The beauty in untouched landscapes
• The Ancient Woods – free of narrative, capturing animals in one of Lithuania’s last remaining old growth forests
• Sleep Has Her House – filmed entirely on an iPhone, this feature reminds us to enjoy the stillness of the forest in the dark.
• Sleep Has Her House – presented as a ‘chill out’ session, this will include a live musical accompaniment by classically trained pianist and composer Rose Riebl.
Virtual reality films
• 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 – set in a crowded refugee camp, where climate change has destroyed once-fertile lands.
The impact of climate change
• The Panguna Syndrome – charts the continuing fallout of Papua New Guinea’s Panguna Mine and the Bougainville Crisis
• Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq – captures Greenland’s ice sheets literally melting before our eyes, and the colonialist forces capitalising on changes to Indigenous communities as a result of this.
Australian shorts, which will screen ahead of feature films, also form a highlight of this year’s festival, with eight short filmmakers in attendance. Highlights include Water is Life which documents Aboriginal communities fighting against fracking plans in the Northern Territory. A series of experimental films and international short films round out the festival’s program, exploring everything from ‘plastic kingdoms’ (The Fourth Kingdom) to the lives of whales (Blau), along with EFFA’s Education Program, featuring The Clean Bin Project for primary school students, and Inventing Tomorrow for secondary students.
“The past 12 months have seen unprecedented global and local movements and campaigns to greater protect our environment, starting with changing our everyday behaviours, such as banning single-use plastic bags,” said EFFA co-director Chris Gerbing. “This is exactly the action EFFA encourages, and this year we’ll host a number of panel discussions with leading experts to encourage everyone to make changes – big and small – to help reduce their environmental impact.
“As one of our most ambitious festivals yet, I encourage everyone – from committed activists to the ‘enviro-curious’ – to come to EFFA. It’s a welcoming festival which provides a range of films and experiences to engage with environmental issues, and spark a conversation about the action needed to help curb the alarming trends we are seeing in environmental change around the world.”
Environmental Film Festival Australia 2018 – October 11-19
ACMI and Palace Westgarth Cinema
Bookings and program: www.effa.org.au