MELB: Cinema Nova & Loop Project Space & Bar – 22 Feb-March 9
SYD: Dendy Newtown – 20-22 March
PERTH: Luna Outdoor Palace – 23-25 March
BRIS: New Farm Cinema – 23-25 March
ADEL: Mercury Cinema – 18-27 May

The 7th annual Transitions Film Festival returns to Cinema Nova this February with another inspiring line-up of world-changing films.

Showcasing local and international documentaries aimed at empowering audiences to build a better world, the films in this year’s program cover a broad range of themes including: the future of food, ocean health, big data, online privacy, climate change, animal welfare, renewable energy, social justice and the revolutionary potential of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

The Festival opens with the Australian festival premiere of Food Fighter, a powerful Australian feature about the unstoppable Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, and her epic battle to end food waste in Australia, and closes with Albatross, the highly anticipated debut feature film from internationally acclaimed artist and activist Chris Jordan, which explores the devastating consequences of plastics on our oceans and wildlife.

The accelerating threats and impacts of climate change are explored in Thank You For the Rain – a profound story about a Kenyan farmer and the effects of climate change on his family; Chasing Coral, which sees director Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice) focus his attention on the bleaching of our reefs; and Living in the Future’s Past, which follows Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges as he delves into the worlds of dark ecology, entropy and the end of nature, to help us understand our place in the world.

The solutions to our environmental predicaments are on display in Third Industrial Revolution, a Vice Impact feature documentary which presents visionary environmentalist and economist Jeremy Rifkin’s roadmap for a utopian future; Guardians of The Earth, which gives audiences an intimate glimpse behind the closed doors of the Paris Climate Agreement negotiations and Unfractured, which follows ‘toxic avenger’ Sandra Steingraber as she leads one of New York’s largest grassroots movements in history.

Operation Jeedara, an Australian documentary narrated by Bob Brown, documents the mission of a brave crew as they set out to protect the Great Australian Bight from the destructive impacts of oil pollution; and The Race is On follows British filmmakers, James Dike and Paul Mapel as they lay out the societal changes needed to create a sustainable economy by 2040.

The history and future of how humanity will feed itself is also a central theme of this year’s Festival. Evolution of Organic, the latest film from the makers of A Fierce Green Fire, paints an endearing portrait of the founders of the organic food movement; The Gateway Bug, follows cricket-as-protein start-ups and investigates the potential of insects to radically improve our global food system; and Empathy follows a quirky Spanish filmmaker on his journey to understand the relationship between humans and animals.

Women’s empowerment is celebrated in Amplify Her, which majestically explores the power of femininity and the role of women in the electronic music industry; and Big Dream, which follows the stories of seven young women as they pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Other highlights include Bending the Arc, which follows two Harvard medical students on their quest to eradicate tuberculosis and AIDS in Haiti, Peru and Rwanda; Last Animals, a visceral adventure story about the humans struggling to protect our endanger species, 500 Years, which tells the sweeping saga of Mayan resistance and activism in Guatemala; and Within Formal Cities, which explores the revolutionary power of well-thought-out architecture to improve the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished citizens.

The mind-boggling implications of rapid technological advancement are explored in SuperSapiens – Rise of the Mind, a feature documentary staring Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Nick Bostrom and Ben Goertzel – about the moral and ethical implications of merging man with machine; You’re Soaking In It, which looks at the new face of advertising in a world of big data and limited privacy; and Free Lunch Society, a film about the history and future of Universal Basic Income as a solution to the automation economy and the end of jobs.

The Festival also features a number of industry and networking nights including Blockchain For Good, presented by Academy Xi, and VR for Positive Change, presented by Real World VR, with both events taking place at Loop Project Space and Bar in the CBD.

Special guests of the Festival include Ronni Kahn and Dan Goldberg (Food Fighter), Ian Mackenzie (Amplify Her), Johanna Kelly and Cameron Marshad (The Gateway Bug), Eliza Muirhead and Tim Watters (Operation Jeedara) as well as many of Melbourne’s leading artists, activists, entrepreneurs and academics.

The complete program includes over 27 feature documentaries, including 20 Australian premieres, as well as a speaker program featuring foremost sustainability academics, artists and entrepreneurs.

The Transitions Film Festival runs from the 22nd of February until the 9th of March at Cinema Nova before touring a selection of films to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin. In Melbourne, the Festival takes place as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Australia, which runs throughout February.

Full program available online at




Melbourne: 22 February – 9 March
Sydney: 20 – 22 March
Perth: 23 – 25 March
Brisbane: 23 – 25 March
Adelaide: 18 – 27 May

Melbourne: Cinema Nova, Loop Project Space & Bar
Sydney: Dendy Newtown
Brisbane: New Farm Cinema
Perth: Luna Palace
Adelaide: Mercury Cinema


The Transitions Film Festival is 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


22 Feb, 7:00 Food Fighter – Presented by Dumbo Feather – followed by Q&A with Ronni Kahn (CEO OzHarvest) and Dan Goldberg (Filmmaker)
23 Feb, 6:15 Amplify Her – Followed by Q&A with director Ian Mackenzie (Canada)
23 Feb, 8:45 500 Years – Presented by The Rescope Project
24 Feb, 2:00 The Last Animals
25 Feb, 12:00 Living in the Future’s Past – Produced by Jeff Bridges
25 Feb, 2:00 Empathy
25 Feb, 4:00 Evolution of Organic – Presented by Dr. Bronner – introduced by Uncanny Annie
26 Feb, Doors from 5:00 VR for Positive Change industry event at Loop Project Space and Bar – Presented by Real World VR
27 Feb, 6:15 Guardians of The Earth – Presented by The United Nations Association of Australia – followed by panel discussion
27 Feb, 8:45 Unfractured – Presented by the High Commission of Canada
Feb 28, 6:15 Within Formal Cities – Presented by Grimshaw Architects and Matters Journal – followed by panel discussion
Feb 28, 8:30 Third Industrial Revolution – a Vice Impact film – Presented by Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
March 1, 6:15 The Race is On – Presented by Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute – followed by panel discussion
March 1, 8:15 Thank You For The Rain
March 2, 6:15 The Gateway Bug – Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers
March 2, 8:30 Unseen Enemy
March 3, 12:00 May I be Happy
March 3, 2:00 Chasing Coral – Presented by Breakthrough – followed by panel discussion
March 3, 4:30 Operation Jeedara – Followed by Q and A with filmmakers and guests
March 4, 4:00 Food Fighter encore
March 5, 4:30 & 6:30 Short films + Blockchain for Good shorts film and panel discussion – Presented by Academy Xi
March 6, 6:15 Big Dream – Presented by That Startup Show – followed by panel discussion
March 6, 8:45 Bending the Arc
March 7, 6:15 SuperSapiens
March 7, 8:15 You’re Soaking In It
March 8, 6:15 Free Lunch Society
March 8, 8:30 AlphaGo
March 9, 7:00 Albatross

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