Held in the historical regional gold-mining town of Gympie in Queensland, Australia, the 10th Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival will be the best and biggest yet. Running from 5-8 October 2017, Heart of Gold celebrates well-crafted films from around the world that deeply resonate with the viewer. The four-day program includes industry masterclasses, a stunning 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 heart-warming, thought-provoking and entertaining. They can be edgy, they can be groundbreaking and they can be downright hilarious – as long as they beat with a good, strong heart.
Over ten 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, cherished submissions. This makes Heart of Gold films not only treasured by the community around them, but also sure to stand the test of time nationally and abroad.
Awards & Prizes
All films in the festival compete for the Best Short Film award, which carries a generous prize of $5000 (AUD).
• BEST SHORT FILM ($5,000AUD)
• BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM ($1,000AUD)
• BEST STUDENT FILM ($1,000AUD)
• SCREENERS' CHOICE AWARD ($500AUD)
• BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY ($500AUD)
• BEST SCRIPT ($500AUD)
• MOST INSPIRING TRUE STORY ($500AUD)
• GYMPIE GOLD AWARD ($500AUD)
Entries close July 31. For more information visit the Heart of Gold website.