Heart of Gold Short Film Festival

3-6 Oct 2019  |  Gympie Civic Centre

Over four days Heart of Gold will screen more than 130 short films from all genres, alongside an exciting program of workshops, family activities, free events and discussions to delight filmmakers, film lovers and local audiences.


I Heart Holidays

There’s a lot to love about our holiday program this year at Heart of Gold. Be inspired by our wonderful family shorts, uplifted by the heart-warming family feature Emu Runner and engaged with our free paper mosaics crafts and holiday activities in the Prospectors Hall. (Family film sessions $7pp)

Thurs 3 & Sun 6 Oct | 10am–3pm


Grab a drink (try our soon to be famous 2019 Golden Cocktail), make some new friends and enjoy the uplifting sounds of local artists performing live in the Gold Bar each evening throughout the Festival. Street food available Thurs & Sat and pre-order Irish Stew for Friday evening from the festival cafe.

Thurs 3 – Sun 6 Oct  |  5-6pm


Join us for the official opening of Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, with Linc Phelps live and an exceptional line-up of short films, including the Queensland premiere of Out of Range featuring our very own patron Aaron Pedersen. That Pizza Guy and Beauty and the Beard food vans will be on site.

Thurs 3 Oct | 6–9pm


Create your own unique mosaic tile, under the guidance of renowned Sunshine Coast mosaic artist, Brett Campbell. Watch our community mosaic art project grow each day over the Festival long weekend, in Prospectors Hall. This free drop-in workshop is suitable for all ages.

Thurs – Sun | Various Times


A film to open hearts and minds, our family feature Emu Runner tells the story of nine-year-old girl Gem, who lives in a remote Australian town. As she copes with her mother’s unexpected death Gem finds solace in the company of a wild emu. Adults at kids prices $7pp.

Thurs 3 Oct | 1:30 PM


An inspiring series that explores our beautiful natural world, the way we care for it and cultivate it and how that informs our relationship to the land and each other.

Caring for Culture – The Saltwater Story – 70 kilometres, 3 days, 2 canoes and 1 incredible adventure (short film and Q&A).

In Conversation – A panel of experts explore renewed agriculture.

Caring for Country – Warburdur Bununu and Saving Seagrass (short films).

Fri 4 Oct | 5.30–9.30pm


Meet the filmmakers behind your favourite shorts! Run daily throughout the Festival, Heart of Gold’s Q&As offer audiences, filmmakers, community and industry the chance to connect, explore and delve deeper into the stories on the screen and behind the scenes. Check the festival blackboard for times.

Thurs – Sun | Various Times


Connect with other cultures in our popular international sessions featuring eleven brilliant short films from the United States of America, Iran, China, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark and Sweden, screening over two days.

Thurs 3 & Fri 4 Oct | 1pm & 12.30pm


For the filmmakers, and even the film-making curious we have a full day of masterclasses that can be attended either individually or as a whole day of learning and exploring.

Creation – script development workshop with Nicole Conventry.

Commerce – a deep dive into film producing with John Harvey.

Comedy – what comedy is, how it works, and how to make it with Mark O’Toole.

Sat 5 Oct | 10am–3.30pm


There are 9 fantastic films in our popular Friday night Irish shorts session, so gather some friends, dress-up and get into the festival spirit! Pre-order your Irish Stew online, for collection at the Festival Cafe on Friday night. Book early to secure your seat!

Fri 4 Oct | 7:30 PM


An audience favourite, sink into one or both of our heartwarming sessions featuring eighteen real-life stories of people from around the world, committed to making the world a better place, each in their own unique way. You’ll leave these short film sessions feeling uplifted and inspired.

Thurs 3  | 10.45am

Fri 4 Oct | 10.30am


Our feature film is a classic feel-good film for all ages. It will make you laugh, cry, and cheer with delight. Based on the award-winning book, My Life As An Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg, and adapted for the screen by writer/producer Lisa Hoppe, H is for Happiness follows Candice Phee, an unflinchingly honest and optimistic twelve year old who is determined to bring her dysfunctional family back from the brink. Her exploits will inspire and delight anyone who has faced the trials of adolescence and the heartbreak of family tragedy. Starring newcomers Daisy Axon and Wesley Patton alongside Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Joel Jackson, Deb Mailman and a miniature Horse.

Join us for pizza and fun after the film.

Sat 5 Oct | 4pm


A selection of faves from our screeners, watch shorts from Australia, Moldova, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil and the United States, that capture Heart of Gold’s vision to show films that are heart-warming, thought-provoking and entertaining.  Followed by Q&A with John Harvey, writer and director of Out of Range.

Sat 5 Oct | 1:45pm


Join our Patron acclaimed Australian actor, Aaron Pedersen in the Fossickers Room at a special screen industry networking opportunity for filmmakers, festival partners and creatives.

Limited tickets.

Book early to avoid disapointment.

Sat 5 Oct | 6pm


Arrive early and stay late. There’ll be live music, great food for purchase and fantastic company on offer as we celebrate the amazing filmmakers who uplifted and inspired us with their brilliant short films this year at Heart of Gold.

Our Awards Ceremony is a free event.

Sat 5 Oct  |  7pm


Check out all of the winning films that inspired us when we screen the 2019 Best Short, Best Student Short, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Most Inspiring True Story, along with our National and Regional Young Filmmaker Competition winners in one session.

Sat 5 Oct | 9.15pm

Sun 6 Oct | 1.15pm


Heart of Gold is proud to celebrate and nurture the next generation of young film makers. This year young people between year 7 & 12 have been invited to submit their shorts to the Young Film Makers Competition. Join us as we screen the short-listed films and select the 2019 winner. Family prices $7pp.

Sun 6 Oct | 11.30am

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