Heart of Gold Short Film Festival has been running for 12 years and is all about making films that are transformative – films that are uplifting, thought-provoking and films that can influence people in a positive way. Our Young Filmmakers Competition gives high school students around Australia an opportunity to tell their stories, develop their film making and life skills, build confidence and showcase their work in a supportive environment.

‘Creating a film is a process that many students are able to engage in across all levels of ability; it is exciting and gives students a voice.’

Paula Jayne

Festival Director, Heart of Gold Short Film Festival

This year we are opening up the opportunity for the Heart of Gold community to join with us in giving Young Filmmakers a hand up! By making a tax-deductable donation to the Young Filmmakers Competition, you can make a lasting impact on a young person’s life. Your gift will help us spread the word about the competition, provide prizes for award winners and support us in offering filmmaking workshops for finalists. GIVE HERE


‘Sponsoring the award for young local filmmakers allowed me to meet some inspiring young creative people. It was great to see people from my home town use this competition as a platform to ventilate important issues, such as youth mental health. I will be sponsoring the prize again this year.’

Maxwell Walker

Barrister, Northbank Chambers

Entry to the Young Filmmakers Competition is FREE and is open any student enrolled in Grades 7 to12 in 2018 or 2019. Films should be 1 to 15 minutes long and fit within the Heart of Gold values – heart-warming, uplifting and thought provoking.

For more information about submissions please check our competition page.


‘The Media Projects students at Gympie Flexible Learning Centre produced the short film “Brainstorm” over the course of the semester. We learned about creative collaboration and planning as well as the roles of film making, including writing, directing, filming and editing.  Having the goal of entering the Heart of Gold Short Film Festival made the project feel authentic, and helped motivate our young people to work towards a long term goal. The young people were not only thrilled that the film was awarded best local and national Young Filmmakers Award, they also had tangible learning outcomes from the project that align with creative industries and 21st century skills in the curriculum.’

Ande Foster

Music Youth Worker, Gympie Flexible Learning Centre

Three awards are on offer – our regional and national Young Filmmaker awards and People’s Choice. Films selected as finalists will be shared on Heart of Gold Short Film Festival’s social media, giving an opportunity for Young Filmmakers to reach a global audience and be voted for in our People’s Choice award.

Finalists will be screened on Sunday 6 October as part of the Heart of Gold Short Film Festival in Gympie and Young Filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend the festival, masterclasses, and awards ceremony as guests.

Join the Heart of Gold movement and help us uplift young filmmakers by making your donation today via our Australian Cultural Fund portal. All donations over $5 are tax deductable and the impact that it will have on a young person’s life is priceless.

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