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  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia from 6-9 October 2016, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival is one of the sparkling gems in the crown of Australian film festivals. We like to think it has extra sparkle thanks to its unique mission: to showcase well-crafted films from around the world that deeply resonate with the viewer. At Heart of Gold, we believe it takes a special kind of storytelling magic to break through to the audience on an emotional level, and we’re all about celebrating films that do just that.

    The four-day program includes industry masterclasses, a spectacular opening night gala, awards night party and up to 30 sessions of shorts from all genres that best capture Heart of Gold’s vision to screen films that are positive, witty, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, enlightening and ground-breaking. They can be edgy, they can be thought-provoking and they can be downright hilarious – as long as they beat with a good, strong heart.

    All films in the festival compete for the Best Short Film award, which carries a generous prize of $5000. Other award categories include: Best Australian Short Film, Best Student Short Film, Screener’s Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Younger at Heart (for budding high school filmmakers).

    Over the last nine years Heart of Gold has become renowned for its high quality program which is largely thanks to a very unique, two-part screening system. The films are filtered through the festival’s artistic director and passed onto small screener groups, who gather in lounge-rooms across Gympie to review and score the countless, treasured submissions.

  • Meet the Artistic Director (AD)

    Photo of Emily Avila
    Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival has a new Artistic Director!

    Emily Avila is an early-career producer currently working part time in scripted development at Essential Media & Entertainment. She previously handled audience engagement for the Ipswich Art Gallery, one of Australia’s most visited regional galleries, and worked as an assistant at See-Saw Films, with Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman.

    Emily's independent film work includes directing the upcoming short film In a Cane Field (recipient of Screen QLD's Short Fiction funding), producing the short film Dancing Goat (w./d. Sam Dixon) and developing a feature film Our Mother The Mountain (selected for Screen QLD's Projector development initiative in 2015).

    In addition to independent filmmaking, Emily has worked on various film festivals across Australia. She is also an educator who is passionate about film and creative cultural engagement within communities.

    Emily will build on the efforts of the hard-working Artistic Directors before her (Toni Powell, Malcom Blaylock, Stephen Kanaris, Tahnee McGuire, and Flickchicks Mandy Lake and Margie Brown), who have helped grow HOG to the magnificent event it is today.

  • Meet the Board

    Chair: Claudia Granshaw

    Claudia has an engineering degree in wood technology from Germany and 20 years experience in the timber manufacturing industry in Queensland. She is married with two children and together with her husband now operates a dairy business east of Gympie. She has been involved with the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival from its very beginning in 2006 in key roles and has first-hand knowledge of running the festival. She was nominated to the board in 2014 and accepted the chairmanship in early 2015.

    Secretary: Julie Calvert

    Julie is relatively new to HOG, joining our team in administration one month prior to the 2015 festival. Married with 5 children and proud Grand Mother to 6, (her busy home life aside) her experience includes over 10 years managing staff and stock as a section manager for a major retail firm. Volunteering for over 10 “not for profit” volunteer organizations in varying roles. Her most recent 20 years as an administrator for a Zone sport organizations roles including, bookkeeping, secretary, and event management, first Aid/ sports medicine. Formal qualifications include cert 2 and 3 in Business administration.

    Treasurer : Greg Jones

    Greg has a Diploma teaching maths and science, a Bachelor of Education Studies and a Graduate Diploma Teacher Librarianship. He retired from teaching after 42 years. During that time he had extensive experience in IT Support, network management and databsase development Married with four adult children, Greg coached junior soccer for eight years and was secretary of Gympie Lions Soccer Club for two of those years. Greg has been a volunteer for the festival since 2014 and was elected to the Board at the 2014 AGM and was secretary during 2015 and in 2016 took on the role of Treasurer.

    Elaine Thompson

    Elaine has a Diploma of Education from Kelvin Grove Teacher’s College. Her career includes 36 years as a primary school teacher, and 13 years as proprietor of her own small business in Gympie. She is a highly respected local businesswoman, is the chair of Gympie and District Financial Services Ltd which trades as the Gympie and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, the chair of CoolArts Gympie and treasurer of HOGISFF in 2015, Gympie Community Gardens, and Gympie Seniors Computer Club. She has been married for 53 years, has three adult children, 14 grand-children and the seventh great-grand child is due shortly. She has been a member of the board for three years.

