Transitions Film Festival
The world is at a turning point; industry, technology and society are transforming – and offering more opportunities than ever before – while environmental and economic challenges threaten to derail the whole operation.
Transitions Film Festival, now in its ninth year, explores the quagmires facing humanity and aims inspire audiences to find sustainable, innovative ways forward. This year it’s on at Cinema Nova, Loop Project Space & Bar, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Siteworks and The Astor.
Across local and international documentaries, the 2020 program covers a broad range of meaningful themes including the climate crisis, resilience, social and technological innovation, health and wellness, and the mind-blowing advancements in artificial intelligence.
Highlights include The Great Green Wall, which tracks the wildly ambitious project to build a 8000-kilometre wall of trees to prevent desertification in Africa; Sanctuary, following Spanish actor Javier Bardem, his brother, and leaders of Greenpeace as they set out to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean; and the world premiere of My Year of Living Mindfully, which follows filmmaker and journalist Shannon Harvey from research labs at the world's leading universities to refugee camps in the Middle East, as she investigates the power of mindfulness meditation.
Transitions is an “impact festival”, which means the majority of screenings featuring panel discussions with filmmakers and thought leaders. Guests include former Greens leader Bob Brown, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific David Ritter, and My Year of Living Mindfully filmmaker Shannon Harvey.