Bright side of life

AT A special one-off event, the Noosa Film Society is arranging a preview of some of the short film entries from the inaugural Heart of Gold Film Festival to be shown at South Pacific Resort, Webya Road, Noosaville on September 27.

The Inaugural Heart of Gold Film Festival, held in Gympie over four days, from October 26 to 29, features more than 100 uplifting, funny and well-crafted short films and documentaries.

Festival organiser and international award-winning film maker Toni Powell said she wanted to organise a festival with films that offer an alternative to the bad news, depressing messages and the violence so prevalent in the media ? films that make a positive contribution to the world.

"It is our mission to find films that nourish and send the audience back to the world with a smile," she said.

Toni will be giving a short rundown on the festival and its origins and will answer any questions about the program.

The festival has attracted entries from across Australia and around the world with more than 10 major prizes on offer in categories ranging from Best Documentary to Best Children's Film.

The Noosa Film Society, together with Kodak, is sponsoring The Gold Heart Award for Best Australian Indigenous Film, worth $2000.

Noosa Film Society president Pat Hahn is also on the judging panel and has already previewed many of the films in competition.

"There are a number of excellent Australian entries including Goggles, a four minute film directed by Olivia Peniston-Bird. It is one of my favorites," Pat said.

Goggles tells the story of six year old Billy who encounters a couple of girl bullies on the way to the swimming pool.

WHAT: Heart of Gold Short Film Festival Preview WHERE: South Pacific, Weyba Road, Noosaville WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 3pm and 6.30pm TICKETS: $10 CONTACT: Dianne on 5474 5677 or Holly on 5474 5006

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