Mile for Mile
USA | 2015 | James Q Martin | 15 minutes
Three ultra-runners run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonia’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast and stunning landscape.
Australia | 2015 | Sam Rogers | 12 minutes
Ever get that funny feeling that the world is going to end soon? Sam Rogers’ dark comedy pokes fun at the apocalypse-fearing environmentalist in all of us.
Screens with: Aim High in Creation! (Melbourne)
USA | 2014 | Madison McClintock | 13 minutes
A quirky ode to nature’s alchemists, Fungiphilia Rising is an enlightening glimpse into the often misunderstood world of fungi and the fundamental role they play in the world’s ecosystems.
Screens with: Good Things Await (Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart)
Germany | 2013 | Robert Loebel | 4 minutes
In this celebrated short animation by Robert Löbel, we discover a world dominated by the wind and meet its inhabitants.
Screens with: Bikes vs Cars (Melbourne)
THE WILD WET
Australia | 2015 | Joshua Mayo & Mortiz Katz | 25 minutes
In far northeastern Australia lies an ecosystem that could not be more different to the arid landscapes that cover most of the continent. Twice the age of the Amazon, it is the planet’s most ancient rainforest. Dark, damp and dangerous – it’s a difficult place to survive!
Screens with: Field Biologist (Melbourne)
SCHOOLS OUT: LESSONS FROM A FOREST KINDERGARTEN
Switzerland/USA | 2013 | Lisa Molomot and Rona Richter | 36 minutes (subtitles)
Schools Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten documents the imaginative and adventurous lives of Swiss children attending a forest preschool education. With comedy, sincerity, and curiosity, Schools Out shows you who these children are, what they enjoy, and how the prosper.
Screens with: All the Time in the World (Melbourne)
NATURE NEEDS YOU
Australia | 2014 | Mark Pearce | 9 minutes
These are the stories of people who are transforming Australia into a society that protects, respects and connects with the natural world that sustains us.
Screens with: Planetary (Melbourne)
Germany | 2013 | Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner | 4 minutes
A moving and poetic short, Abita is at once a magical and heartbreaking work of animation that muses on the children of Fukushima.
Screens with: Containment (Melbourne)
Italy | 2013 | Matteo Lena | 30 minutes
Charged with emphatic poetry, dense atmosphere, and perturbing imagery, Waste Africa is a confronting short narrative that takes us on a journey to the world’s dump zones in West Africa.
Screens with: Sailing a Sinking Sea (Melbourne)
THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR
Canada | 2014 | Neil Christopher | 9 minutes
When a young boy is adopted by a shapeshifting polar bear, he learns how to fend for himself under the elder bear’s tutelage.
Screens with: ThuleTuvalu (Melbourne & Canberra)
Australia | 2013 | Nicole Precel 9 min
Charismatic ecologist Len Zell gives us a few culinary tips for solving road trip hunger pangs. An engaging short about eating meat sustainably and caring for wildlife on our roads.
Screens with: Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Melbourne)
Australia | 2014 | Dave Wade | 3 minutes
Humour is this short-short film’s strong point, but its message
is what lasts. What natural wonders will future generations have left if we allow them to be rapidly destroyed?
Screens with: Banking Nature (Melbourne, Canberra & Hobart)
EARTH, WATER, WOMAN
Trinidad and Tobago | 2013 | Sarah Feinbloom and Alexandra Swati Guild | 23 minutes (subtitles)
A micro solution for the macro problem of climate change, this documentary urges viewers everywhere to examine their relationship to Mother Earth.
Screens with: Bring the Sun Home (Melbourne)
Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the night
USA/Japan | 2015 | Emily V Driscoll and James Karl Fischer | 12 minutes
Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night considers the importance of darkness, and the erosion of it — due to urban development — through the study of firefly habitats in Japan.
Screens with: On a River in Ireland (Melbourne)
USA | 2014 | Chris Jones | 16 minutes
Trash, Manufactured follows Marcus Eriksen as he collects almost invisible, plastic trash— microbeads and other trash from our oceans and turns it into startling works of art.
Screens with: Landfill Harmonic (Melbourne, Canberra & Hobart)