01 Premier Campbell NewmanCampbell Newman – Premier of Queensland

The Heart of Gold International Film Festival is fast establishing itself as one of the pre-eminent film festivals in Queensland, if not Australia. It will showcase a range of short films from around the world, each telling its own unique and uplifting tale. There’ll be plenty of laughs and perhaps a few tears as well, as some of the world’s most respected and well-established filmmakers share their own unique outlooks and perspectives. Those who attend will enjoy performances from top class actors, including Dame Judy Dench, Jack Thompson, Martin Freeman and Emma Thompson, all in one of Queensland’s warmest communities.

It will also provide a platform for some of Queensland’s best up-and-coming moviemakers to show off their creativity and ideas. The Heart of Gold International Film Festival is an event on Gympie’s social calendar not to be missed and is made possible by the contributions of hundreds of volunteers, reinforcing what a resilient and dynamic community Gympie surely is.

I urge as many Queenslanders as possible to enjoy the entertainment Heart of Gold has to offer – and thank the people of Gympie for their generous hospitality.

Cr Ron Dyne picCr Ron Dyne – Mayor of Gympie

It is indeed an honour that I have this opportunity, on behalf of Councillors and residents of the Gympie Region, to welcome all to the sixth annual Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

Gympie Regional Council proudly supports this wonderful event’s positive concept, which inspires the enthusiasm of our community.

Each year the Festival fulfils its mission “to screen and promote films that nourish our minds and spirits, inspire hope and above all make us smile”.  2013 is perhaps a year in which that particular focus is needed in our Region, however, the community spirit which lifts us during difficult periods, is also the reason the Heart of Gold International Film Festival flourishes with the support of volunteers, artists and business alike.

To all those wonderful organisers and behind the scenes workers, I would like to express my gratitude for your hard work, which ensures that the Heart of Gold International Film Festival has become a significant event in the Regions cultural calendar each year.

The Gympie Region is part of one of the most vibrant and fast growing areas of Australia and we hope that whilst here to enjoy the festival, visitors to our Region get the opportunity to appreciate the enviable lifestyle our residents enjoy. Maybe even taking time to visit the picturesque Mary Valley, or the unique coloured sands of Rainbow Beach and enjoy the magnificent waters of the Great Sandy Strait, whilst tempting tastebuds with locally grown redclaw, steak, olives and cheeses.

I, along with the community of the Gympie Region, look forward to another successful Festival, one filled with outstanding films, fantastic support from all sectors and generally, a wonderful experience for all concerned.