Heart of Gold returns

The breathtaking location for the Heart of Gold's 'A Summer Evening' event.

Gympie’s favourite short film festival is brushing off the pandemic and welcoming summer with a night of short films, music, food, drinks and dancing under the stars.

The event, ‘A Summer Evening’ will take place on a property on the Mary River on Saturday December 11. Tickets are on sale now.

Festival Director Jackson Lapsley Scott said the Heart of Gold team are excited to be back in action.

“We’re thrilled to be back, and to get to put together such a magical night for Gympie. This is the event we’ve dreamed of running for years.”

Under a giant festoon-lit fig tree there will be food trucks, live bands, a cash bar run by Rotary, and two sessions of heartwarming short films unlikely to have been seen before.

Film goers are advised to bring their own chair or picnic for an evening of moonlight cinema under the stars. Free parking is available onsite.

The musical lineup includes Brisbane rock troubadour Full Flower Moon Band’s Kate Herrington; local legend singer songwriter Ashley Pel; and party-starting funky covers act MIX&MATCH.

Long-time festival volunteer Claudia Granshaw said this is the perfect event to invite friends along and have that Christmas catchup it can be so hard to find time for.

Tickets are available now via Facebook, Eventbrite or emailing the Heart of Gold Festival. $25 for a single, $15 for any under 25s, and $70 for a family ticket. More info and updates on the festival’s Facebook.

The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival has been running in Gympie since 2007, with a mission to bring heartwarming short films to the community.

The festival has grown to become a major player on the national circuit and attracts huge audiences to the town every year for four days of films, events, masterclasses, parties, Q&As and more in the Gympie Civic Centre.

“The Gympie community has always shown our festival so much love. This one is a bit of an end of year ‘thanks’ for that, and a celebration that we’re back in action after a rough couple years” Mr Lapsley Scott said.