Congratulations to our 2018 Heart of Gold Award winners.

In 2018, Heart of Gold programmed an incredible festival including:

  • Over 120 Short Films
  • 2 Feature Films
  • 7 World Premieres
  • 44 Australian Premieres
  • 83 short films screening in Queensland for the first time

And our 2018 Award Winners are [drumroll!] …

Best Short Film ($5,000)

Facing Mecca 

27 min, Australia

Writer: Anna Schinz & Jan-Eric Mack.

Director: Jan-Eric Mack.

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds beautifully simple answer.

Best Australian Short Film ($1,000)

Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful 

10 min, Australia

Writer/Director: Natalie van den Dungen

Producer: Nicole Coventry.

Milly’s world revolves around her pet guinea pig. When her mother attempts to engineer for her a ‘real’ friend, it results in ridicule and forces Milly to question her sense of self.

Best Student Film ($1,000) 

Sponsored by University of Sunshine Coast (USC)


20 min, Australia

School: Victorian College of the Arts

Director: Lara Gissing

Jess, a former country music child-star turned single mother, decides to make a comeback after a 15-year hiatus.

Best Cinematography ($500) 

Judas Collar

15 min, Australia.

Cinematographer: Michael McDermott Director Alison James

In outback Australia, a feral camel is fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar that brings with it the undue guilt of betrayal.

Best Script ($500) 

Sponsored by Meerkat Mufflers

Your Call is Important to Us

14 min, Australia

Screenplay: T.J. Power. Director: T.J. Power.

A comedy set behind the scenes of an ‘automated’ call-centre. What really goes on when you’re asked: “Please Hold”…?

Best Sound Design ($500) 

Sponsored by Michael Mader and LCR Sound

A Modest Defeat

9 min, UK

Sound designer: Lauren Cooper Director: David Barr 

It’s civil war in suburbia between two young siblings. Big brother Tommy never plays fair, but eight-year-old Tiny has an elaborate plan up her sleeve and a faultless determination to put things right.

Most Inspiring True Story Award ($500) 

Sponsored by John Farrell & Family

The Tables

15 min, USA.

Director / Cinematography: Jon Bunning

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers. 

Gympie Gold Award ($500) 

Sponsored by Gympie Regional Council
Presented by Mayor Mick Curran

Shakespeare in Tokyo

21 min, Japan / Australia

Director: Genevieve Clay-Smith

An Australian fan of Shakespeare with Down syndrome who sets out on a solo adventure to discover the city and escape the watchful eyes of his domineering older brother.

Screeners’ Choice Award ($500) 

Voted by festival attendees

Your Call is Important to Us

14 min, Australia

Director T.J. Power.

A comedy set behind the scenes of an ‘automated’ call-centre. What really goes on when you’re asked: “Please Hold”…?

Thank you to all of the filmmakers who came to the festival, and all of you who tuned in online! Congratulations to our winners and we hope to see all of your new work at next year’s festival!

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