    Scott Sturgess

    Scott has a BVSc from University of Queensland. He served in the Vietnam war in 1970. Over the next 40 years he worked in private practice and government veterinary clinics and was a political advisor in Borbidge government. He is married with two children and three grandchildren and currently grows lychees on his property east of Gympie. Scott has been involved with the Heart of Gold Festival as a volunteer for two years and is involved as a board member since January 2015.

    Jeanette Wilson

    Jeanette is a small business owner with her partner/husband. Their businesses include a Fruit Tree Propagation Nursery, a Persimmon Orchard, extensive exotic fruit tree orchards and a Bed and Breakfast. Responsible for the formation of a Rare Fruits Council in Gympie and local Orchardist group. A wife and mother of a son and daughter, and three granddaughters spread across the globe. On the Board of Persimmons Australia for 12 years and responsible for the introduction of levies. Jeanette conducted the Secretariat for the Australian Persimmon Industry and was their representative with Horticulture Australia. She is a qualified Rural Leader and has been involved in local farming groups. Previous employment was secretarial and clerical in Electrical Engineering, Government, Banking and a Dairy Cooperative. Previously a board member with Skillcentre, Gympie for three years and a member of various local organisations. Jeanette has been in a Screeners' Group for the past three years, and has volunteered in ticketing and other duties during the Heart of Gold Festivals. Jeanette joined the Board at the 2015 AGM


  • Programme

    2016 PROGRAMME

    2016 Program pdf available here
    2016 PLANNER pdf available here
  • 2015 PROGRAMME

    View the 2015 PROGRAMME PDF

    2015 Winners

    Best Film: Father, Lotfi Achour, France / Tunisia
    Best Australian Film: Home, Charles Williams, Australia
    Best Student Film: Dustin, Kristina Jäger, Germany
    Screener’s Choice Award: Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, Ireland
    Best Cinematography: Karroyul, Kelrick Martin, Australia
    Best Narrative: The Gunfighter, Eric Kissack, USA
    Most Inspirational Film: Stealth, Bennett Lasseter, USA
    Artistic Directors’ Award: The Fish and I, Babak Habbifar, Iran
    Young(er) at Heart (school competition for students in years 7-12): Super Ted, Huntingtower School, Australia

    View the heartfelt acceptance speeches for the winning films here

    2014 PROGRAMME

    View the 2014 Programme PDF

    2014 Winners

    BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM: The Amber Amulet
    BEST YOUTH FILM: The Amber Amulet
    BEST ANIMATION: Rabbit & Deer
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Lady In Number 6
    BEST COMEDY: Funnel
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Aboriginal Heart
    BEST STUDENT FILM: All God's Creatures
    MAYOR’S AWARD: Great Adventures

    SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS: Welcome To Iron Knob, Mr Hublot

    2013 Festival

    The 2013 Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival was a wonderful success with audiences and filmmakers alike enjoying Gympie hospitality and world-class short films.

    2013 Winners

    BEST ANIMATION: Nullarbor
    BEST COMEDY: A First Date
    SCREENER AWARD: The Interviewer
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: Umoja – No Men Allowed
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Lurujarri Dreaming

    SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS: The River and Domo Boys

    2013 Program

    You can download the 2013 Program (pdf) here.
    Or view the full program on Festival Genius.

Mr Hublot
Director: Timothy Reckart



    Girl-Asleep scene
    77 min, Drama, Australia
    Director - Rosemary Myers
    Writer - Matthew Whittet
    Producer - Jo Dyer

    Fifteen is going to turn a corner. It has to.
    The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous – only there can she find herself.

    Based on the critically acclaimed production by Windmill Theatre, GIRL ASLEEP is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind. GIRL ASLEEP made its international premiere as the official opener of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation 14plus program on in February 2016

    “Wide awake to the wonder, terror and giddy confusion of being a 14-year-old adolescent in 1970s Australia — or anywhere at any time, for that matter — Rosemary Myers’ “Girl Asleep” is a strange, savvy, big-hearted teen adventure that feels perfectly pitched to its target audience as well as those of all ages in search of something unquestionably unique.” - VARIETY MAGAZINE


    Sunday is a treat for the whole family! Let your imagination run wild at our ‘Doodles’ Workshop, be inspired by submissions from our country’s next gen of budding filmmakers and skip your way through a few sessions of light-hearted films fit for everyone’s inner child.


