Flickchicks go for (festival) Gold

Flickchicks’ Principals appointed Artistic Directors for Heart of Gold Film Festival

Flickchicks’ principals, Margie Brown and Mandy Lake, feel as if they’ve struck gold with their appointment as artistic directors for this year’s Heart of Gold International Film Festival (HOGIFF), to be held in Gympie from 8-11 October.

Nine years ago the CEA clients came to HOGIFF as fledglings, new to the “glorious world of filmmaking”; now their new role signifies a homecoming of sorts.

“What we discovered back then blew us away: the industry camaraderie, the quality of the films from around the globe and Gympie’s heart-warming country hospitality,” Mandy said.

“It was also at this inaugural festival that our very first doco A Fowl Fairytale was nominated for two awards.”

Gympie’s Heart of Gold International Film Festival sits high on the list of the ever growing popularity of regional film festivals throughout Australia and abroad.

Its programme is always first class and offers a range of local and international short film with such a diverse variety that there is always something for everyone! It really is a “feel good” festival.

“It’s our mission to infect everyone with the gold fever that we caught in 2006,” said Mandy. “We’ll be fossicking for submissions soon, so please keep your eyes, ears and hearts open…and if you strike any gold be sure to let us know via the email producers@flickchicks.com.au!”

While they travel all over the country for work, Mandy and Margie call Brisbane home, with their studio stationed at QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA). Margie says CEA served as a good transition between moving from a home office to somewhere they could meet clients and new people.

“We decided to establish our office ‘The Coop’ within the precinct because we thought it was high time to get out of the trackies and slippers – all those who’ve worked from home for a long time will understand this desire,” said Mandy.

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