Local environmental groups are set to shine at the 2018 Festival, 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: 

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 (screening on Saturday 13 Oct, 5pm), 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 (screening Sunday 14 Oct, 8.00pm).

These short films will screen alongside Australian and international films throughout the Festival, and will then be featured on this web page after the Festival.

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

Watch the 2017 COMMUNITY videos: