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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 Director (AD)

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    Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival has a new Artistic Director!

    Emily Avila is an early-career producer currently working part time in scripted development at Essential Media & Entertainment. She previously handled audience engagement for the Ipswich Art Gallery, one of Australia’s most visited regional galleries, and worked as an assistant at See-Saw Films, with Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman.

    Emily's independent film work includes directing the upcoming short film In a Cane Field (recipient of Screen QLD's Short Fiction funding), producing the short film Dancing Goat (w./d. Sam Dixon) and developing a feature film Our Mother The Mountain (selected for Screen QLD's Projector development initiative in 2015).

    In addition to independent filmmaking, Emily has worked on various film festivals across Australia. She is also an educator who is passionate about film and creative cultural engagement within communities.

    Emily will build on the efforts of the hard-working Artistic Directors before her (Toni Powell, Malcom Blaylock, Stephen Kanaris, Tahnee McGuire, and Flickchicks Mandy Lake and Margie Brown), who have helped grow HOG to the magnificent event it is today.

  • 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.


    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: Julie Calvert

    Julie is relatively new to HOG, joining our team in administration one month prior to the 2015 festival. Married with 5 children and proud Grand Mother to 6, (her busy home life aside) her experience includes over 10 years managing staff and stock as a section manager for a major retail firm. Volunteering for over 10 “not for profit” volunteer organizations in varying roles. Her most recent 20 years as an administrator for a Zone sport organizations roles including, bookkeeping, secretary, and event management, first Aid/ sports medicine. Formal qualifications include cert 2 and 3 in Business administration.

    Treasurer : 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 extensive experience in IT Support, network management and databsase development Married with four adult children, Greg 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 elected to the Board at the 2014 AGM and was secretary during 2015 and in 2016 took on the role of 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 in 2015, 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.

    Jeanette Wilson

    Jeanette is a small business owner with her partner/husband. Their businesses include a Fruit Tree Propagation Nursery, a Persimmon Orchard, extensive exotic fruit tree orchards and a Bed and Breakfast. Responsible for the formation of a Rare Fruits Council in Gympie and local Orchardist group. A wife and mother of a son and daughter, and three granddaughters spread across the globe. On the Board of Persimmons Australia for 12 years and responsible for the introduction of levies. Jeanette conducted the Secretariat for the Australian Persimmon Industry and was their representative with Horticulture Australia. She is a qualified Rural Leader and has been involved in local farming groups. Previous employment was secretarial and clerical in Electrical Engineering, Government, Banking and a Dairy Cooperative. Previously a board member with Skillcentre, Gympie for three years and a member of various local organisations. Jeanette has been in a Screeners' Group for the past three years, and has volunteered in ticketing and other duties during the Heart of Gold Festivals. Jeanette joined the Board at the 2015 AGM

  • 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:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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


    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.

    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.



  • 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


    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 AUSTRALIAN FILM: The Amber Amulet
    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
    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

    BEST ANIMATION: Nullarbor
    BEST COMEDY: A First Date
    SCREENER AWARD: The Interviewer
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: Umoja – No Men Allowed
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Lurujarri Dreaming

    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


  • 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

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Director: Gerard Lambkin



    We look forward to seeing your GOLD in 2016!

    We’d love to see you in Gympie from 6 - 9 October for the festival!

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  • 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 NARRATIVE ($1,000AUD)

    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes


    Submission deadline: Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday 17 July, 2016

    The festival will be held from 6-9 October, 2016 in Gympie, Queensland, Australia

    Films should not have been made before 1 January, 2014.
    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

    5pm Monday 1 June 2016:

    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    midnight Sunday 18 July 2016:

    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.


    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

    2. Films should not have been made prior to 1 January, 2014.

    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, Wednesday 1 June, 2016

    7. Entries for extended deadline submission must be received by midnight, Sunday 31 July, 2016

    8. Entries may not be withdrawn after 8 August, 2016.

    9. If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent a letter of confirmation from 18 July, 2016 and no later than 19 August. Digital master files must be received by 18 September, 2016.

    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 2016. 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 DVD directly to the festival.

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  • 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.

Director: Robert Lobel



    Australian schools only

    Details available soon

    Grades 7 - 12
    Length: 3 – 7 minutes
    Delivery Format: USB posted or delivered to Heart of Gold office

The Amber Amulet
Director: Matthew Moore


  • Master Classes

    Planning has started for the 2016 Master Classes. Details available soon

Rabbit and Deer
Director: Peter Vacz


  • Merchandise


    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

    Ceramic mugs with the Heart of Gold Logo can be purchased during the Festival at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like to collect some or have them posted. $10 each (+ postage if required)



    Environmentally friendly hessian coolers with the Heart of Gold Logo can be purchased during the Festival at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like to collect some or have them posted. $10 each (+ postage if required)


All God's Creatures
Director: Brendon McDonall


Poop On Poverty
Director: Vijay Jodha


  • 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:

    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

    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

Director: Nicolas Deveaux


  • 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


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

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  • 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

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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

  • 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: and

    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.

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