Feel Good Film Festival starts on Friday

A brand-new film festival celebrating positivity and the art of happiness is making its world premiere this week.

By Julie Currie
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:00 pm
The virtual Feel Good Film Festival promises to put a smile on your face, with a collection of short films like Charlie Surfer.
The virtual Feel Good Film Festival promises to put a smile on your face, with a collection of short films like Charlie Surfer.

Launching virtually, the Feel Good Film Festival features a collection of hilarious and heart-warming short films guaranteed to put a smile on your face – and we could all be doing with that!

Produced by the team behind the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in the UK, the films range from joyful explorations of wacky subcultures to heartfelt tales of triumph over adversity.

There are two shows, with a different set of films at each.

Scruffy stray Arthur befriends Swedish adventure racing team captain, Mikael.

Programme one is being shown on March 26 and April 23 and programme two on April 9 and May 7. Films start at 7.30pm and the viewing window for each is 72 hours.

Nell Teasdale, festival director, said: “The Feel Good Film Festival is a dose of joy and inspiration – delivered directly to your sofa!”

“With stories about the extraordinary depth of the human spirit from around the world, this brand-new virtual film event is a celebration of finding happiness against the odds.”

As well as uplifting films, viewers will have exclusive access to Q&As with film-makers, a feel-good quiz and behind the scenes footage. The virtual events also feature live prize draws to win fantastic prizes.

Highlights from this year’s festival include:


A scruffy yet dignified stray called Arthur befriends the captain of the Swedish adventure racing team, Mikael, and embarks on a remarkable journey to find a new home. This heart-warming story made headlines around the world, changed the laws on how street dogs are treated in Ecuador, and even inspired a Hollywood movie.

Charlie Surfer

From County Sligo in Ireland, Charlie Clay is 10 years old and has Asperger’s syndrome. Although he embraced his diagnosis, he sometimes wishes he could be more like the other boys in his class.

But Charlie has two passions – dancing and surfing – and he’s come up with a unique way to combine the two. We follow Charlie through the ups and downs of his summer surf camp, with great dance moves to boot!

To find out more, watch the trailer or book tickets, visit www.feelgoodfilmfest.com.