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  • Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

    Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia from 8-11 October 2015, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival (HOGIFF) is one of the gems in the crown of Australian short film festivals but we like to think it has extra sparkle thanks to its unique mission: To showcase well-crafted, nourishing and uplifting short films from around the world.

    The four-day programme typically sees an opening night, gala awards evening, ‘filmmaker presents’ slots and up to 30 sessions cram-packed with about 120 short films from all genres that best capture HOGIFF’s vision to screen films that are: positive, witty, whimsical, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, 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 heart!

    All films are competing for the best film award (which carries a prize of $5000) and other award categories including: Best Australian film, best student film, screener’s choice, best cinematography, best narrative, most inspirational, and artistic directors’ awards. HOGIFF judges certainly know ‘how to pick em’ as last year’s ‘best film’, The Phone Call, went on to take out the Academy Award for Best Short – Live Action.

    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 in Gympie, to review and score the countless submissions.

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Programme

  • 2015 PROGRAMME

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  • 2014 PROGRAMME


    View the 2014 Programme PDF

  • 2014 Festival

    2014 Winners

    BEST SHORT FILM (SPONSORED BY THE SCHUH GROUP): The Phone Call
    BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM: The Amber Amulet
    BEST QUEENSLAND FILM: Teagan
    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
    THE SCREENERS’ AWARD FOR THE MOST INSPIRING FILM: In The Nick Of Time
    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

    THE SCHUH & CO. BEST FILM AWARD: Asad
    BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM: Julian
    YOUTH FILM AWARD: Time
    BEST QUEENSLAND FILM: Mud Crab
    BEST ANIMATION: Nullarbor
    BEST COMEDY: A First Date
    SCREENER AWARD: The Interviewer
    LORD MAYOR’S AWARD: May
    BEST DOCUMENTARY: Umoja – No Men Allowed
    BEST INDIGENOUS FILM: Lurujarri Dreaming
    BEST STUDENT FILM: Bino

    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

News

  • 2015 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

    We’re seeking short films from all genres (up to 30 minutes in length) that best capture HOGIFF’s vision of screening films that are: positive, witty, whimsical, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, 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 heart!

    To submit your film please go to the Submit page.

    ENTRIES FOR EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    Monday 1 June 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $35 AUD

    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    ENTRIES FOR EXTENDED DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    Saturday 18 July 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $50 AUD

    STUDENT - $35 AUD

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Great Adventures
Director: Gerard Lambkin

Location

  • 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

    Location

    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.

    The Empire Hotel offers value accommodation in Gympie. Clean modern rooms at unbeatable rates, right in the heart of Gympie.

    Amamoor Lodge is a 4.5 star authentic country bed and breakfast experience in picturesque Mary Valley near Gympie.

    Lagoon Pocket B&B offers a peaceful setting, a beautiful room and a great breakfast to start your day and only a few minutes drive from Gympie CBD and the Bruce Highway.

    The Garden Cottages are only 5 minutes south of Gympie town centre, and are your relaxing oasis in the Cooloola region.

    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.

Pony Place
Director: Joost Reijmers

Submit

  • 2015 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

    We’re seeking short films from all genres (up to 30 minutes in length) that best capture HOGIFF’s vision of screening films that are: positive, witty, whimsical, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, quirky, 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 heart!

    To submit your film please go to the reelport or Withoutabox sites.


    Reelport.com       Withoutabox


    ENTRIES FOR EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS CLOSE:
    Monday 1 June 2015


    NON STUDENT - $35 AUD

    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    ENTRIES FOR EXTENDED DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE:
    Saturday 18 July 2015


    NON STUDENT - $50 AUD

    STUDENT - $35 AUD

  • Award Categories 2015

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

    • BEST SHORT FILM ($5,000AUD)
    • BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST STUDENT FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • SCREENER’S CHOICE AWARD ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY ($1,000AUD)
    • BEST NARRATIVE ($1,000AUD)
    • MOST INSPIRATIONAL FILM ($1,000AUD)
    • ARTISTIC DIRECTORS’ AWARD ($1,000AUD)

    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

  • ENTRY GUIDELINES

    IMORTANT DATES:
    Submission deadline: Entries must be received by 5pm, Saturday 18 July, 2015

    The festival will be held from 8-11 October, 2015 in Gympie, Queensland, Australia

    Award winners will be announced during the award night festivities on 10 October, 2015. We encourage all filmmakers to attend!