    Bring your drawings to life in this hands-on animation session from the creators of ABC Me's Doodles! Watch animator Benjamin Zaugg and composer Joff Bush do their thing, chill out while you watch Doodles Season 1 and draw characters til your heart’s content.


    Screening entries from this year’s Younger At Heart High School Film Competition - this session is a showcase of well-crafted shorts from our industry’s youngest creative minds.


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    Entry to all Festival Events

    Click here to purchase Golden Tickets

    • Super Early bird $150 (if purchased on or before 25 August 2016)

    • Early bird $190 (if purchased on before 29 September 2016)

    • Regular price $210 (if purchased after 29 September 2016)

    Standard Festival Passes
    All events EXCEPT Opening Night Function

    Click here to purchase Standard Festival Passes

    • Super Early bird $120 (if purchased on or before 25 August 2016)

    • Early bird $160 (if purchased on before 29 September 2016)

    • Regular price $180 (if purchased after 29 September 2016)

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Great Adventures
Director: Gerard Lambkin



    Submissions for our Younger At Heart high school film competition are still open - for more information CLICK HERE to go to the Schools section.
  • Award Categories 2016

    There’s a cash prize of $5,000 AUD for Best Short Film and there’s also cash prizes for all other award categories, as listed below:

    • BEST SHORT FILM ($5,000 AUD)
    • BEST STUDENT FILM ($1,000 AUD)
    • BEST SCRIPT ($500 AUD)
    • GYMPIE GOLD Presentedd by Mayor ($500 AUD)

    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes


    Submission deadline: Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday 17 July, 2016

    The festival will be held from 6-9 October, 2016 in Gympie, Queensland, Australia

    Films should not have been made before 1 January, 2014.
    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

    5pm Monday 1 June 2016:

    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    midnight Sunday 18 July 2016:

    STUDENT - $35 AUD

    STUDENTS please note: Student films are eligible for all categories but students should make sure they submit their film in the ‘Best Student Film’ category, and indicate the following details: Name of tertiary institution, year of production, subject. To qualify as ‘student’, the filmmaker must be attending a secondary or tertiary institution (high school or university) and/ or have produced their film whilst enrolled as a student.


    1. . Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGIFF) is open to all film genres and films from all countries. However, film content should be in line with the festival’s ethos and vision. We are seeking films that are: positive, hilarious, witty, whimsical, nourishing, well-crafted, inspiring, thought-provoking, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, enlightening, ground breaking or edgy.

    If you are unsure of eligibility, please contact the festival’s artistic director at artisticdirector@heartofgold.com.au

    2. Films should not have been made prior to 1 January, 2014.

    3. The producer grants the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival the rights to:
    (a) Exhibit the film in the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival and any subsequent tour.
    (b) Reproduce the film for inclusion as part of a compilation.
    (c) Exhibit the production either in part or in total for promotional purposes.

    4. The producer warrants to the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material (i.e. if your film is based on a novel or poem).

    5. Entries will not be considered valid until the entry fee has been paid.

    6. Earlybird entries must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 1 June, 2016

    7. Entries for extended deadline submission must be received by midnight, Sunday 31 July, 2016

    8. Entries may not be withdrawn after 8 August, 2016.

    9. If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent a letter of confirmation from 18 July, 2016 and no later than 19 August. Digital master files must be received by 18 September, 2016.

    10. Materials submitted in the initial entry process will not be returned.

    11. Films in languages other than English must be supplied with English subtitles.

    12. The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival may tour a selection of films in 2016. All films entered in the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival must be available for touring.

    13. The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival will only screen productions finished as a high resolution Apple ProRes, H.264 or MP4 digital file (the following codecs will NOT be accepted FLV, WMV, AVI, or any low res files). Please also ensure your films are supplied with a stereo mix only and not a Dolby 5.1 mix) To ensure your entry is screened correctly, you must also include ratio details (e.g. 1920 x 1080).

