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The Gympie Film Festival has just been held again. In it's sixth year, it promised to uplift, encourage and inspire. I think they have delivered that promise with the wide range of carefully chosen short films from all around the world.
Held over four days, movie buffs can watch groups of short films for approximately $15 per session. There is also a season pass available. There's all the buzz of a festival here and it's wonderful to see it being held in Gympie, a town that's famous for it's othe' festival, the muster.
There's a bar and a cafe at the revamped Civic Centre where the festival is held, offering a range of drinks as well as a quality selection of home made snacks and meals. You can't get better value than this tasty morsel that cost $7.00.
One of my favourite sessions was the film makers presentations, where we watched five films and asked questions afterwards. It gave us insight into what went into creating the films, how the idea's were first sparked and how long the shoots were. I even got to meet Tim Potter, actor and writer of the 2012 Trop Fest winner The Lemonade Stand. The Lemonade Stand is a quirky fun film with great Aussie actors that exude their own individual charms. Tim is busily working away on his next project and no doubt we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.
A couple of stand out documentaries were Inocente, a heartfelt story about a young homeless girl whom finds her way into an art programme. She is selected to hold her very first art exhibition and the movie captures her enthusiasm and incredible talent for painting.
Another documentary that is definitely worth seeing which follows a group of African women was UMOJA - NO MEN ALLOWED. This movie had me sitting on the edge of my seat one minute and laughing the next. My third favourite was the 100 Plus Club, a truly inspiring film about third world people who have turned 100 years of age and are living their dreams. Inspiring, uplifting and a timely reminder to make the most of every day. Many of the films are repeated through out the four days so you have plenty of time to catch them all.
For a little fun animation movie my favourite was definitely Spike and Dadda. This delightful comic has the real voice of little Spike and it's downright adorable. Watch it here.
Another animation that was so superbly made I simply must mention it was The Nullabor. This film had people talking about how lifelike the animations were and it's a credit to the crew who worked on creating it.
There were many more fabulous films that I watched, too many to mention here and some that I missed, but all up, the Heart of Gold has delivered a truly inspirational festival by showing films that really do "lift" you up. I can't wait for the next one.