Film festival back with controversial and empowering topics

Film festival back with controversial and empowering topics


Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne’s Cinema Nova this February with an inspiring line-up of world-changing documentaries about what it means to be human.

This year’s program covers an enormous spectrum of controversial and empowering topics including, activist grandmas, global tax avoidance, the history of climate change, international energy transitions, the future of the global food system, the architecture of happiness and pathways out of poverty.

Transition-Film-Festival-Melbourne-bannerThe program kicks off with pre-­festival outdoor screenings at City Square in partnership with The New Joneses, and Federation Square in partnership with Pause Fest, before the opening night screening of Catching The Sun at Cinema Nova on February 18.

The films in this year’s Transitions Film Festival emphasise discovery, purpose, innovation, impact and the #ideasbloom that will shape the future of our society and civilisation.

The potential of creative and technological innovations to transform our way of life are on display in Catching the Sun, which highlights the power of a green energy revolution to solve the environmental and economic crises and 10 Billion – What’s on your Plate, which explores the revolutions needed in the food system to feed a growing planet.

Transition-Film-Festival-polyface 600Polyfaces gives us a glimpse at one of the world’s most famous and innovative farmers and the immense potential of his ingenious regenerative methods, Code: Debugging the Gender Gap takes a look at the politics, controversies and untapped potential of women in the world of coding and Poverty, Inc throws down a contentious and controversial challenge to the global aid industry.

Senior citizens are a force to be reckoned with in the heartwarming Hip­ Hop-­eration, which sees a charismatic group of 80-plus­-year-olds compete in an international hip ­hop tournament, and the hilarious Two Raging Grannies, which follows two stubborn and cantankerous women on their epic quest to answer one of society’s most important questions.

The driving forces of economics are also thrown under the microscope in Requiem for the American Dream, Noam Chomsky’s guidebook to the power­plays of the elites and their methods of extracting wealth from the masses, The Price We Pay, which spotlights the challenges and potential solutions to multinational, global tax avoidance, Overburden, a film about the need to transition away from coal, and Charles Wilkinson’s Haida Gwaii, which explores the potential for balance between economic and environmental forces.

Transition-Film-Festival-catching sun 600The architecture of happiness is explored in Strange and Familiar which highlights the power that design can have on community, The Infinite Happiness, a film about one of the most creative and innovative apartment complexes to be built this decade, and Small is Beautiful, a tiny house film that will be beamed onto the side of The New Joneses ‘off­the­grid’ house at City Square.

Finally, the daunting realisation of the power that humans have to alter the fundamental life­systems of our planet, and the responsibility we have all inherited, is explored in Ice and Sky, a lyrical and stunningly beautiful personal journey, which follows scientist Claude Lorius back to the historic moment where, as a result of his research, we first found evidence of a human footprint in climate change, and Anthropocene, which features key insights from leading scientists and thought leaders about what we can, and should, do with the revelation that humans are now the driving force of nature.

Transition-Film-Festival-Hip Hop-eration 600Key festival guests include filmmakers: Shalini Kantayya (Catching the Sun) and Lisa Heenan (Polyfaces) as well as inspirational artists, activists and sustainability leaders: Alex Kelly (Impact Producer for Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything), Matt Wicking (The General Assembly), Kate Auty (Former Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability) John Wiseman (Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute), Tom Dawkins (StartSomeGood), ?Anna Reeves? (That Startup Show), Dr Angus Hervey (Future Crunch) Victoria McKenzie­-McHarg, (ACF/ Chair of the Board Climate Action Network) and authors Tom Doig (The Coal Face), Greg Foyster (Changing Gears) and Deborah Hart (Guarding Eden/Climate Guardian Angel).

“This year’s Transitions Film Festival is placing a strong emphasis on ideas and impact,” said festival director Daniel Simons.

Daniel-Simons-Transitions-Film-Festival-director“As well as sharing powerful stories of change, we will be promoting empowering educational resources, and encouraging widespread sharing of good ideas via our digital community.

“The films in this year’s program show that good ideas, when coupled with passion and commitment, can change the world.”

Discount tickets are on offer again this year for cyclists, with concession priced tickets being rewarded to patrons who ride their bike to the cinema and present their helmet at the Box Office.

The Transitions Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change­-makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Transition-Film-Festival-audienceKEY DATES

Feb 9 and 10: Free Screenings of Human Face of Big Data and Who Cares on the Big Screen at Federation Square, in partnership with Pause Fest.

Feb 11: Free Projector Bike screening of Small is Beautiful, a Tiny House, film at The New Joneses, City Square.

Feb 18 – March 3: Cinema Nova program.


Cinema Nova, City Square, Federation Square




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