    14. Please do NOT send a DVD directly to the festival.

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  • Screening Process

    The festival has become renowned for its high quality programme which is largely thanks to a very unique, methodical two-part screening system. All films are filtered through the festival’s artistic directors, and small groups of screeners that gather in lounge-rooms around Gympie, to review and score the countless submissions.

Director: Robert Lobel



    Australian schools only

    Lights, cameras, action! School students across the country are invited to submit their own short films as part of the 2016 Heart of Gold Festival. This is the perfect opportunity to get your students’ work judged and gain professional recognition. Students can submit assessment pieces, foreign language films, documentaries or start from scratch. All we ask for is that all submissions be compliant with Department of Education guidelines and Heart of Gold values.

    (Click here for the Entry Form and Terms & Conditions)

    Grades 7 - 12
    Length: 3 – 7 minutes
    Delivery Format: USB posted or delivered to Heart of Gold office
    PO Box 726 Gympie QLD 4570
    232 Mary Street Gympie QLD 4570
    Entry Fee: free
    Send questions via eMail

The Amber Amulet
Director: Matthew Moore




    Why does a film make you laugh? What does the filmmaker do that makes their film so funny? You'll work on short scenes, and use techniques you learn to make them extra funny, and hopefully have the rest of the class in stitches at the end when you perform them!


    In this masterclass for adults, we'll look at the specifics of writing and directing a comedy film. Using examples from some of the greatest comedy films, we'll delve into the specific techniques used to bring out the humour in a script. Then, with a short scripted scene, we'll apply our learned techniques to add comedy and humour. The class will conclude with a live script reading of our new comedy scenes (and hopefully a decent amount of laughter).


    Tim Marshall is an award-winning Australian writer/director with an asymmetrical curiosity and a passion for exploring our misbalanced lives, from the joy to the pain. His short films have screened at numerous notable film festivals the world over, including Sundance, SXSW, Palm Springs, Frameline and Outfest. In 2013, his short film ‘Gorilla’ won the Iris Prize in the UK, awarding him £25K to make his next short film.

    The outcome of this, ‘Followers’, is a short version of his feature screenplay of the same name. The feature screenplay earned him a place in the 2014 Outfest Screenwriting Lab and made it to the semi-finals round of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship. 'Followers' the feature film has been developed through Screen Queensland, and will be filmed in Tim's hometown of Brisbane, Australia. ‘Followers’, the short film, had its world premiere in competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival followed by a screening in competition at SXSW 2015, and as part of the Accelerator program at the Melbourne International Film Festival.


    What is a hybrid documentary? Join this Master Class to learn more about this hotly debated genre of documentary filmmaking and explore the different ways filmmakers have used fictional storytelling techniques to tell real stories. This Master Class, presented by filmmaker Margaret McHugh, will also examine her creative process through a case study of her latest award winning hybrid documentary The Drover’s Boy. McHugh will also touch on festival submission strategies and the basics in marketing a short film.

    Documentary Filmmaker

    Margaret McHugh is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in Sydney. Margaret has a degree in Video Art from the Australian National University School of Art and studied documentary directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Her films have screened at many festivals including Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival and Worldfest-Houston International Film and Video Festival.

    Margaret has also worked for the Sydney Film Festival and Antenna Documentary Film Festival in programming and marketing. She is currently doing her Master of Research (Hybrid Documentary) at Macquarie University, which is a research-training pathway to a PhD. Margaret looks forward to continuing to explore the boundary between video art and documentary filmmaking in her creative practice.

Rabbit and Deer
Director: Peter Vacz



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    Festival Passes on sale now

    Entry to all Festival Events

    Click here to purchase Golden Tickets

    • Super Early bird $150 (if purchased on or before 25 August 2016)

    • Early bird $190 (if purchased on before 29 September 2016)

    • Regular price $210 (if purchased after 29 September 2016)

    Standard Festival Passes
    All events EXCEPT Opening Night Function

    Click here to purchase Standard Festival Passes

    • Super Early bird $120 (if purchased on or before 25 August 2016)

    • Early bird $160 (if purchased on before 29 September 2016)

    • Regular price $180 (if purchased after 29 September 2016)


    Accommodation Sponsors

    The Great Eastern Motor Inn – Gympie 3.5 star rated
    For bookings phone Derek on 07 5482 6445 and mention Heart of Gold.
    Go to The Great Eastern Motor Inn site

