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2019 Heart of Gold Awards

And the winners are . . . 

Best Short Film $3000

Sponsored by Heart Of Gold

HOLY CANNELLONI
Carolina Giammetta | 16 min | UK

A comedy about 1980’s Italian England and what happens when you listen to ‘Mamma’.

Best Student Film $3000

Sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast

PRETTY FACE
Ruby Darge | 11 min | Australia
A young singer confronts the controlling hand of her mother as she attempts to forge her own identity.

Best Cinematography – Da Vinci Resolve Studio Time

Sponsored by Black Magic Design

Torstein Dyrting ACS for SAVING SEAGRASS
27 mins | AUSTRALIA
This visually sumptuous documentary, explores the priceless environment of Roebuck Bay, Western Australia – the traditional lands of the Yawuru people – now under threat on many fronts.

Best Script $500

Sponsored by Meerkat Mufflers

Nathan Mewett and Curtis Taylor for
YULUBIDYI-UNTIL THE END
13 min | Australia
A young Aboriginal man, Jarman, is tasked with protecting his younger disabled brother from life in a harsh remote community.

JOHN FARRELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR
MOST INSPIRING TRUE STORY $500

Sponsored by John Farrell Family Trust

THE HORSES
Nick Barkla | 11 min | Australia
A traumatised war veteran experiences healing working with a traumatised ex-racehorse.

Best Australian Short Film – Cutting Edge Internship

Sponsored by Cutting Edge

YULUBIDYI-UNTIL THE END
Nathan Mewett | 13 min | Australia
A young Aboriginal man, Jarman, is tasked with protecting his younger disabled brother from life in a harsh remote community.

Best Young Filmmaker – $500

Sponsored by Maxwell Walker, Barrister

TO BE A VOLUNTEER
Bethany A | Huntington Tower

Best Young Filmmaker (Gympie Region) – $500

Sponsored by Gympie Regional Council

SECOND CHANCES
Tobi G, Graham K, Kerra F, Jack S, Ella H, Bianca P, Melissa M, Shanayde P, Henley W, William D. | Kilkivan State School

Meet Our Jury

NICOLE COVENTRY

Production Supervisor

 Nicole Coventry manages the development and production of SBS’s drama slate. Her screen industry career, includes roles at the Australian Film Commission, Showtime, and a diverse range of drama series, feature films and documentaries including Top of The Lake, Undercurrent, The Good Cop, Safe Harbour, Ali’s Wedding, Hunters, Tangle and Wonderland.

JAN FORBES

Heart of Gold volunteer, Jan has been closely involved in the Festival and hosts a Screener Group at Rainbow Beach.

“I love building community enthusiasm for the Festival and helping to ensure that the films selected are of high quality and appeal to a diverse audience. It’s fabulous when our months of screening culminate in the on-screen magic of the Festival’s selected short films.”

DR SARAH CASEY

Sarah lectures in Screen Media and leads the Communication programs at University of the Sunshine Coast. She is the Chief Investigator on the real stories of country women projects which document the experiences of women in drought-
affected communities. Sarah’s next book #Heroines: Celebrity Activism, Digital Campaigns and Australian Media Feminists will be published in late 2019.

DOUGLAS WATKIN

Vice President, Content (Indigenous Stories & Talent) at Screen Queensland, Douglas has produced, directed & written projects for ABC, SBS & NITV. Douglas is passionate about bringing Indigenous stories to the forefront & has worked tirelessly to connect Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander practitioners to make this a reality. His award-winning documentary ELLA (2016) has featured in film festivals & theatres worldwide.

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