The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne celebrates its fifth year at Kino Cinemas, Collins Place from 4-12th September.
This year the festival will have four patrons: lifetime environmentalist Bob Brown, Greens MP Adam Bandt, director of Counteract Nicola Paris and author Julian Cribb. Read more on them here: http://www.effm.org.au/patrons/
The festival aims to showcase international and local films that challenge the way you think about the natural world. They provide panel discussions and offer films on topics that you might not necessarily know about.
A key highlight is the opening night, which will also include a launch party with drinks and food catered by food van Trailer Made. The opening night film is a beautiful French documentary called Once Upon a Forest, from award-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins).
Other highlights include
- Angel Azul, which showcases the work of an eco-artist who places his statues underwater to raise awareness about their degrading marine ecosystem
- A shorts session featuring films such as Unravel, where unwanted clothes are recycled back into yarn (9pm 5th September)
- Journey to the South Pacific, an IMAX film narrated by Cate Blanchett - an excellent one for kids (10am 6th September)
- North of the Sun, where two surfers go to live on a remote arctic island for several months, as well as build their own cabin (6pm 6th September)
- Slow Food Story, which will also include slow food tasting from Trailer Made and a panel discussion (6.30pm 8th September)
- Planet Re:think, our closing night film along with a panel discussion with Bob Brown and more (6.30pm 12th September)
To see the entire program click here.
If you are environmentally conscious or even just a film lover, this festival's diverse lineup will have something for you.
Tickets to special events are only available online, so get in quick!
When: 4-12th September
Where: Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins St
Price: $15, $19 for standard sessions, check website for special events