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See the natural world, through a new lens
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Before moving on to Canberra (11 - 13 September) and Hobart (18 - 21 September), the EFFA lands in Melbourne with a 'bang' on opening night. Running from 3 to 10 September in Melbourne, the world premiere special event 'Black Hole' at 6.15pm on 3 September tackles one of the most intriguing David and Goliath battles in this country's history.

With the mining industry's ever increasing thirst for fossil fuels, this is an intense and riveting touch down of the tensions that exist between large corporations, the Australian government and the community. Director João Dujon Pereira starts the conversation about the future of coal, corporate responsibility and the rights the governments dish out to people vs polluters.

Following this world premiere, the director will join a panel discussion with Bob Brown, followed by the annual launch party outside Kino Cinemas in Collins Place. Tickets are limited for this event that includes 'live' music, drinks and canapes, so make sure you start booking now.

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Black Hole - Director João Dujon Pereira

Beginning in 2010, the EFFA's vision is to inform, engage and inspire us on the environmental issues that affect us today. The power of film, music and debate is used to bring together filmmakers, environmentalists, politicians, scientists, experts and the public to actively engage in issues that affects all of our futures. EFFA continue to grow and challenge the way we think about the natural world.

What better way to start than to educate. Teachers and students can gather for Just eat it: A food waste story on Tuesday 8 September at 6pm. At $10 for students and free entry for teachers, now might be the time to organise for groups of students to attend this film.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant decide to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown out. This is their stance in the issue of waste from farm through retail and into their fridge. There'll be some shocking revelations about how much food we waste. Before the film students will explore this issue further with a guest speaker for 15 minutes. An education kit will also be provided for in-class use.

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Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

Check the website for a rich offering of eye opening, thought provoking films, shorts, special events and panel discussions. For ticketing information for the whole festival, click here, along with details of getting to the EFFA's participating venues.

Why not farewell this event with an uplifting closing night celebration. Landfill Harmonic is recycling at its best. It provides a source of hope, it's a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. What better way to celebrate closing night than with a film about a Paraguayan children's orchestra who live next to one of South America's largest landfills, playing music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. After the film, there'll be an address from special guests, a surprise performance, festival award announcements and a closing night party to revel in another amazing year for environmental films.

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Landfill Harmonic

Keep updated via the Facebook page where you just might come across some special offers. If you'd like to volunteer, you've got till the 20th of August before cut-off for applications. In closing, if you're a filmmaker, click here to find out acceptable formats for submissions so you can be on the ready for next year.

Getting the message out to save the universe does not come cheap. Your generosity would be appreciated, so please donate. You might even consider being a partner of this worthy not-for-profit organisation. You can also subscribe to get the latest festival news, festival insights, special offers and more.

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Why? A film festival that will inform, engage and inspire us on the environmental issues that affect us today.
When: 3 to 10 September 2015
Where: 1) Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne; 2) Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks Museum, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood; and 3) Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne.
Cost: $16 to $45 on average.
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