star!)
    ● Flight of the Buffalo, Brodie Poole (Director)
    ● Bored on a Rainy Day, Peter Herrington (Director)
    Buy a ticket to this session

    Friday 12pm-2pm, Fossicker’s Room

    ● Heart of the Queen, Matthew Walker (Director) and Wanita (The Star!)
    ● Darren Hanlon: Chattanooga Shoot Shoot, Natalie Van Den Dungen (Director)
    ● Bunny New Girl, Natalie Van Den Dungen (Director)
    Buy a ticket to this session

    Saturday 1:30pm-3:30pm, Fossicker’s Room

    ● Noddy, Ben Plazzer (Director) and Ann Murison (Writer/Producer/Actor)
    ● Gokanosho: Lost in Time, Isabel Stanfield (Producer) and Caleb De Leon (Director)
    ● Pedal, Andrew McInally (Director)
    ● Laser Beak Man, Geoff Charters (Director)
    ● Benjamin Goes to a Swingers Party, Declan Byrne (Animator)
    Buy a ticket to this session

    Special Feature with Wayne Blair

    Our 2015 patron, director, writer, and actor, Wayne Blair, will also be treating Heart of Gold patrons to a special Q & A session. This is a rare opportunity that would make any cinephile swoon! Catch him talking about his illustrious career, on Saturday 10 October 3pm – 5pm in the Heritage Theatre!
    Buy a ticket to this session


    For all session details, check out the programme HERE and refer to page 15

  • 2015 Winners

    Best Film: Father, Lotfi Achour, France / Tunisia
    Best Australian Film: Home, Charles Williams, Australia
    Best Student Film: Dustin, Kristina Jäger, Germany
    Screener’s Choice Award: Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, Ireland
    Best Cinematography: Karroyul, Kelrick Martin, Australia
    Best Narrative: The Gunfighter, Eric Kissack, USA
    Most Inspirational Film: Stealth, Bennett Lasseter, USA
    Artistic Directors’ Award: The Fish and I, Babak Habbifar, Iran
    Young(er) at Heart (school competition for students in years 7-12): Super Ted, Huntingtower School, Australia

    View the heartfelt acceptance speeches for the winning films here

    Previous year's winners can be found using the "Old Gold" button

  • 2014 PROGRAMME


    View the 2014 Programme PDF

    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
    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

  • 2015 Winners

    Best Film: Father, Lotfi Achour, France / Tunisia
    Best Australian Film: Home, Charles Williams, Australia
    Best Student Film: Dustin, Kristina Jäger, Germany
    Screener’s Choice Award: Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, Ireland
    Best Cinematography: Karroyul, Kelrick Martin, Australia
    Best Narrative: The Gunfighter, Eric Kissack, USA
    Most Inspirational Film: Stealth, Bennett Lasseter, USA
    Artistic Directors’ Award: The Fish and I, Babak Habbifar, Iran
    Young(er) at Heart (school competition for students in years 7-12): Super Ted, Huntingtower School, Australia

    View the heartfelt acceptance speeches for the winning films here

  • 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)

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

    standard festival pass

    (REGULAR PRICE $210)

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

    Session tickets now online

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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

    Master Class Program PDF Please note that cut-off dates do not apply to individuals.

    Master Class Venue Location and Parking PDF

    Bookings for Individuals

    Individuals can book and pay online. Click here to book a Master Class online

    Bookings for Schools

    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




    For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • 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

    For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • 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

    For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • 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

    For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • 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 For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • 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

    For online bookings Click here to book your place in a Master Class

  • “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

    gala festival pass (regular price $210)


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

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

    standard festival pass (regular price $160)

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

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



    BUY FESTIVAL PASSES ONLINE NOW! BROWSE ALL TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

  • Tickets

    Tickets are available online from Online Ticket Sales

    If you are having trouble buying tickets please see our "Guide to buying tickets online".

    For any further assistance email: ticketing@heartofgold.com.au

  • 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

  • FILMMAKERS' VILLAGE - this is where the SLUMBER PARTY'S AT!

    If you’re a filmmaker or industry type planning on making the filmgrimage to Gympie for HoG, book your accommodation at Araluen Retreat. All set to transform into a filmmakers' village over the four days, Araluen is offering GREAT deals for our peeps.

    Best not slumber on this one – spaces are limited and once word gets out the rooms are sure to fill up quickly!

    Single Room B&B $70 per night
    Buy online now


    Double Room B&B $110 per night
    Buy online now


    Student 'BYO Swag Type' B&B $33 per night
    Buy online now


  • Merchandise

    T-shirts

    Get your classic Heart of Gold T-shirt while they last. T-shirts can be purchased at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like one posted. $20 each (+ postage if required)

    Leunig T-shirt
    Pendants

    Pendant

  • Strike Gold with our Art with heart

    In partnership with Joolie Gibbs and her team at the Gympie Regional Gallery, Art with Heart has become a much-loved and anticipated feature (or ‘gem’!) of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

    Consisting of 10 artworks donated by renowned local artists, it’s the festival’s major fundraiser and an exclusive opportunity for private collectors and businesses that are looking to acquire unique artworks.

