Calling all nature lovers! Be inspired by mother earth and everything she has to offer with the Environmental Film Festival, Melbourne's most notable 'green' event, encouraging discussion about important environmental issues through the power of film.
Premiering from the 4th to 12th September, the Environmental Film Festival features an array of events from food tasting, to exclusive IMAX screenings and panel discussions with some of the world's leading food activists.
If you're unsure where to start, allow us to help you out with our top picks to watch out for at the Environmental Food Festival.
OPENING NIGHT & LAUNCH PARTY
Kick the festival off with a bang and join special guests with the screening of Once Upon a Forest from Oscar winning director, Luc Jacquet – a visual spectacle that explores the world's greatest rainforest, the Amazon. Treat yourself to a variety of live music, drink and canapés offered throughout the night.
Date: Thursday 4 Sept, 6.30pm – late
SLOW FOOD FILM & TASTING
Participate in evocative discussions with charismatic food activist, Carlo Petrini, in Slow Food Story, and be inspired to learn about our food systems with local food appreciators. Oh, and did we mention you get to taste mouth-watering slow food, too? This event is a definite treat for all the foodies out there.
Date: Monday 8 Sept, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Engage in debates and discuss key environmental issues that pervade society today. Thought-provoking and entertaining, topics include the role of art in the environment and the impacts of unconventional gas. Following several films – view the program for details here.
JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC @ IMAX
Melburnians are in for a treat with a family-friendly screening of Journey to the South Pacific. Narrated by Australian sweetheart Cate Blanchett, it's a breathtaking 3D journey into life above and below the sea.
Date: Sat 6 September, 10-11am
For all the art buffs with an environmental heart, fall head over heel with some eco-art in Collins Place. Take your senses on a wild ride with Peter Strain's captivating macro photography works and Dylan Wood's entrancing work Tangible Tarkine Experience throughout EFF.
Celebrate the close of EFFM 2014 with a screening of Planet RE: think, plus an engaging panel discussion including patrons Adam Bandt and Bob Brown. Join in the fun with award announcements, and a closing party to rejoice in another milestone of environmental film making.
Date: Fri 12 Sept, 6.30pm – late
Image Credit: Still from The Meaning of Wild courtesy of EFFM 2014.