Community Storytelling: The Urban Coup

EFFA’s Community Storytelling Project sees grassroots environmental groups create their own short films using smartphones, working with impact filmmaking agency Digital Storytellers to capture and share their stories. These short films screened alongside feature films throughout the festival in 2018.

EFFA’s Community Storytelling Project was made possible thanks to the generous support of Bank Australia - EFFA’s major partner for 2018.

The Urban Coup was one of the participants in EFFA’s Community Storytelling Project in 2018:

The Urban Coup (the 'Coup') is an initiative of a group of Melbournians who share a vision of creating not just housing, but community. We are a cohesive community that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive of all individuals. We currently have two cohousing projects in development, driven by slightly different needs and the extensive shared knowledge of our memebership.

Urban Coup also presents a range of opportunities for engaging and sharing with diverse local communities via supportive activities. This may lead to partnership, social enterprise or simply manifest kinship within our local hood via volunteer activities. Examples include: a food cooperative; local garden and food exchange; skill exchange workshops; upcycling activities and support for diverse local causes. We actively encourage the development of cohousing communities in Australia.

We have more than 35 members so far, but are always looking for more, as these members are divided between the two current projects. We also hope to be able to incorporate some social housing into the mix of accommodation, however this will depend on opportunities. To find out more visit