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2019 Heart of Gold Awards … and the nominees are …

Join us on Saturday 5 October when we celebrate the short films that inspired and uplifted us this year at the 2019 Heart of Gold Awards Ceremony.

Hosted by festival Patron Aaron Pedersen, our Awards Night is a free event, so come and enjoy the celebrations – there will be live music, street food and great company in the Gold Bar from 5pm with the Awards kicking off at 7pm.

 

And the nominees 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’.

Watch: LATE NIGHT COMEDY | Fri 4 Oct @ 9:30pm – TIX

2ND CLASS
Jimmy Olsson | 14 min | Sweden

A teacher must reconcile her feelings about a student’s father.

Watch: HEART MOMENTS 2 | Sat 5 Oct @ 11:45am – TIX

SUNCATCHER
Parker Croft | 12 min | USA
For months Kira has been living out of her car. Today that changes.

Watch: OPENING NIGHT FILMS | Thurs 3 Oct @ 7:30pm – TIX & HEART MOMENTS 1 | Fri 4 Oct @ 10:00m – TIX

GRANBAD
Annabel Vine | 10 min | UK
A dyslexic boy inadvertently shows a bully that it isn’t ‘soppy’ to love your Grandad and like spending time with him.

Watch: I HEART HOLIDAYS | Thurs 3 Oct @ 10am – TIX & Sun 6 Oct @ 1:30pm – TIX & OPENING NIGHT FILMS | Thurs 3 Oct @ 7:30pm – TIX 

LENNY
Richard de Carvalho | 7 min | Aust.
A lonely writer’s life turns around with the arrival of a house guest.

Watch: LATE NIGHT COMEDY | Fri 4 Oct @ 9:30pm – TIX

 

Best Student Film $3000

Sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast

THE CHEF
Hao Zheng | 20 min | USA, China
An old Chinese chef teaches a robot to cook.

Watch: BIG WORLD 2 | Fri 4 Oct @ 12:30pm – TIX

PLUME
Zhangxun, Camille Alonzi | 6 min | Canada
An injured moth begins the road to recovery with the help of a new friend.

Watch: I HEART HOLIDAYS – FAMILY SHORTS | SUN 6 Oct @ 10am – TIX

GOODBYE MA
Louis Yin | 15 min | China
Nine-year-old Melon’s eyes have two colors and she can’t see clearly. After unsuccessful treatment in China, her mom takes her to see doctors in New York. But she gradually realizes that her mom has other plans.

Watch: BIG WORLD 1 | Thurs 3 Oct @ 1pm –  TIX

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.

Watch: LAUGH OUT LOUD  | Thurs 3 Oct @ 4Pm – TIX & Sun 6 Oct @ 1:30pm – TIX & Sun 6 Oct @ 3:30pm – TIX 

Best Cinematography – Da Vinci Resolve Studio Time

Sponsored by Black Magic Design

STILLE NACHT
Matthew R. Young | 13 min | Aust.
A widowed mother finds answers to generational secrets.

Watch: FESTIVAL FAVOURITES  | Sat 5 Oct @ 1.45pm – TIX

TO THE SEA
Emily Dynes | 13 min | Australia
A strange disappearance rocks a tiny seaside town.

Watch: ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CHOICE  | Fri 4 Oct @ 4.45pm – TIX

SAVING SEAGRASS
Gary Hamaguchi | 27 mins | AUST.
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.

Watch: CARING FOR COUNTRY  | Fri 4 Oct @ 8.30pm – TIX

Best Script $500

Sponsored by Meerkat Mufflers

2ND CLASS
Jimmy Olsson | 14 min | Sweden

A teacher must reconcile her feelings about a student’s father.

Watch: HEART MOMENTS 2 | Sat 5 Oct @ 11:45am – TIX

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.

Watch: HEART MOMENTS 3 | Sun 6 Oct @ 9:30am – TIX

HOME GIRL
Poonam Brah | 12 min | UK
Grief and loss forces Roya to face up to her true desires.

Watch: A WOMANS WORTH | Fri 4 Oct @ 12:15pm – TIX

JOHN FARRELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR
MOST INSPIRING TRUE STORY $500

Sponsored by John Farrell Family Trust

THAT’S MY JAZZ
Ben Proudfoot | 14 min | USA
A famous chef reflects on his relationship with his late father.

Watch: REAL STORIES WITH HEART 1 | Thurs 3 Oct @ 10:45am –  TIX

LIVES IN ACTION
Lillian Paterson & Hawanatu Bangura | 8 min | Australia
Six Australians challenge the intersecting barriers of disability and ethnicity.

Watch: REAL STORIES WITH HEART 1 | Thurs 3 Oct @ 10:45am – TIX

WITHOUT CONSENT
Diane Busuttil | 14 min | Australia
A personal story about forced adoption in Australia in the late 1960s.

Watch: REAL STORIES WITH HEART 1 | Fri 4 Oct @ 10:30am –  TIX

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

Watch: HEART MOMENTS 1 | Fri 4 Oct @ 10:00am –  TIX

A SONG CAN’T BURN
Roscoe Neil | 12 min | UK
A documentary that follows a Scottish musician working with Syrian refugee children.

Watch: REAL STORIES WITH HEART 1 | Thurs 3 Oct @ 10:45am –  TIX

Best Australian Short Film – Cutting Edge Internship

Sponsored by Cutting Edge

I F*CKED A MERMAID AND NO ONE BELIEVES ME
Madeleine Gottlieb | 15 min | australia
All Gill wants is some peace and quiet, but he gets more than he bargained for when he meets a Mermaid named Rose. Now, Gill wants Rose. And Rose wants… legs.

Watch: LATE NIGHT COMEDY | Fri 4 Oct @ 9:30pm –  TIX

THE SANDPIT
Matt Pearson | 7 min | Australia
Jasmine spends her lunch digging for pebbles in a sandpit. She needs a friend.

Watch: I HEART HOLIDAYS Thurs 3 Oct @ 10am – TIX & Sun 6 Oct @ 1:30pm – TIX & OPENING NIGHT FILMS | Thurs 3 Oct @ 7:30pm – TIX 

THESE WALLS
Susanna van Aswegen | 8 min | Aust.
With a common passion for street art, a free spirited grandmother and her grandson are forced to share their secret.

Watch: I HEART HOLIDAYS Thurs 3 Oct @ 10am – TIX & Sun 6 Oct @ 1:30pm – TIX & HEART MOMENTS 2 | Sat 5 Oct @ 11:45am – TIX

BIRDIE
Shelly Lauman | 8 min | Australia
A woman at a train station connects with a stranger.

Watch: ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CHOICE  | Fri 4 Oct @ 4.45pm – TIX

CATTLE
Kerinne Jenkins | 20 min | Australia
On a cattle farm, two sisters worry about their mother’s health.

Watch: ARTISTIC DIRECTORS CHOICE  | Fri 4 Oct @ 4.45pm – TIX

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.

Watch: HEART MOMENTS 3 | Sun 6 Oct @ 9:30am – TIX

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.

AWARD-WINNING SHORTS

Check out the brilliant shorts that uplifted and inspired us this year at
Heart of Gold when we screen all of the winning films in one session.

This not to be missed session will feature our 2019 Best Short Film, Best Student Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Most Inspiring True Story, along with our National and Regional Young Filmmaker Competition winners.

SAT 5 OCT 9:15PM – sponsored by Nestle

SUN 6 OCT 1:15PM – sponsored by Dixon Dental

 

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