For the past two years, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival has offered a competition for high school students to encourage the next generation of filmmakers. We are raising money to help promote and fund the activities of this project. Our festival has been running for 12 years and it is all about making films that are transformative – films that are uplifting thought-provoking and films that can influence people in a positive way.
Students will need to submit their film to the festival by 7 September 2019 so we would need funds by June 30 to be effective in our campaign.
Research shows the need for students to be actively engaged in the arts for their mental health. The evidence is compelling – that the social connections we form as an individual and community level, have a positive impact on health and well being.
The Young Filmmaker Comp is free to enter and open to students attending any Australian school from year 7 to 12.
Films selected as finalists will be shared on Heart of Gold Short Film Festival’s social media, giving an opportunity for Young Filmmakers to reach a global audience and be voted for in our People’s Choice award.
Finalists will be screened on Sunday 6 October as part of the Heart of Gold Short Film Festival in Gympie and Young Filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend the festival, masterclasses, and awards ceremony as guests.
Three awards are on offer – our regional and national Young Filmmaker awards and People’s Choice.
Creating a film is a process that many students are able to engage in across all levels of ability; it is exciting and gives students a voice.
The funds will be used to:
•Promote the competition nationally to the student and school media teachers using an audience engagement manager via press releases, social media, EDMs, press advertisements and phone contact
•Provide marketing materials to the schools: posters
•Support shortlisted students to attend the masterclasses, and festival.
•Provide a prize for the competition
•Promote the winning entries on Social Media