Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival Returns with Over 170 Shorts


Australia’s largest regional short film festival adds music, talks, VR and more, unveiling a program celebrating the voices of the community

The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival returns after 2 years with a significantly expanded offering designed to welcome the community back after the floods with a wealth of free programming 27-30 October at Gympie. Tickets are now available.

With world premieres of Award-winning films, free calls on growing food and mushrooms, podcasting classescommunity sing along, Virtual reality painting Lessons and a “ball gown and boots” Opening night soireethe festival celebrates the connection between regional Australia and the global arts scene.

This edition of the festival includes 170 short films curated in 40 feature-length sessions Programmed around themes from “Family Dynamics” to “Festival’s Fringe”. Sessions take place Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm in two indoor and a new outdoor Moonlight Cinema for atmospheric screenings under the stars. A very special closing night presentation will feature Heart of Gold The Australian cult classic CRACKERJACK to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.

Since 2006, Heart of Gold has brought filmmakers and audiences together to celebrate works that enrich the human spirit. This year, the program extends to a series of lectures, music, virtual reality experiences and more, offered free of charge throughout the festival.

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“Heart of Gold has always been a wonderful conversation between our national film scene and this vibrant regional community. We are thrilled to be able to present fantastic voices from both sides of that conversation in the fun, warm setting of our festival this year,” says Jackson Lapsley Scott, Festival Director.

The front garden is Heart of Gold’s new festival hub, serviced by food trucks, a café and bar, with music and talks in the breaks between film sessions. Speakers include mycologist Dr. Sandra Tuszynska, the film professors Dr. Phoebe Macrossan and Amanda Fiedler, Butchulla filmmaker Luke Barrowcliffe, regenerative farmer Amber Scott, Gubbi Gubbi Elder Christine Stuart, and Bush-Tucker expert Russell Bennett.

The soul singer is one of the musicians who go on the cattle car stage Pink Mack with her 7-piece big band Americana Folk Swooners These peoplecountry singer Alice BenferJamaican Arrernte RnB artist SUCHLD, retro rockers caravanhandmade instrument of the extra class It’n’Flomelodic blues duo Gaz & Gav & local high school act Hugo & the Beehive.

The prospectus is a Heart of Gold premiere exhibition exploring the future and frontiers of audiovisual storytelling. It includes a Showcase of contemporary video art curated by an award-winning writer/director and programmer Emily Avila, a treasure trove of interviews with film practitioners to dive into, and the Virtual reality

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dome where patrons can explore a range of virtual reality experiences curated by the Australian VR Film Festival.

In addition to this programming, there are a number of workshops. Podcasting Intensive takes participants over 4 hours to create and publish their first podcast. Guests learn to create multi-dimensional masterpieces Paint in VR. and Music Video Roundtables Give creatives a chance to sit down and chat with the filmmakers behind clips for acts Ball Park Music, Sheppard, Sycco, Cub Sport, Clea, Pete Murray, Dune Rats and more.

The 2022 film program will be shown 6 world premieres, 30 Australian premieres and over 60 Queensland premieres. The programming team has visited festivals from Flickerfest to Cannes to bring the world’s finest short films to regional Queensland. Movies play in competition for over $10,000 in prizesjudged by an industry jury.

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Vanessa Gasycreator of global Netflix hit ECHOES and Stan Original EDEN joins the jury with the co-founder of the Queensland Film Festival John EdmondPresident of the Noosa Film Society Holly Pittmanand co-chairman of Gympie’s first professional theater company, Playwrights Sofia Abbey.

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“We are delighted to have such a distinguished jury and to have them all at the festival and mingling with the visiting filmmakers and guests! It’s a unique opportunity to make natural connections with people in the industry from across the country,” says Jackson.

family day has long entertained youth at Heart of Gold, and this year the offering is expanding. A single ticket gives access to three kid-friendly short film sessions, a live musical theater show from the enchanting Nana Magic, Tilly & Friendsas well as face painting, roaming performances, an ice cream truck and the interactive Circus Corner activities. The family day takes place on Sunday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Other highlights of the festival are the theme “Ballgowns & Boots”. Opening night soiree with live bands and films under the stars, an evening of local stories and songs amateur storytelling and a community sing-alonga live recording of Cult comedy podcast Boonta VistaJury talks Award ceremony 2022and a very special 20th anniversary presentation of The Australian cult comedy classic CRACKERJACK.

Tickets are now available Visit heartofgold.com.au for more information and the full programme


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