    There are ONLY 500 tickets up for grabs (so the odds are very good), they’re $20 each, and they’ll be drawn on Sunday afternoon, 11 October 2015, according to a special system: When you buy a ticket, you’ll record your order of preference for each of the artworks, from 1-10. As tickets are drawn, winners will be allotted their highest preferred artwork, depending on pieces available at the time. So … even if you’re drawn first or last you may still win the piece of art that you prefer!

    Tickets are available at the festival, or by calling: 07 5482 4547.


    View the 2015 Art With Heart PDF

All God's Creatures
Director: Brendon McDonall

Stay

FILMMAKERS' VILLAGE - this is where the SLUMBER PARTY'S AT!

If you’re a filmmaker or industry type planning on making the filmgrimage to Gympie for HoG, book your accommodation at Araluen Retreat. All set to transform into a filmmakers' village over the four days, Araluen is offering GREAT deals for our peeps.

Best not slumber on this one – spaces are limited and once word gets out the rooms are sure to fill up quickly!

Single Room B&B $70 per night
Buy online now


Double Room B&B $110 per night
Buy online now


Student 'BYO Swag Type' B&B $33 per night
Buy online now


Poop On Poverty
Director: Vijay Jodha

SUPPORT

  • Sponsors

    Presenting sponsor of Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival
    Private Selection, Gympie Presenting Sponsor
    Major sponsors
    Gympie Regional Council
    Skill Centred, Gympie

    Media Partners
    Channel 7, 90.3 ABC Coast FM, Gympie Times, Filmink
    Major Sponsors and Media Partners
    Prize for Best Film
    Schuh Group, Gympie
    Gold Heart Sponsors
    Bendigo Bank, Gympie
    Gympie Funerals, Gympie
    Lemac Film and Digital, Bowen Hills
    RSL, Gympie

    Government Partners
    Arts Link, Australian Government
    Regional Arts Fund
    Screen Queensland, Queensland Government
    Gold Hearts, Best Film Prize Sponsor and Government Partners
    Silver Heart Sponsors
    Sprott’s Stainless Steel, Gympie
    Lemac Film and Digital, Bowen Hills

    Bronze Heart Sponsors
    Agents2Go, Gympie
    Madill Motor Group, Gympie
    Shine Lawyers, Gympie

    Session sponsors
    Dixon Dental, Gympie
    Mia Bella Jewellery, Gympie
    The Terraces and The Property Shop, Gympie
    Skill Centred, Gympie

    Prize sponsors
    Kitty Flanagan Best narrative in a short film
    3D Inspiration Paints, Gympie Most inspirational short film
    QUT, Caboolture campus Best student short film
    Keba Engineering Group, Gympie Best Australian short film
    Nestle' Australia Ltd, Gympie Best cinematography in a short film
    Artistic Directors’ Award
    Screeners’ Choice
    Harvey Norman, Gympie GoPro camera for Young(er) at Heart (school short film competition)
    Silver Hearts, Bronze Hearts, Session Sponsors and Film Award prize Sponsors Helping Hearts
    Silver Helping Hearts
    All about eyes, Gympie
    Barbecues galore, Gympie
    Charlies Hotel, Gympie
    Connolly Dore Lawyers, Gympie
    Cooloola Self Storage, Gympie
    DAC Services, Gympie
    Hoopers Sound Centre, Gympie
    Jeffery Cuddihy & Joyce Solicitors, Gympie
    Jones Hill Store, Gympie
    Neilson Stanton Parkinson Solicitors, Gympie
    Reg Leis Insurance and Financial Services, Gympie
    Tom Grady Livestock and Real Estate, Gympie

    Bronze Helping Hearts
    Ace drycleaners and launderers, Gympie
    Ada Medak, Naturopath and Herbalist, Gympie
    Amamoor Lodge B&B, via Gympie
    Bamboo Refined, Gympie
    Channon & Lawrence Dental, Gympie
    Con and Jenny Walsh, Gympie
    George and Kim Springhall, Gympie
    Gympie Toyworld
    Jobmatch, Gympie
    Kingston House Impressions , Gympie
    Koala Accounting & Taxation, Gympie
    Lillian Shelton, Gympie
    Northa Burnett, Gympie
    Kingston’s Office National, Gympie
    Qcivil Construction, Gympie
    River Dental, Gympie
    Templeton Ginger, Gympie
    Tony Perrett, Member for Gympie, Queensland Parliament
    Tracey Devereux Photography, Gympie


    View the CBD locations of 2015 Sponsors PDF
    View the CBD locations of 2015 Sponsors PDF
  • 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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  • Members

    The membership period for HOGISFF is the financial year. New members are welcome. Click here to download an application form
    Email: membership@heartofgold.com.au

    It is anticipated that the AGM for 2016 will be held in December 2016
    Nomination forms for election to the Management Board available for download here.
    Proxy Voting forms for 2106 AGM available for download here.

    Phone: +61 7 5482 4547

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

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.

    rainbow beach

  • 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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