    Amamoor Lodge – Amamoor 4.5 star rated
    For bookings phone Malcolm on 07 5484 3500 and mention Heart of Gold.
    Go to The Amamoor Lodge site

    Other Accommodation options in Gympie Region

    Eastwood Farm B&B
    Gympie Muster Inn
    Mary River Motor Inn
    Rossmount Rural Retreat B&B
    Shady Rest Motel

    Budget options

    Empire Hotel
    Fox Glen Motor Inn
    The Royal Hotel
    Victory Hotel Motel

  • Merchandise


    Get your classic Heart of Gold T-shirt while they last. T-shirts can be purchased at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like one posted. $20 each (+ postage if required)

    Leunig T-shirt

    Ceramic mugs with the Heart of Gold Logo can be purchased during the Festival at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like to collect some or have them posted. $10 each (+ postage if required)



    Environmentally friendly hessian coolers with the Heart of Gold Logo can be purchased during the Festival at the Festival shop or contact the office if you would like to collect some or have them posted. $10 each (+ postage if required)


    Office Contact Details

    Email: info@heartofgold.com.au

    Postal Address:

    PO Box 726
    Gympie QLD 4570

    Visit us at:

    232 Mary Street
    Gympie, Queensland

  • Strike Gold with our Art with heart

    In partnership with Joolie Gibbs and her team at the Gympie Regional Gallery, Art with Heart has become a much-loved and anticipated feature (or ‘gem’!) of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

    Consisting of 10 artworks donated by renowned local artists, it’s the festival’s major fundraiser and an exclusive opportunity for private collectors and businesses that are looking to acquire unique artworks.

    There are ONLY 500 tickets up for grabs (so the odds are very good), they’re $20 each, and they’ll be drawn on Sunday afternoon 9th October 2016 according to a special system: When you buy a ticket, you’ll record your order of preference for each of the artworks, from 1-10. As tickets are drawn, winners will be allotted their highest preferred artwork, depending on pieces available at the time. So … even if you’re drawn first or last you may still win the piece of art that you prefer!

    Tickets are available now online, or by calling: 07 5482 4547. Tickets can also be purchased at the festival.

    Buy online now
    | View the 2016 Art With Heart PDF

    Ceramic hanging mobile
    Justine Newport
    Wind Chime

    This is designed as Fairy Tale Pottery for grown up people. After many years making smaller wind chimes in Harmony Wood Pottery I have made some more spectacular pieces such as this wind chime with 300 heart shaped porcelain leaves pressed out by hand from those of the Bodhi Tree. These gentle sounds would sooth any environment. Ceramic hanging mobile 2.3m
    Contact Details
    Send eMail | ✉ PO Box 785,Cooroy, 4563 |

    Richard Newport
    Heart table / stool

    This heart table is made from recycled local bunya pine and hard wood. The brass heart (Sorry not gold) makes it a unique piece of furniture especially designed for this year’s Art of Heart raffle. It’s been finished with an danish oil so can be buffed up at to restore its lustre. 570mmh x 430mm x 430mm
    Contact Details
    Send eMail | ✉ PO Box 785,Cooroy, 4563 | Web site

    Adrienne McVerry
    Dragonfly Garden Art

    This is a piece of outdoor Garden Art created to catch the changing rays of the sun in the garden. The dragonfly, in iridescent glass is copper foiled into a deep blue background and it’s red eyes come alive in the direct light, eg rising or setting sun. This unique piece of art work is displayed in a 190mm x 1580mm wide piece of rustic old hardwood that is attached to a star picket in the garden, therefore movable if one so desires over time.
    Contact Details
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    Don Milner
    Rolling Wave

    Looking north over the top of a rolling and breaking wave, we see people enjoying endless beaches at Coolum which has a misty haze glowing in the afternoon light.
    Acrylic on canvas 880mm x385mm
    Contact Details
    Send eMail | ✉ PO Box 274, Eumundi Q 4562 | Web site