    Films should not have been made before 1 January, 2013.
    MAXIMUM LENGTH: 30 minutes

    ENTRIES FOR EARLY BIRD SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    5pm Monday 1 June 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $35 AUD
    STUDENT - $20 AUD

    ENTRIES FOR EXTENDED DEADLINE SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
    5pm Saturday 18 July 2015:


    NON STUDENT - $50 AUD
    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.

  • TERMS & CONDITIONS

    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, 2013.

    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, Monday 1 June, 2015

    7. Entries for extended deadline submission must be received by 5pm, Saturday 18 July, 2015

    8. Entries may not be withdrawn after 8 August, 2015.

    9. If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent a letter of confirmation from 18 July, 2015 and no later than 1 August. Digital master files must be received by 18 September, 2015.

    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 2015. 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 DISK with your digital file directly to Reelport. Please upload your film directly via the Reelport website.

    Please do NOT send a DVD directly to the festival. Either upload your film directly on reelport or - in case of technical problems - send Reelport a DVD (upload charge 5 reels(5 EUR).

    reelport GmbH
    Von-Werth-Strasse 37
    50 670 Cologne
    Germany

  • 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.

Wind
Director: Robert Lobel

Learn

  • Master Classes

    As part of the 2015 Festival, Heart of Gold will see a fun and hands on filmmaking master class program designed specifically for students and the community. Master classes will be run over four days from the 7th - 10th October.


    Master Class Program PDF

    Master Class Booking PDF

    Master Class Venue Location and Parking PDF

  • CINEMATOGRAPHER’S MASTER CLASS

    Grades 10 - 12
    120 minutes (30 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $40

    Working with an award winning Director of Photography (DOP), participants will gain professional industry relevant insight into the world of cinematography. State of the art equipment will be used to demonstrate major aspects of cinematography such as composition, camera movement using dollies and jib arms and lighting. Not only will students be able to ask one on one questions they will also get the opportunity to operate equipment and view on monitors, the results of their work. Students will also have the opportunity to watch a selection of films from the festival and deconstruct them with the DOP.

  • CLAYMATION MASTER CLASS

    Grades 7 - 10
    90 minutes (20 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $25

    Master the art of stop motion animation in this fun and hands on class. Create your own clay characters and learn how to make your very own Stop Animation so that you can film their adventures! Using iPads and readily available software, participants will learn how to turn everyday devices into movie making and story telling machines. All Claymation films will be available for download after the class. The fun doesn’t stop there (pardon the pun), our Artistic Directors will choose their favourite Claymation and show it during the festival.

  • MAKE YOUR OWN ZOMBIE MOVIE

    Grades 2 – 7
    90 minute Session (15 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $25

    Be prepared to be scared out of this life, as you become a frighteningly amazing filmmaker! Participants will learn how to use an iPad to make their very own shockingly, eye –bulging Zombie film. All films will be horrifically available for download after the session so that you can scare the living daylights out of your friends and families...when they least expect it. Our gruesome Artistic Directors will choose their favourite, which will be screened during the apocalyptic festival.

  • EXTREME FILMMAKING WITH SMALL DEVICES

    Grades 9 - 12
    3 hour session (20 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $35

    Participants are shown how they can an iPad to capture professional looking screen footage and how to use various functions of the device to incorporate professional cinematography, editing and visual effects techniques. A must workshop for all students looking to get the most out of easily accessible technology.

  • FILMMAKING FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES

    Professional Development and Portal into the world of film
    7 hour session (lunch provided) (25 per session)
    All equipment provided
    Cost: $80

    Designed as a course for professional development, this workshop will give you the leading edge on your students. Over 7 hours you will learn the art of utilising small devices to create professionally shot, edited and graded vision. This will give you a great arsenal of extension tools to pull out and impress your tech-savvy students with.

  • “YOUNG(ER) AT HEART” - SCHOOL AGE SHORT FILM COMEPTITION

    Grades 7 - 12
    Length: 5 – 7 minutes
    Delivery Format: USB posted or delivered to Heart of Gold office
    Entries Close: 18th September
    Entry Fee: free
    Winning Entry Prize: GoPro camera

    Lights, cameras, action! School students across the country are invited to submit their own short films as part of the 2015 Heart of Gold Festival. This is the perfect opportunity to get your students’ work judged and gain professional recognition. What’s more, the winner will receive the latest GoPro. 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.
    (See the attached Entry Form and Terms & Conditions)

Rabbit and Deer
Director: Peter Vacz

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Director: Brendon McDonall

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