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  • State Library of Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette 179 La Trobe Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

As an award-winning cinematographer, writer, director, editor and composer, Canadian filmmaker, Grant Baldwin, covers a lot of ground in his multidisciplinary approach to filmmaking.  

He’s also not afraid to tackle the big issues, whether through his insightful environmental documentaries, such as The Clean Bin Project, or by reminding us of what we stand to lose, by capturing stunning cinematography as seen on BBC’s Planet Earth, and in his latest film, This Mountain Life, which is also screening at EFFA.

In this special one-hour session, learn more about Grant’s multidisciplinary approach, as he presents examples of his work, then delves into a range of topics in a Q&A session, from how to put your budget to screen, how to generate environmental awareness and behavioural change via impact-focused documentaries, and even the secrets behind creating aerial cinematography in gruelling terrain. 

Whether you’re an established or emerging screen practitioner, or love documentaries and want an insider perspective, this is a unique opportunity to learn more from an award-winning international filmmaker.

You can also see Grant’s latest feature film, This Mountain Life, at 6.15pm Tuesday 29 October at Cinema Nova.

Tickets to this Industry Insider session are $12.50 plus booking fee.

This session, and Grant’s attendance at EFFA, was made possible with the support of the High Commission of Canada.

About Grant


Having started his career producing music for film and television, Grant gradually moved behind the camera, working with documentaries, sports films and narratives, and developing a specialisation in aerial filming. His work can be seen and heard widely in North America, including on MSNBC, F/X, and ESPN.

Grant’s first documentary, The Clean Bin Project, won 10 festival awards and ignited activists at hundreds of community screenings around the world. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size MeThe Clean Bin Project saw Grant and his partner Jen compete to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage.    

Grant’s second feature film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, saw Grant and Jen dive into the issue of food waste, from farm, to retail and all the way to the back of their own fridge, resulting in a campaign to reduce food insecurity, and to rescue food. This film garnered Grant the award for emerging Canadian filmmaker of the year at the Hot Docs Film Festival, was listed in the New York Times ‘Top Ten TV Shows of 2015’, hit #2 on the US iTunes documentary charts, and was translated into 15 languages.

Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.