    Lisa Stamos

    The two kookaburras seen in this painting were regular visitors to my home, majestic but noisy with the sound of laughter and seemingly happy to pose long enough for me to paint them, always leaving me with a feeling of awe and how fortunate I was to spend time with them. Laughing is my attempt for you to capture this feeling. The abstract background suggests that the kookaburras demand all my attention and everything else is purely in the background.
    Painting 690mm x 900mm
    Contact Details
    Send eMail | Web site

    Jenny Hawkes Wright
    Sunrise from Prickle Farm

    Painted on site from Kandanga as the dawn broke behind Mt Cooroora shedding light on the rising mist in the valley, casting long shadows of cypress trees down the hillside. Friend and fellow artist Meredith Hoffman lived on Prickle Farm. I dedicate this watercolour to her memory.
    Watercolour 480mm x 820mm
    Contact Details
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    Pam Walpole
    Misty Outcrop

    A rocky outcrop looms from the rising fog to welcome another sunny winter’s day - its shape reflected in the stream below.
    Mixed media on canvas. 600mm x 900mm
    Contact Details
    | Web site

    Barbara Hart
    Autumn in my Heart

    Pure silk scarf eco-dyed using native plants. Argyle apple leaves from NSW give the red brown colour, and a yet to be identified heart shaped leaf, that falls on my roadway at Langshaw, gives the yellowish shade.
    Silk scarf 280mm x 1600mm

    Sherrie Rowan
    Red and Gold

    The painting encompasses the rich display of red tulips in a terracotta vase, complemented by an antique gold background and frame. Flowers have always been part of our lives. Their simple presence in our home or work can lift our spirits. Flowers can make us smile.
    Painting 400mm x 800mm
    Contact Details
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    Peter Harris
    Ceramic pot

    The figures dance in a celebration of life itself and of how change and serendipity makes its mark on each of us.
    This work has been fired in the Raku manner where the pot is removed from the kiln when has reached its temperature (over 1,000 degrees c).
    Dousing the form in combustible materials then gives rise to the colour and markings on the surface.
    160mm x 180mm
    Contact Details
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All God's Creatures
Director: Brendon McDonall

Satellite Events


Heart of Gold hits the road once again and heads south for Noosa, screening a stellar selection of highlights from our 2015 festival!

Monday 19th September at 6:30pm
BCC Cinema Noosa
$10 per ticket
For further information, please click here.


Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival Highlights from 2015

The little film festival with a big heart made the 'filmgrimage' south again to showcase some of our favourite and award winning films from HOGISFF2015.
Warehouse Space at Producers Hotel | 235 Grenfell St, Adelaide, Thursday 23 June | 6:00 PM

Poop On Poverty
Director: Vijay Jodha


  • Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor
    Prime Selection Logo
    Major sponsor
    Gympie Regional Council Logo 
    Platinum sponsors
    Skill Centred Logo
    Shahid Khan CPA

    Gold Hearts, Best Film Award and Government Grants

    Australian Government Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Logo   Queensland Government (RADF) Logo   Bendigo Bank Logo   Gympie Funerals Logo   ChannonLawrence Logo   Gympie RSL Logo   Corbet's Group Logo   Schuh Group Logo   Screen Queensland Logo   AvantCard Logo

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    Great Eastern Motor Inn Logo   Pacific Gympie Logo

    Bronze Hearts

    SHINE Lawyers Logo   Robertson Brothers Sawmills Logo

    Session Heart and Film Award Sponsors

    Dixon Dental Logo   Anglicare SQ Logo   Foxy Lady Logo   Inspirations Paint Logo   Bamboo Textiles Logo   Gympie Vet Services Logo   Mia Bella Logo  

    Film Craft Awards

    Saddlesafe: Best Student
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    Agents2Go: Best Australian
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    Helping Hearts

    Tom Grady
    Cooloola self storage
    All about eyes
    Connolly Dore Lawyers
    Jones Hill Store
    The Property Shop

    Friends of the Festival

    Kingston House Impressions
    Tony Perrett
    Bamboo refined
    River Dental
    Con and Jenny Walsh
    George and Kim Springhall
    Koala Accounting and Taxation
    Lillian Shelton
    Northa Burnett
    Kingston's Office National
    Hair Review
    Mary Valley Law

  • Volunteers

    Volunteers work on the festival organisation for around 10 months to help deliver a world-class program of short films, master classes and filmmaker Q & As.

