Environmental Film Festival Australia launches program September 6

A new series of short films by local environmental groups will get their time to bloom on the big screen when the Environmental Film Festival Australia (October 11-19) launches its program on Thursday September 6.

EFFA’s Community Storytelling Project sees grassroots environmental groups creating 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: Climate And Health Alliance; Urban Coup; Environment Victoria; Take 3; Our Future Cities; and WOCLE.

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, 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.

These short films will screen alongside Australian and international films throughout the festival.

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

“This year we have seen unprecedented community campaigning and concern linked with growing public awareness of environmental issues faced around the world,” said EFFA co-director Chris Gerbing. “By showcasing local environmental groups, and sharing simple ideas to assist in reducing environmental impacts, EFFA is delivering on its commitment to creating positive change within our community.

“This project would not be possible without the generous support of Bank Australia, whom we are delighted to announce as our major partner for 2018. Given that Bank Australia investments are used to create positive social and environmental change, including that created by their significant conservation reserve, Bank Australia is the perfect partner for EFFA. We look forward to announcing our full program on September 6 for a fantastic festival ahead”.

Bank Australia managing director Damien Walsh said, “We’re very proud to be a major partner for EFFA 2018. At Bank Australia we believe we have a responsibility to protect our planet. We’re proud to support a festival that brings critical issues about the state of our environment to the fore, and to help environmental organisations, who are doing vital work for our planet, share their message through the Community Storytelling Project”.

EFFA is more than just a film festival – it’s a catalyst for positive change, providing a platform for sharing powerful environmental stories, and thought-provoking ideas from Australia and around the world. EFFA looks far and wide to bring entertaining, challenging and inspiring films to our audiences, encouraging everyone to consider how even small changes to our everyday actions and behaviours can collectively create opportunities for a more sustainable future.

Environmental Film Festival Australia 2018

ACMI and Palace Westgarth Cinema
October 11-19, opening night tickets on sale Thursday August 30. Full program launches Thursday 6 September at www.effa.org.au