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Transitions Film Festival - Top Program Highlights 2020

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An inspiring line-up of world-changing documentaries

The 9th annual Transitions Film Festival returns this February with another inspiring line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, game-changing technologies and creative visions that will shape our collective future.

Showcasing local and international documentaries aimed at empowering audiences to build a better world, the films in this year's program cover a broad range of mind-expanding themes, including climate change, artificial intelligence, resilience, social and technological innovation, and health and wellness.

This year's festival will change the way you look at the world! The complete program includes 28 feature documentaries, including 24 Australian premieres, as well as a speaker program featuring leading sustainability academics, artists and entrepreneurs.

The festival focuses on sharing inspirational stories about the solutions to society's greatest challenges and showcases the local heroes and change-makers who are building a better world. Here are our must-see 2020 Program Highlights!

The Great Green Wall

Executive Producer Fernando Meirelles (Academy Award-Nominated Director of City of God & The Constant Gardener) and Malian musician-activist Inna Modja take us on an epic journey along Africa's Great Green Wall an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km 'wall of trees' stretching across the entire width of the continent to restore land and provide a future for millions of people.


Sanctuary follows Spanish actor and environmental activist Javier Bardem, his brother, and the leaders of Greenpeace as they embark on an epic adventure to create the world's largest sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean. On their voyage aboard the Arctic Sunrise, we are shown first-hand how science, politics and social media have joined forces to bring together almost 3 million people in the fight to preserve the natural world.


Go behind the news headlines and follow former Greens leader Bob Brown and a passionate collective of concerned citizens as they journey 3500km across Australia with the hope of preventing the development of the potentially climate-destroying Adani Carmichael coal mine.

I Am Human

Following the courageous journeys of the world's first "cyborgs" a quadriplegic, a blind man and a woman with Parkinson's, I Am Human covers the ways science is cracking the mysteries of the brain and using them to solve huge problems in people's lives. The documentary unpacks the emerging complexity, real-world possibilities and imminent implications of merging machine and human intelligence.

Cooked: Survival by Zipcode

Using a combination of chutzpah, humour and candour, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand delves deep into the politics and economics of disaster and disaster preparedness. Why are some disasters easier to prepare for than others, and how can we get ready for what is to come?

Mr. Toilet

Follow the eccentric founder of the 'World Toilet Organisation', Jack Sims, as he tries to inspire the world to 'give a shit' about the 2.4 billion people worldwide who lack basic sanitation. Spending years lobbying 193 countries, Jack shows everyone just what it takes to be the world's #2 guy.

My Year of Living Mindfully

In the midst of a growing mental illness epidemic, an investigative health journalist enlists a team of scientists to put meditation to the test. But after a 30,000-kilometre journey around the world from the bright lights of Manhattan to the dusty refugee camps of the Middle East, what begins as a year-long self-experiment transforms into a life-changing experience.

The Whale and The Raven

On a remote island in the Pacific, populated by wolves, ravens and two whale researchers is a town with the promise of a second industrial boom. Torn between the wish to protect its territory and the pressure to cope with investors, the town struggles to protect its identity, and the future of the majestic creatures that inhabit its borders.


Other highlights include a Virtual Reality For Positive Change showcase in collaboration with Real World VR, screenings of Sundance smash hit Anote's Ark in St. Kilda and Brunswick, and audience's first chance to experience Rewild Our Planet, the world's first social augmented reality experience, made by Phoria and WWF, as a companion to David Attenborough's Emmy Award-winning series Our Planet.

Transitions Film Festival is an 'impact festival' with the majority of films including panel discussions with filmmakers and expert thought leaders. Guests of the festival include former Greens leader Bob Brown, CEO of Greenpeace Australian Pacific, David Ritter, My Year of Living Mindfully filmmaker Shannon Harvey, CEO of Resilient Melbourne Toby Kent, Founder and CEO of That Startup Show, Anna Reeves, international solar tuk tuk adventurer Julian O'Shea, comedian Alanta Colley, as well as many more leading artists, academics and activists.

The Transitions Film Festival runs from the 20th of February until the 6th of March at Cinema Nova, Loop Project Space & Bar and venues in Brunswick and St. Kilda.

Full program available online at

Tickets are now on sale for the screenings and special events: click here to book online.


Thanks to Transitions Film Festival, we have three free double passes to giveaway!

  • For your chance to win free tickets to The Wheels of Wonder, use the code WHELLSWEN

  • For your chance to win tickets to Earth Seen From the Heart, use code EARTHWEN

  • For your chance to win tickets to Motherload, use code MOTHERWEN

    Enter via the Transitions Film Festival Win page!

    Enter one, or all three! Winners notified one week prior to the screening date.


    For more information on the 2020 program, ticketing and venue information, please visit, and @transitionsfest

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    When: 20 February 6 March 2020
    Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
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    I love inciteful documentaries. This is a great lineup.
    by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 393 days ago
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