Short Films to Shine a Light on Local Environmental Groups at EFFA 2018

Local environmental groups are set to shine at this year’s Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), thanks to a new series of short films created to raise awareness and drive positive environmental change.

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.

From health care professionals advocating for the protection of human health from climate change, to everyday members of the public picking up litter from local beaches, six environmental groups were chosen to participate in the Community Storytelling Project: Climate And Health Alliance; Urban Coup; Environment Victoria; Take 3; Our Future Cities; and WOCLE.

 @iamjuliewheeler, Take 3 Ambassador and photography by @smartshot_christian.coulombe

@iamjuliewheeler, Take 3 Ambassador and photography by @smartshot_christian.coulombe

In line with EFFA’s commitment to empowering young people to broadcast their voices to enact change, three outstanding youth environmental campaigners have also taken part in the project.

Award-winning secondary students Lucy Skelton and Sebastien Montemurro have created a short film encouraging young consumers to make smarter, more ethical choices, while La Trobe University Honours Law student Hillary Montague demonstrates why it’s time to talk about granting legal personality for the Great Barrier Reef as a means to afford it new rights and more thorough protection.

These short films will screen alongside Australian and international films throughout the Festival.

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

EFFA Co-Director Chris Gerbing said, ‘This year we have seen unprecedented community campaigning and concern linked with growing public awareness of environmental issues faced around the world. By showcasing local environmental groups, and sharing simple ideas to assist in reducing environmental impacts, EFFA is delivering on its commitment to creating positive change within our community.

‘This project would not be possible without the generous support of Bank Australia, whom we are delighted to announce as our major partner for 2018. Given that Bank Australia investments are used to create positive social and environmental change, including that created by their significant conservation reserve, Bank Australia is the perfect partner for EFFA. We look forward to announcing our full program in September for a fantastic 2018 festival ahead,’ Mr Gerbing said.

Bank Australia Managing Director Damien Walsh said, ‘We’re very proud to be a major partner for EFFA 2018. At Bank Australia we believe we have a responsibility to protect our planet. We’re proud to support a festival that brings critical issues about the state of our environment to the fore, and to help environmental organisations, who are doing vital work for our planet, share their message through the Community Storytelling Project’.

Community Storytelling Project participant Hillary Montague said learning how to create a short film to help highlight why we need greater protection for the Great Barrier Reef has been invaluable.

‘Screening my short film at EFFA will reach exactly the people I need to support and grow this campaign and provide a platform I would never otherwise have access to. I thank EFFA and Bank Australia for this unique opportunity,’ Ms Montague said.

EFFA 2018 will screen at ACMI and Palace Westgarth Cinema from 11 – 19 October. Opening night tickets release on Thursday 30 August 2018. The full EFFA 2018 Program will launch online on Thursday 6 September at: www.effa.org.au