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* Outdoor Film Festival | Melbourne Zoo *
Melbourne Zoo launches summer Outdoor Film Festival Stay until 8pm with an outdoor film festival and evening keeper talks For the first time ever, Melbourne Zoo is opening its doors for a brand new, after-hours outdoor film festival. The must-see summer movie event centres around the themes of marine conservation, sustainability and the environment, and will run for two weeks, from January 1-14. The program is headlined by the David Attenborough and BBC production Light on Earth, as well as the Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic 2019 multi-award winning Sea of Shadows. Each screening will be showcased on an impressive outdoor visual display and take place in the stunning open-air surrounds of Melbourne Zoo. The nights will kick-off with thought-provoking presentations featuring leading environmental and conservation experts. Leading the impressive line-up is National Geographic's Jason Edwards, who will delve into the importance of storytelling through photography, and Zoos Victoria scientist Dr Marissa Parrott who will talk about the changing landscape of Antarctica and the ways people can make a difference to protect the planet. The talks will be followed by conservation focused short films, with the main film of the night commencing immediately after. The Melbourne Zoo Outdoor Film Festival runs from 5.30pm to 8pm each evening - coinciding with the Zoo's extended opening hours during the first two weeks of the new year. Guests are invited to visit the animals basking in the summer sunset, and bring low-back chairs, pillows and picnic rugs and find a place on the lawns in the heart of the Zoo for the evening screenings. Entry to the special event is free with the price of Zoo admission, with proceeds going towards Zoos Victoria's efforts to fight wildlife extinction. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase at the Zoo during the festival.
Outdoor Film Festival programDate Feature film from 6.10pm Short film 6.05pm Seminar 5.30pm Wednesday, 1 January A Plastic Ocean (PG) My Haggan Dream Thursday, 2 January Shark Girl (PG) A Plastic Ocean (short) The Enhancement of Antarctica: a remote, but not untouched, wilderness with Dr Marissa Parrott Friday, 3 January Jago: A Life Underwater (PG) Colors for Change A veterinary rescue story with Dr Sarah Firth Saturday, 4 January Sea of Shadows | National Geographic (PG-13) Secret life of Plankton From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef with Fiona Merida Sunday, 5 January Return of the River (PG-13) The Plactic Vagabond Breakfast with Octopuses with Josie Jones Monday, 6 January Beauty and the Reef (PG) Plastics in Raja Ampat Indonesia The Enhancement of Antarctica: a remote, but not untouched, wilderness with Dr Marissa Parrott Tuesday, 7 January Sonic Sea (PG) Colors for Change Shearwater birds on Lord Howe Island with Dr Jenny Gray Wednesday, 8 January Racing Extinction (PG) Mangroves Bubbles not balloons with Ben Sanders and Pete Lancaster Thursday, 9 January Chasing Coral (PG) Secret life of Plankton The science behind the film with Ricki Hersburgh Friday, 10 January Chasing the Thunder (NR - no rating) My Haggan Dream Journeys in Africa with Jessica McDonald Saturday, 11 January Sea of Shadows | National Geographic (PG-13) The Plastic Vagabond A Naturalist with a Camera with Chris Cook Sunday, 12 January David Attenborough's Light on Earth (PG) A Plastic Ocean (short) Let's all walk the talk and be plastic free with Ricki Hersburgh Monday, 13 January A Plastic Ocean (PG) Mangroves Icebergs to Iguanas with Jason Edwards Tuesday, 14 January Racing Extinction (PG) Plastics in Raja Ampat Indonesia Waste Not: How to make a big difference by throwing away less with Erin Rhoads
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