Feel-good films on show

ALMOST 1000 school students will attend this year's Heart of Gold School Film Festival.

Partnering with James Nash High, Heart of Gold screens the best of the children's films from the 2010 March festival.

The school festival of short films is held over three days, October 27-29.

Prep to Year 4 students will have the luxury of viewing the 20-minute sumptuously animated Lost and Found, about a little boy who thinks he must take a penguin back to Antarctica. Their adventures on the way include surviving a wild storm and being nurtured by a gigantic gentle octopus.

This year's program for secondary students includes the beautiful and life-affirming Butterfly Circus, runner-up for 2010 Heart of Gold's Best of Festival award.

High school students will also see Tin Can Heart and Dry Sky, both animations about a future world with environmental problems. In true Heart of Gold style, the twist at the end of these tales reveals the goodness and potential in the world.

On a more surreal level, the short film Elephants will intrigue audiences with its quirky take on the colour grey. This film is being screened for middle years and high school students.

Students in years 5 to 7 will see a thought provoking mix of documentary and animation.

Heart of Gold International Film Festival continues its mission to provide a platform for filmmakers who are making nourishing films to have their work seen.

The festival also aims to offer young people the opportunity to learn about the power of feel-good films as well as opening the door to film-making as a potential career or hobby.

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