Young Filmmakers Competition

Attention, all budding filmmakers!

The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGISFF) is calling for entries to its YOUNG FILMMAKERS Short Film Competition. The two awards are:

  • Best Young Filmmaker (National) Prize of $500 value
  • Best Young Filmmaker (Gympie Region) Prize of $500

PLUS – all filmmakers whose films are shortlisted will receive entry to a masterclass at the festival.


  • Entry is FREE.
  • Entry is open any student who was enrolled in Grades 7-12 (Grade 13 in some states) anytime in 2018 / 2019. Films submitted in the past to our festival will not be accepted.
  • Films must be between 1 to 15 minutes long.
  • All submissions must fit within the Heart of Gold values. Thus the film submitted must be heart-warming, uplifting and thought provoking.
  • Foreign language films are eligible for entry.
  • The Artistic Director’s decision on entry eligibility is final.
  • Adult mentors involvement may support, however students must be directly involved in at least 55% of the film project. These areas may include scriptwriting, cinematography, production, editing and music. Film credits must reflect the areas students are responsible for.
  • HOGISFF may make the work available on its website and social media sites, for storage in the HOGISFF archives and for use in exhibitions under the curatorial direction of the HOGISFF.

Digital Film Specifications

  • Resolution: 1920×1080 or 1280×720 progressive or interlaced is acceptable.
  • File Type: .mp4 or .mov preferred.
  • Audio: Stereo 48k or higher or highest quality for the video format.



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

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 International Film Festival made the project feel authentic, and helped motivate the 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

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