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

Can documentaries really change our attitudes, thinking and behaviour concerning the environmental challenges we face?

We ask three women producers, writers and directors behind some of Australia’s most iconic environmental, nature and impact-driven documentaries and campaigns. 

Once commissioned to capture the beauty of the natural world around us, these leading women will discuss the shift towards filming environmental change and destruction. They will also share insights into the impact campaigns they are creating to spark the conversations and actions needed to address one of the biggest threats humanity has ever faced.

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 about environmental filmmaking, commissioning, funding models and creating social media campaigns which pack a punch in driving change. 

Tickets for this session are $12.50 each, plus booking fee.

This session was made possible with the support of the Environment and Media Research Program, Monash University School of Media, Film and Journalism.


Belinda Smaill – Associate Professor in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University

This session will be hosted by Belinda Smaill, whose research and publications have garnered international recognition for rethinking the documentary tradition in the history of the moving image. Over the last decade, Belinda has researched issues concerning wildlife, environmental crisis and fact-based storytelling in screen media, and she is currently Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded project, ‘Remaking the Australian Environment through Documentary Film and Television’. 

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Sally Ingleton – Writer, Producer, Director

Sally has been creating award-winning documentaries and series about the environment and natural history for more than 30 years, including Penguin Island and Muddy Waters: Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef. Sally is the principal at 360 Degree Films, and is currently producing and directing her first feature documentary about environmental activism in a time of crisis, Wild Things


Anna Kaplan – Producer and Impact Producer

With 15 years’ experience spanning development, production, distribution and outreach, Anna has carved out a niche in producing linear and interactive content, including via social media, which tackles pressing social issues and inspires positive action. Most recently, Anna’s impact work on That Sugar Film and 2040 has positively influenced audience attitudes and behaviours towards sugar and the environment respectively. 


Tosca Looby – Director, Writer, Producer

With more than 20 years’ experience in factual television in Australia and the UK, Tosca began her career with Partridge Films in Bristol, then joined the ABC Natural History Unit. Tosca’s most recent project was blue chip natural history series, Magical Land of Oz, commissioned by ABC, BBC and PBS.

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.