11TH HEART OF GOLD INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILMS

September 3, 2018

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival have revealed a remarkable session of Opening Night films to kick off their 11th festival, running from the 4th-7th of October. This is a taste of the great things to come when they unveil their full program on the 6th of September.
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11TH HEART OF GOLD INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILMS

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival have revealed a remarkable session of Opening Night films to kick off their 11th festival, running from the 4th-7th of October. This is a taste of the great things to come when they unveil their full program on the 6th of September.

Heart of Gold has a long history of championing Australian filmmakers, and this year is no different. Australian filmmakers Nicole Coventry and Natalie van den Dungen are both alumni to the festival and are returning to Heart of Gold with their newest short Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful for its Australian Premiere. The short is a universal story of friendship and the filmmakers are very excited for it to be screening at a festival that is close to their hearts.

“After screening around the world at 11 festivals already, we are so happy that Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful will be making its Australian premiere on opening night at this year’s Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival,” say Nicole and Natalie. “We’ve both had films screen at the Festival over the years and are such fans of its unique and special spirit, and always look forward to an opportunity to return to Gympie. We are so honoured to be screening and can’t wait for opening night!”

All These Creatures, by Charles Williams, which won the coveted Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will be another Australian edition to the evening. “It’s an honour for me to have my film make its Queensland Premiere at the opening night of Heart of Gold. Growing up regionally myself I would have killed to have had a festival like this in my home town,” says Charles.

The Opening Night lineup includes a diverse range of short films from Australia and the world. Shorts from abroad include BAFTA Winner from Scotland Stems (director Ainslie Henderson), the Australia premiere of a new short animation from Dreamworks Bilby and the first Australian festival screening of Turkish documentary Rebuilding in Miniature (director Veena Rao).

Rounding off the night will be two more Australian editions.  The Queensland premiere of comedy favourite Your Call is Important To Us (pictured, director T.J Power) and Brisbane short film Fitting (director Emily Avila).

Along with the program of high calibre shorts, Opening Night at Heart of Gold includes the ever-popular fire ceremony and live entertainment from festival favourites Hat Fitz and Cara.

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival runs from 4 – 7 October at the Gympie Civic Centre. Tickets are on sale in September.

For more information about the festival, please visit: www.heartofgold.com.au

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