“VISIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD”
23rd February – 15th March 2021
In a year of unprecedented disruption and upheaval, there has never been a more vital time to understand our world and imagine a better future.
The Transitions Film Festival returns this February with an enthralling program of world-changing documentaries about the existential challenges, creative innovations and heroic pioneers that can help us envision a new normal.
After previously hosting festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, this summer the Transitions Film Festival presents its first-ever virtual program, available online nationwide.
The festival kicks off February 23rd with the premiere screening of Environment Victoria’s Beyond the Burning at MPavilion in Melbourne. The full online program will be available between February 26th and March 15th and can be viewed here.
Transitions Film Festival shares real inspiring stories, offers solutions to society’s greatest challenges and showcases local heroes and change-makers who are building a better world.
Highlights of this year’s program include The Hidden Life of Trees, the documentary follow-up to the global best-selling book which journeys with Peter Wohlleben as he enlightens the world on the wonderous language of the forests, Making A Mountain, which follows globally renowned architect Bjarke Ingles and his half-a-billion dollar quest to build an artificial ski-slope on a waste-to-energy power plant in the heart of Copenhagen and Beyond Zero, an inspirational biopic about pioneer Ray Anderson, Founder of Interface, and his world-changing mission to redefine the meaning of business in the era of climate change. The Invisible Hand, a powerful documentary produced by, and featuring, Emmy-Award winning actor Mark Ruffalo, spotlights a powerful new tool in the quest to protect our planet – the legal rights of nature.
In response to last year’s devastating bushfires, the climate crisis is a central theme of this year’s program. Borealis explores the threats and solutions to managing the enchanting Boreal forests of Canada, Megafires highlights the cutting-edge solutions to this alarming new genre of threat facing humanity, and Where There Once Was Water takes us into the heart of the Navajo Nation and asks us to reimagine our relationship with our most sacred element.
Activism is celebrated in Citizen Nobel, which follows the journey of the quirkily charming Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jacques Dubochet as he uses his fame as a tool to protect our collective future, Barefoot, which travels with viral sensation Mark Baumer who walked barefoot across America for 100 days to bring attention to climate change and Youth On Strike, which gets up close and personal with Australia’s leading youth climate organisers as they prepare for the biggest student action in history.
NOW, blends the personal stories of youth activists with the wisdom of iconic influencers including Muhammad Yunis, Patti Smith and Wim Wenders, and showcases real-world examples of innovative solutions to our environmental challenges, and The Walrus and The Whistleblower, gives us a deeply engrossing biopic about an animal rights activist who is sued for 1.5 million dollars for trying to protect the life of a walrus named Smooshi.
New ways of imagining politics and the economy are highlighted in Inherent Good, which champions the benefits of ‘Universal Basic Income’ as a panacea to society’s ills, and Birddog Nation, which celebrates the power of inspired women to create massive political and social change.
Protecting our oceans and environment is explored in An Ocean Story, which follows Dutch filmmaker Sander Van Weert as he travels the world searching for the solutions to the greatest threats facing our oceans and Microplastic Madness, a heart-warming adventure with a class of impossibly charming 11-year-old students as they achieve significant and inspiring victories in the fight for a world free form plastic pollution.
In a year of deep pause and great resets, Transitions Film Festival celebrates the things we love and inspires us to fight for the future we want.
The festival kicks off on the 23rd of February with the World Premiere screening of Environment Victoria’s Beyond The Burning at MPavilion in Melbourne.
The full online program will be available between February 26th and March 15th. To learn more or purchase tickets, head to the Transitions Film Festival website.