    There are over 150 hearts of gold who help with the festival every year and we wouldn’t be able to run it without them!

    New volunteers can join teams already busy with administrations, sponsorship, film screener groups, ticketing, promotions, ushering, bar work, decoration, presenting sessions, master classes and school visits.

    If you’d like to find out more, please contact the Heart of Gold office:

    Email: volunteering@heartofgold.com.au
    Phone: +61 7 5482 4547

    Please visit us at:
    232 Mary Street
    Gympie Qld 4570

    Volunteers Newsletter Archive

  • Members

    The membership period for HOGISFF is the financial year. New members are welcome. Click here to download an application form
    Email: membership@heartofgold.com.au

    The AGM for 2016 will be held at 7:00pm on 30 November 2016 at 232 Mary Street Gympie.
    Nomination forms for election to the Management Board available for download here.
    Proxy Voting forms for 2016 AGM available for download here.

    Phone: +61 7 5482 4547

    Please visit us at:
    232 Mary Street
    Gympie Qld 4570

Director: Nicolas Deveaux


  • Gympie, Queensland – Home of the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Gympie is a picturesque, historic, rural town surrounded by beautiful countryside and filled with friendly faces. The name of the festival ‘Heart of Gold’ pays tribute to Gympie’s gold-mining history as well as the content of the films we show.

    Situated at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Gympie is nestled amongst rolling hills with the Mary River flowing through it. It is home to wonderful wineries and produce, historic gold-mine tours and one of Australia’s largest and most successful music festivals (Gympie Music Muster, every year in August).

    Easily accessible from Gympie is the Fraser Coast, well-known for whale watching, fishing, boating, 4WDing beaches and the stunning Fraser Island. The Sunshine Coast is less than an hour away, where you’ll find fantastic beaches, resorts, world-class restaurants and cafes and the serene Noosa National Park in Noosa Heads.

  • Venue

    Gympie Civic Centre


    Address: 32 Mellor Street, Gympie.
    Phone: 1300 307 800

  • Map

  • Places to stay

    There is something for everyone’s budget from 4.5 star B & Bs to value for money motels.

    Accommodation Sponsors

    The Great Eastern Motor Inn – Gympie 3.5 star rated
    For bookings phone Derek on 07 5482 6445 and mention Heart of Gold.
    Go to The Great Eastern Motor Inn site

    Amamoor Lodge – Amamoor 4.5 star rated
    For bookings phone Malcolm on 07 5484 3500 and mention Heart of Gold.
    Go to The Amamoor Lodge site

    Other Accommodation options in Gympie Region

    Eastwood Farm B&B
    Gympie Muster Inn
    Mary River Motor Inn
    Rossmount Rural Retreat B&B
    Shady Rest Motel

    Budget options

    Empire Hotel
    Fox Glen Motor Inn
    The Royal Hotel
    Victory Hotel Motel

    Or click here and Gympie Accommodation will offer several more options.

    For more accommodation options visit cooloola.org.au.

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  • Eat & Drink

    Visit the Gympie RSL and enjoy the experience with affordable meals and live entertainment

    The Empire Hotel offers great value food and drink in a delightful small boutique restaurant environment.

    Emilia’s offers an authentic Italian deli and cafe experience in Gympie and has extended opening hours just for the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

    Kingston House Impressions is a fully licensed a la carte restaurant found in the heart of Gympie.

    Charlies Hotel has recently been renovated and offers the largest range of beers, wines and spirits in the Gympie Region.

    Red Rooster Gympie offers quick, tasty meals with minimum fuss.

    For places to eat and drink in Gympie visit cooloola.org.au.

  • What to do

    This is a truly beautiful part of Australia, with a lot to see and do.

    Visit the tourism websites of the region to help you plan your trip: Cooloola.org.au and TourismSunshineCoast.com.au

    Fraser Island is easily accessible from Gympie. Ferries depart just 3/4 hour drive away at Rainbow Beach.

    Visit the surf at Rainbow Beach or picnic and walk in the the area’s rich reserve of national parks.

    Or if you’re wanting to fill in time between sessions; have a look around the town, the gold mine museum, the art gallery, or try gold fossicking, gliding or get in a round of golf. And then come back for some world class inspiring shorts for the family.

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