Connecting creative arts and ecology

The creative arts and ecology collide in the inaugural Geelong Environmental Film Festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February.

This thought provoking film festival named The GEFF, features a collection of new and inspiring short, animated and feature films. Keynote speakers and panel guests will discuss environmental issues, storytelling, research and filmmaking tips.  Feature films include the recently released ‘Ever the Land’, local film ‘Melbourne Downunder’ and ‘Baykeepers‘, amongst many more. The film festival is a key event of the Sustainble Living Festival in Geelong.

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Keynote speakers include Tim Silverwood and Hannie Rayson, with a selection of panel experts including Trevor Almeida, Neil Blake, Stacey Chilcott, Sharee Marris from the arts, science research and filmmaking industries.

The film festival theme is ‘Creative Arts and Ecology’ focusing on water, aquatic ecosystems and regional stories.

The film festival will connect the creative arts, filmmakers, environmental groups, researchers, and people interested in sustainability, providing opportunities for new networks and connections.

A selection of international animated short films at 4.30pm Friday is paired with a panel of expert animators and producers. This session is an opportunity for students and emerging animators to engage with Jumbla’s Creative Director Callan Woolcock, Glen Hunwick of Glen Art Production and others on animation, storytelling and breaking into the industry.

There will also be a youth leadership forum with key environmental youth and young leaders to discuss climate change, messaging and communication ideas. An expo bringing together filmmakers, environmental and sustainability groups from the Barwon region, western district and Ballarat will be available both days.

Tickets are $10 for day sessions, $15 for evening sessions, and the weekend Garden Pass for all seven sessions for $50. For tickets go to gpac.org.au or purchase tickets at the GPAC box office.

The Geelong Environmental Film Festival is presented by Future Proofing Geelong, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Innate Ecology.


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