Environmental film festival around the corner

In brief: The Environmental Film Festival Australia will again return at the end of September to Melbourne, before heading on to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.

Now in its seventh year, the festival showcases films that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, hoping to spur action on environmental issues.

Judging by one of the films revealed already, there will be a lot of food for thought.

Bugs on the Menu asks viewers to reconsider their dietary choices by presenting “a prescient and informative study of the health and environmental benefits of eating insects”.

Director Ian Toews heads around the world to explore cultures where eating insects – entomophagy – is already commonplace, while also investigating the start-ups attempting to bring what promises to be a sustainable, more ethical choice to Western stomachs.

Another film, Death By Design, looks at the severe environmental and health consequences of our addiction to technology.

Constantly updated technology combined with our throw-away culture have seen countries struggling to deal with the negative effects on environments and populations.

EFFA’s full program will be launched on Thursday 25 August, with the festival beginning on Thursday 29 September in Melbourne then heading to other cities.

AnthropoScene Film Comp attracts global attention

Meanwhile, 141 entries from across to globe have been received for the global short film competition AnthropoScene, an initiative between the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, which invites 3-4 minute films on “the general subject of the new epoch of the Anthropocene”.

Six finalists will be preselected by the jury for public screening on 28 October at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture: Not In My Backyard for a chance to win $10,000 in prize money.

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