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Transitions Film Festival 2014

15-23 February 2014 at Cinema Nova and Federation Square

Another World is Happening

The Transitions Film Festival returns to Cinema Nova this February, with an inspiring program of world-changing documentaries. This year’s festival includes two world premieres and seven films making their Australian screen debut. The festival begins on February 15th with free screenings on the Big Screen at Federation Square before moving to Cinema Nova for a week, concluding with an innovative weekend of Cinema By Demand screenings.

The films in this year's Transitions Film Festival highlight the power, commitment and fortitude of individuals pushing themselves, against the odds, to create change: Aim High in Creation follows an Australian filmmaker who infiltrates the impenetrable borders of North Korea on the quest to fight fracking, Easy Like Water tells the fascinating tale of an entrepreneur creating floating schools for submerged cities in Bangladesh, Musicwood tracks the most famous guitar-makers in the world on a jungle quest to save the acoustic guitar, and Project Wild Thing follows a man on a mission to 'sell' nature to children.

The power of youth is highlighted in Revolutionary Optimists, which tells the story of slum children who bring potable water to their village for the first time, Growing Cities follows a team of students travelling the US in search of a solution to the global food crisis, Last Call tells the story of a team of young scientists challenging the fundamental assumptions of our civilization and Future of Energy showcases inspirational stories of the community groups that are laying the foundations for an international energy revolution that is taking off around the world.

Key festival guests include: the director of Aim High in Creation, Anna Broinowski (NSW), the not-for-profit bar-owning social entrepreneur who raised $50k by sitting on a toilet for 50 hours, Simon ‘Who Gives a Crap’ Griffiths, champions of the people-powered energy revolution Theo Badashi and Maximilian DeArmon (USA) the founder of the ‘pay what you feel’ restaurant chain ‘Lentil as Anything’, Shanaka Fernando and CEO of Australia’s largest youth-run organisation, Viv Benjamin.

Tickets are available now through the Cinema Nova website - Discount tickets are on offer again this year for (re)cyclists, with concession priced tickets being rewarded to patrons who ride their bike to the cinema or bring in an old phone to recycle.

In addition to the core program, Transitions Film Festival is also bringing participatory programing to Australia in 2014 by including a weekend of ‘Cinema by Demand’. The festival will be using the crowd-funding platform Start Some Good to expand the festival program based on audience demand. Tickets for ‘by demand’ screenings will be available from the 15th of January until the 10th of February with successfully supported screenings to take place on the 22nd and 23rd of February.

The Transitions Film Festival is Australia’s largest sustainability film festival, dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers that are leading the way to a better world.

Full program available at


AIM HIGH IN CREATION >> 6:30 Sunday 16th February >> Followed by Q& A with Director Anna Broinowski
A revolutionary comedy about the cinematic genius of North Korea’s late Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, with a ground breaking experiment at its heart: a propaganda film about ‘fracking’ made according to the rules of his 1987 Manifesto: The Cinema and Directing.

PROJECT WILD THING >> Australian Premiere>> 6:30 Tuesday 18th Followed by panel discussion on ‘Selling Sustainability’
This documentary film takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature, coined “nature deficit disorder” by psychologists. Project Wild Thing is a film-led movement to get more kids and families outside and reconnecting with nature.

EASY LIKE WATER >> Australian Premiere>> 8:30 Tuesday 18th February >> Introduced by Simon Griffiths (Shebeen, Who Gives A Crap)
Part of the Sundance Institute’s ‘Stories of Change’ initiative, Easy Like Water presents a refreshing new perspective on the resilience of the Global South. It tells the story of Mohammed Rezwan from Bangladesh, who designed, and built, floating, solar-powered schools on boats as a reaction to the rising oceans in Bangladesh.

GROWING CITIES + GROWING FOOD>>Presented by Oxfam>> Australian Premiere >> 6:30 Wednesday 19th February>> Followed by discussion on “The Future of Food” featuring Shanaka Fernando (Lentil as Anything) and Rasha Tayeh (Growing Food)
A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS >> Australian Premiere >> 8:30 Wednesday 19th February>> Introduced by Viv Benjamin (Oaktree)
Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer - turned social entrepreneur, empowers children to become leaders in improving health and transforming their communities for the better. The Revolutionary Optimists follows his journey as he attempts to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where children live and work in unimaginable conditions.

WEB >> International Premiere>> 6:30 Thursday 20th February >> Followed by discussion on the 'Revolutionary Power of the Internet
What happens when children, isolated in the Peruvian Amazon, experience the Internet for the first time? Web explores the possibilities that emerge when the disconnected get online.

LAST CALL >> Australian Premiere 6:30 Friday 21st February >> Followed by discussion on “The Future of Capitalism”
Last Call tells the story of the rise, fall and final rebirth, of ‘Limits to Growth,’ one of the most controversial and inspiring environmental books of our time. It asks one of the most important and difficult questions our civilization has been forced to ask: how can we have infinite growth on a finite planet?

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY: LATERAL POWER TO THE PEOPLE >> International Premiere >> 8:30 Friday 21st February >> Introduced by Director Theo Badashi (USA) and Producer Maximilian DeArmon (USA)
The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People is a documentary adventure about the renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the planet. The film explores what some people are calling the third industrial revolution, where resources are not centralized and extraction based, but distributive, renewable and available to everyone.

Cinema By Demand >> Successful films screening 22nd and 23rd of February. .
Transitions Film Festival trials ‘Cinema by Demand’ using crowdfunding website Start Some Good. The website is open to receive pledges up until the 10th of February. Films that obtain sufficient support are screened.

(re) Cyclists Discounts
Transitions Film Festival offers concession discounts to individuals who cycle or bring in their phone to recycle. Bike riders must present their helmet at the box office to receive concession discount.

Mobile Muster will be providing phone recycling tubes outside the Nova Box office. Concession prices are on offer for individuals who choose to recycle their old mobile phones, they will also go into the draw to win a fair trade hamper valued at over $200.

Time: 7pm -10pm

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