The 4th annual Transitions Film Festival is gathering speed and is about to land on our home ground on the 13th of February 2015. It no doubt has every intention of wreaking havoc and tossing us around like a tornado, as it should, to shake and awaken us about what is happening on and to our planet and the threat it poses to society as we know it. We all need to wake up and stop living in ignorance and make the changes so that irreversible destruction of our civilisation does not occur.
If terms like fracking, tar sands, coal port expansion and peak oil do not speak to you, then it's time to take a break from consumerism, selfies and such like and go back to the school of visionary programs that showcase ground-breaking features, shorts and documentaries about the transition to a better world. As the slogan of this festival says; 'The future is on the table. The status quo is being disrupted. This is the decade that will define the course of history. Another world is happening. Get engaged. Get inspired. The future is now!' Catch some or all that the festival has to offer and work out where you might fit in to make a difference in this world before this festival leaves town on the 6th of March 2014.
The festival program showcases positive, inspiring and solutions-focused films that will highlight committed 'changemakers' that are going head to head with society's challenges to make sure a future exists for us. Topics like social and technological innovation, renewable energy, community empowerment, eco-architecture, collaborative consumption, global movements, ecological economics and consciousness will be covered. Its aim is to inspire you with stories of hope, resilience and action. There will be featured special guest introductions, live artistic performances and post-film discussions with local and international thought leaders after some of the screenings.
The Festival Launch begins with the Australian premier 'Inside Out The People's Art Project' on Friday 13th Feb, 9pm (doors open 7.30pm) at the Testing Grounds (1-23 City Rd, Southbank (just behind the Arts Centre) and this will be an outdoor screening. Tickets are $30 con/$35 full and it includes the movie, pre-show entertainment, food and drink).
Saturday the 14th of Feb (Valentine's Day) sees 'Years of Living Dangerously' being screened for FREE on the big screen at Federation Square at 2pm (till 6pm, making it 4 hrs long). This 9 part series will screen again on the 18th Feb from 1 to 5pm and on the 22nd Feb from 1 to 5pm.
Within Reach is a FREE outdoor screening at the Argyle Square Carlton (corner Lygon and Pelham streets, Carlton - Piazza Italia) on Monday 23 Feb at 8.30pm. This Australian premier includes a pre-screening bike tour of the city with stops at designated sites to screen a series of sustainability shorts. Grab your 2 wheeler and join the fun. Ride starts at 7.30pm, an hour before the screening.
The rest of the films are screening at Cinema Nova. Tickets are $16 con/$19.50 full. At Cinema Nova, (a) if you buy tickets to 4 or more films you'll receive the concession rate to all (b) Present your bike helmet at the box office to receive concession price (c) Present your Sustainable Living Festival BIG TICKET to receive the concession price.