Transitions Film Festival returns to Cinema Nova this February with an all-new line-up of over 27 engaging and world-changing documentaries, including 20 Australian premieres.
This year's inspiring program showcases local and international cutting-edge documentaries which explore vital solutions to society's most complex challenges and the mega-trends that will shape our collective future.
The program will empower audiences to build a better world and covers a broad range of prevalent issues, including the future of food, ocean health, big data, online privacy, climate change, animal welfare, renewable energy, social justice and the revolutionary potential of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
The festival will open on Thursday 22nd February 2018 with the Australian festival premiere of Food Fighter, a powerful Australian feature about the unstoppable Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, and her epic battle to end food waste in Australia, and closes with Albatross, the highly anticipated debut feature film from internationally acclaimed artist and activist Chris Jordan, which explores the devastating consequences of plastics on our oceans and wildlife.
Other festival highlights include a selection of documentaries which reveal the accelerating threats and impacts of climate change around the world, from Thank You For the Rain, a profound story about a Kenyan farmer and the effects of climate change on his family, to Chasing Coral, which sees director Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice) focus his attention on the bleaching of our reefs, and Living in the Future's Past, which follows Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges as he delves into the worlds of dark ecology, entropy and the end of nature to help us understand our place in the world.
Solutions to our environmental predicaments are also on display in Third Industrial Revolution, a Vice Impact feature documentary which presents visionary environmentalist and economist Jeremy Rifkin's roadmap for a utopian future, Guardians of The Earth, which gives audiences an intimate glimpse behind the closed doors of the Paris Climate Agreement negotiations and Unfractured, which follows 'toxic avenger' Sandra Steingraber as she leads one of New York's largest grassroots movements in history.
National environmental issues are also uncovered in Operation Jeedara, an Australian documentary narrated by Bob Brown, which follows the mission of a brave crew as they set out to protect the Great Australian Bight from the destructive impacts of oil pollution, while The Race is On, presents British filmmakers, James Dike and Paul Mapel as they lay out the societal changes needed to create a sustainable economy by 2040.
The history and future of how humanity will feed itself is also a central theme of this year's festival. Evolution of Organic, the latest film from the makers of A Fierce Green Fire, paints an endearing portrait of the founders of the organic food movement,The Gateway Bug, follows cricket-as-protein startups and investigates potential of insects to radically improve our global food system, and Empathy, follows a quirky Spanish filmmaker on his journey to understand the relationship between humans and animals.
Women's empowerment is celebrated in Amplify Her, which majestically explores the power of femininity and the role of women in the electronic music industry, and Big Dream, which follows the stories of 7 young women as the pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Other unmissable highlights include Bending the Arc, which follows two Harvard medical students on their quest to eradicate tuberculosis and AIDS in Haiti, Peru and Rwanda, Last Animals, a visceral adventure story about the humans struggling to protect our endanger species, 500 Years, which tells the sweeping saga of Mayan resistance and activism in Guatemala, and Within Formal Cities which explores the revolutionary power of well-thought-out architecture to improve the lives of some of the world's most impoverished citizens.
The mind-boggling implications of rapid technological advancement are explored in SuperSapiens- Rise of the Mind, a feature documentary staring Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Nick Bostrom and Ben Goertzel, about the moral and ethical implications of merging man with machine, You're Soaking In It, which looks at the new face of advertising in a world of big data and limited privacy, and Free Lunch Society, a film about the history and future of Universal Basic Income as a solution to the automation economy.
Complementing the festival program is a speaker program featuring panel discussions with thought leaders from the business, academic and changemaker worlds. Special guests include Ronni Kahn and Dan Goldberg (Food Fighter), Ian Mackenzie (Amplify Her), Johanna Kelly and Cameron Marshad (The Gateway Bug), Eliza Muirhead and Tim Watters (Operation Jeedara) as well as many of Melbourne's leading artists, activists, entrepreneurs and academics.
The festival also includes a number of industry and networking nights - BlockChain For Good, presented by Academy Xi and VR for Positive Change, presented by Real World VR, at Loop Project Space & Bar in the CBD.
Tickets are now on sale for the screenings and special events: click here to book online.
Discount tickets are also available for cyclists, with concession priced tickets being rewarded to patrons who ride their bike to the cinema.
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Transitions Film Festival 2018 screens at Cinema Nova between the 22nd of February and the 9th of March before touring a selection of films in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin and beyond.
The Melbourne festival takes place as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Australia, which runs throughout February.