Heart of Gold’s new art directors Stephen Kanaris and Tahnee McGuire of Hatch Film have taken on the role to present the 2013 international film festival.
Heart of Gold’s new art directors Stephen Kanaris and Tahnee McGuire of Hatch Film have taken on the role to present the 2013 international film festival. Contributed

New blood for Heart of Gold International Film Festival

HEART of Gold will not only go ahead in 2013, it will get an injection of fresh blood.

New art directors Stephen Kanaris and Tahnee McGuire of Hatch Film have taken on the role to present the international film festival to a global audience.

Based in Brisbane, the partners in life and business are filmmakers with more than 25 years combined experience in advertising and film and television.

They have won multiple awards for their outstanding creative work and their business is described as a "birthing suite for beautiful ideas" that develop "stylish and effective" productions and brand communications.

Their relationship with the Heart of Gold International Film Festival began several years ago when they entered their work in the film awards.

Stephen and Tahnee were invited back the following year to judge festival entries and were selected by the outgoing art director as ideal candidates to take the festival forward.

They were keen and jumped at the chance when approached by the new HOGIFF board recently.

"The Heart of Gold was a great opportunity to network with other filmmakers," Stephen said, of his experience at the festival.

"The short films were good if not better than the ones presented at the Brisbane festival.

"Of course we said yes at the opportunity to bring the vision of Heart of Gold to life.

"We have a lot of good ideas to put to the board to make the festival fresh and broaden the demographic of audience."

Stephen said the aim was to maintain the high standard of films while broadening the selection.

Their industry knowledge is expected to give them an edge when sourcing films and first on the agenda is a trip to Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.

"If (we) can afford to go to only one festival it should be one with a big film market," Stephen said.

"We'll go there for a week and view thousands of short films. At Clermont-Ferrand you can view a database of all films entered, not just the ones screened."

The HOGIFF festival is planned for July 2013.

Gympie Times


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