AFTER receiving more than 500 entries from 49 countries, the Heart of Gold International Film Festival has closed submissions for the 2011 film selections.
Now the real work begins for festival director Malcolm Blaylock as it is from this collection that a world-class line up of comedies, dramas, animations and documentaries must be created and programmed.
With nearly 200 films scheduled – along with special events, forums and industry workshops – the Heart of Gold selection process is quite an undertaking.
When the festival opens on March 17, audiences will be treated to a program showcasing the work of filmmakers from our own backyard, and from across the globe.
To ensure the growth of Heart of Gold’s program, Malcolm spent extensive time in 2010 travelling to global film hot spots and festivals in 2010 while meeting with a wide spectrum of filmmakers.
In particular, his attendance at the highly regarded Interfilm Berlin (Germany) and Clermont Ferrand (France) film festivals gave Malcolm insight into the best in the world of short film.
Additionally, Malcolm reviewed hundreds of submissions that arrived through the festival’s online portal.
Receiving films ‘without a box’ has enabled independent filmmakers to submit films that otherwise might not get a viewing and gives the Heart of Gold a chance to screen original work.
The program will be launched at 6pm on Thursday, February 17 at the Gympie Civic Centre.
Heart of Gold invites everyone to attend the celebration, grab a program and book tickets for any session throughout the festival.
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