Our 2019 Festival Art features a MOSAIC of the brilliant work A Life in Progress by Sunshine Coast artist Yasmin Parr.

“As a symbol of immortality, the tree grows old, yet it bares seeds that contain its very essence and in this way, the tree becomes immortal. The Cosmic Tree represents all of the beings in the universe on their quest for physical and spiritual nourishment, transformation and liberation, sustenance, union and fertility. In A Life in Progress I am exploring humanities struggle for order and spiritual growth against chaos and disintegration, and the patterns that are found in nature, human behaviour and culture.”

Yasmin Parr

Check out much-loved singer songwriter Linc Phelps sharing his authentic blues sounds and
heartfelt lyrics in the Gold Bar on Opening Night. He is an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve, and this is never more evident than in his original music.

Hot Tip: Grab a drink, make some new friends and enjoy our daily local singer songwriter sessions in the Gold Bar each evening throughout the festival.

This year we are looking through the lens of mosaics in both the selection of films and the creation of our beautiful connected events.

“I have come to realise that mosaics mean something different to everyone. For me it is an extension of our connection to each other, to the land and to our community. We take something broken and make something beautiful out of it. So, in 2019, the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival is an affirmation of the fact that pain is real, but so is hope and that sometimes from brokenness comes deep transformation.”

Lydia Fairhall, Artistic Director

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the art of mosaic making from an artisan with over 19 years of artistic development. Renowned mosaic artist Brett Campbell, will be sharing his skills with us in Prospectors Hall, each day during the festival. Brett is from the Maleny hinterland and has been commissioned to create vibrant, meaningful mosaic streetscaping artwork across the Sunshine Coast over the years.  Create your own unique mosaic tile and watch our community mosaic art project grow each day over the festival long weekend, in Prospectors Hall.

Our Festival Trailer features original music by Australian composer Freyja Phillips.

A former Sunshine Coast musican, Freyja is now based in Brisbane but wouldn’t miss Heart of Gold for anything! She lovingly composed this piece especially for our festival and will perform live during our Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

Over four days Heart of Gold Short Film Festival will screen more than 130 short films from all genres. A festival favourite, our first Loved and Local short film session on Friday afternoon features local films teaming with hope and inspiration!

Danielle Hastie tells the heartfelt story of how a history of family violence impacts on a man’s sense of identity and connection in NOT LIKE ME.

James Anderson explores Brisbane’s thriving music community and subcultures in his documentary, THE UNDERDOG.

Tamara, a young and successful children’s book author, receives a call from her distraught Mum after her brother attempts to take his life in Craig Cauchi’s short film, SIBLINGS OF SILENCE.

Bradley Gillow’s TO CATCH A BUNYIP tells the tale of an imaginative girl ventures to the Australian bush in search of a miracle.

A young, talented drummer is restricted from playing in her school band simply because she is Deaf in Rachel Larkin’s LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Finishing off with the inspirational, THE HAVAFEED STORY, Colin Usher tells the story of Robyn and Lindsay Burch and the volunteers who have provided meals and assistance to people living rough on the Gold Coast for 25 years.

Can’t make the Friday session? Catch Loved and Local 2 on Saturday morning. 

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