The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is delighted to announce our 2018 program – one of our most ambitious programs to date!
From a record 580 films submitted for selection, 43 inspiring and thought-provoking films have been chosen from 16 countries, including a number of Australian feature and short films.
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Face the Films’ – a call for our community to face the facts around climate change, face the future impacts of the decisions we make today, and face the films, which we have curated to capture the environmental issues, challenges and solutions taking place around the world.
So read on for festival highlights, stay tuned on social media for panel and Q&A updates, and join us from October 11 – 19 at ACMI and Palace Westgarth Cinema for a powerful program of films created which sparks critical conversations and action needed to curb the unprecedented environmental changes taking place around us.
Join us and #FacetheFilms at EFFA 2018.
Chris Gerbing and Brooke Daly Festival Co-Directors
Festival Highlight: Opening Night
Following an expedition to save one of the world’s last remaining wildlife habitats from climate change and human interference, Into the Okavango brings personal perspectives to global environmental challenges, proving a triumphant journey in the face of adversity. Start your EFFA journey with this uplifting story, and join us for opening night celebrations afterwards with food, drinks and dancing thanks to the support of our opening night partner, LUSH!
Don’t forget, today is your last chance to receive the 10% early bird discount for opening night tickets – book now!
Festival Highlight: Anote’s Ark + In Conversation
Join us for a very special In Conversation event with former Kiribati President, now acclaimed environmental campaigner, Anote Tong, following a screening of Anote’s Ark. Fresh from its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival, this captivating film follows Anote’s international campaign to highlight the dire impact of rising sea levels on Kiribati, with two of the Pacific nation’s atolls already submerged, and residents moving to neighbouring countries in a bid for survival.
Festival Highlight: VR Program
For those wanting to fully immerse themselves in the issues at hand, this year’s Virtual Reality experience offers four climate change stories from around the world. Melting Ice explores Greenland’s glacial ice sheets. Fire journeys into California’s wildfires. Feast ventures into the heart of Brazil’s cattle farms which threaten the Amazon. Famine is set in a crowded refugee camp, where climate change has destroyed once-fertile lands.
Festival Highlight: Meet the Makers
Join Victorian filmmaker, Jordan Osmond, for a Q&A and screening of Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future, featuring global experts while offering local solutions to reducing environmental impacts. Or hear from filmmaker Rob Henry on his move from Melbourne to the Indonesian islands of Mentawai, fully immersing himself in the Indigenous culture, and sharing the highs and lows of living two very different lives in As Worlds Divide.
Many Australian short filmmakers will also be in attendance, with local short films screening ahead of most feature films.
Festival Highlight: Time To Chill Out
Amongst stories highlighting the plight of the environment, this year’s festival also reminds us of the beauty which remains in untouched landscapes. Free of narrative, The Ancient Woods captures wild animals in one of Lithuania’s last remaining old growth forests, while slow cinema ‘chill out’ feature, Sleep Has Her House reminds us to enjoy the stillness of the forest in the dark. Filmed entirely on an iPhone, this atmospheric film will screen with a live musical accompaniment by classically trained pianist and composer, Rose Riebl, adding a 'night-time calmness' to this intriguing cinematic experience.
Festival Highlight: Closing Night
Bird Of Prey celebrates the dedication of those fighting to protect the Philippine Eagle – and its natural habitat – over a period of 30 years. Join us for this uplifting film, and enjoy complimentary drinks and canapés to close the festival, thanks to the support of our partner, Darebin City Council!