AFTER a year's hiatus, it's all systems go for Gympie's 2013 Heart of Gold International Film Festival, and there are some exciting new developments to be announced.
The short film festival is just weeks away and the selection of films for screening is now being finalised in time for the event, which runs from July 11-14.
Filmmakers from around the world will be screening their films in Gympie and it's time for locals and all Queenslanders to see this unique event through their eyes and gain a different perspective learned from looking at life through a lens.
There are many positive testimonials from filmmakers who say Heart of Gold is a major event on their calendar - let's mark it down on ours and tell family and friends around Australia to visit on that weekend.
The festival showcases Gympie in its most positive light.
Ten Canoes' producer Sue Murray said the festival was as important as Cannes, Berlin and Sundance to filmmakers, and that was reflected in the high standard of films screened.
The name has gravity. The brand has meaning.
Filmmakers are excited to be invited to take part in this unique event.
Filmmaker Andy Mullins' award-winning short film, Minnie Loves Junior, was the opening movie at the last Heart of Gold festival, held in 2011.
He and his co-writer/director brother screened their movie across Australia and across the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Paris and Berlin, and at festivals in Spain, Ecuador, Poland and China.
"In all the festivals we have travelled to...around the world, the program at Heart of Gold was one of the best I have seen, let alone had the privilege to be a part of," Andy said.
"To have a cinema full of people collectively laugh, gasp and - yes, I heard them - even cry, in a short film program is utterly unique to your festival. It's extraordinary."
This year there are some new additions, including the inaugural award for best youth film.