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Geelong Environmental Film Festival 2016 Program

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Program Outline Friday 19th & Saturday 20th February 2016

Friday 19th February

4.30 – 5.30pm

Session 1 – A collection of animated shorts, using a range of techniques to connect with your audience and communicate your message. 

View a collection of contemporary Australian and international animated short films including international student, environmental and Jumbla films. 

This will be followed by panel discussion and audience questions with Australian animators CALLAN WOOLCOCK, Creative Director and cofounder of Jumbla and GLEN HUNWICK of Glen Art Productions will provide tips and insights into the industry, animation techniques and more. 

6.30pm – 9pm

Session 2 - Opening night ‘Oceans of Plastic’ 

Join the opening night launch of the inaugural Geelong Environmental Film Festival. 

Explore aquatic ecosystems and man made issues in a forum with keynote speaker TIM SILVERWOOD of ‘Take 3 for the Sea’.The Forum will be followed by the film ‘BAYKEEPERS’ and ‘THE SECRETS OF THE KIMBERLEY’.

Special guests NEIL BLAKE, of Port Philip Eco-Centre, Kate Charlton-Robb Principal Researcher at AMMCF and TREVOR ALMEIDA of Geonewmedia will join Tim for a forum discussion.


2015 | Australia | Port Philip EcoCentre | 42 minutes

After hearing about expansive amounts of plastic in every major ocean, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake finds the sands of his local beaches are turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti. In his journey to measure how far the age of plastics has invaded the bay, Neil discovers a growing community striving to protect Port Phillip's health for generations to come. 

The Secrets of the Kimberley

Australia | 2014 | Geonewmedia: Trevor Almeida | 34 minutes 

This documentary takes you on an expedition into this remote region with a team made up of an artist and scientists.

The Kimberley is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. Its marine ecosystems are amongst the worlds most pristine. At 424500 square kilometers the Kimberley is bigger than Italy or Germany and it has over 3000 uninhabited islands.


Saturday 20th February

10.30am – 12.00pm

Session 3 - Stories of Indigenous culture and creative arts 

Join us for a collection of short films on storytelling, community and filmmaking, including a series of films on building projection art, indigenous culture and local films. 

This will be followed by panel discussion and audience questions with LUCINDA HORROCKS, Wind & Sky Productions, MEME MCDONALD, Creative Director M~M 2016 and others.


12.30pm – 2pm

Session 4 - Food, a vital resource: Feeding Australians, feeding the world

View a series of films on one of the biggest issues of our time – food.

Join us for a series of films including Fair Food and Farmer Incubator looking food production, access and waste in Australian and globally. 

This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience questions with STACEY CHILCOTT Green Collar Productions, DAVID WALKER, Food Politics, Deakin University and others.


2.30pm – 4pm

Session 5 - Exploring Aquatic ecosystems through film

View the recently released Melbourne Downunder, Blue Bells and The Future of the Riviera Maya. 

This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience questions with SHAREE MARRIS, Aquatic Scientist and Environmental Communicator, STACEY CHILCOTT Marine Biologist & Filmmaker, Green Collar Productions, JOHN FOSS of Angel Point Media and others.


4.30pm – 6.00pm

Session 6 - Issues and solutions for powering our future

View a collection of short films on creating our future - what choices will you make?

This will be followed by a panel discussion and audience questions with MIK AIDT, Climate Change Journalist and others.


6.30pm – 9pm

Session 7 - Extinction: Filmmakers, storytellers and science!

Explore stories of conservation, biodiversity and extinction in a special forum with guests HANNIE RAYSON, playwright of the play ‘Extinction’, LIZZIE CORKE, Founder & CEO at the Conservation Ecology Centre, DR. JACK PASCOE, Conservation & Research Manager at the Conservation Ecology Centre and guests.


Following the Forum we will be showing the recently released feature film ‘Ever the Land: A People, A Place, Their Building


Ever the Land: A People, A Place, Their Building 

2015 | New Zealand | Monsoon Pictures International | 93 Minutes

Ever the Land explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand’s most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngāi Tūhoe.

The new building is the binding character in this observational documentary that immerses us in a culture that is tightly woven into its land and an architecture that is defined by its integrity to it.  This is a film about past and future, tradition and modernity.

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