SA Eco Film Festival 2018 celebrates its 5th birthday with free screenings, and new venues

The SA Eco Film Festival is celebrating its 5th birthday this year, with the festival running in Johannesburg and Cape Town, from 22 to 30 March. This friendly festival aims to showcase intriguing and creative film content that highlights topics on sustainability, the environment, ecology and social justice. And this year, as you’ll see, it has all sorts of other things going on… Including the outcome of the 2017 Reliance Talent Campus, a short film, EMBO, created by new filmmaker Xola Mteto, which will open and close the SA Eco Film Festival.

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The theme of the festival this year is #connected: In an age where we are more connected than ever before, we now have the opportunity to discover how very #connected all things are, and perhaps to begin to appreciate the effect we have on each other and the natural world.

Showcasing the longest list of international feature films so far, the heart of the festival will primarily take place in local independent cinemas: The Labia Theatre in Cape Town, The Bioscope in Johannesburg, and with satellite venues at the African Leadership Academy (a ‘mini-fest’ run by the students) and SImonstown Library. As usual, the film line up is offering a diverse range of topics from Oceans, to Slums, to the Stars – Let There Be Light shares the story behind the building of an ‘artificial star’ in the chase for Nuclear Fusion and unlimited clean energy, while the disturbing but oh-so-real footage in A Plastic Ocean is both captivating and disturbing, and the highly entertaining BUGS , looks at how top chefs are making bugs not just an eco food choice, but delicious… to Secrets at Sunrise the profound tale of a team of scientists striving to save one little earth-bound species of parrot.

With water currently on all our minds, particularly in Cape Town, and the opening day of the festival being World Water day, there are two important films looking at aspects of water crises from unique view points: Thank you for the Rain , and The Man Who Wanted to Change The World , both stories coming out of Kenya and stories of individuals who step forward to make a difference. The festival is very fortunate this year to welcome the director of the Man Who Wanted to Change the World, Mariette Faber to the festival, who will be joining a workshop and the QnA session after the film.

Special inclusion this year to celebrate the Eco Festival’s 5th birthday are several free screening events: the National Geographic’s documentary on Jane Goodall: Jane , in Johannesburg and Cape Town; Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s stunning Planet Ocean , in Cape Town on Sunday 25 March. The SA Eco Shorts film fest, hosted on 29 March at the Cape Town designers-collective BoOp bring a new twist to the traditional support of shorts, and a very exciting once-off event at the V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Friday 30 March ends the festival with a flourish: showcasing ‘sneak preview’ footage from South African eco-films currently in production, introduced by the filmmakers themselves.

And there’s more – from Talent Campus Breakfast panels on Crowdfunding, to a experiential offering for children: Little Explorers, a 3D Google Cardboard experience – The festival is, itself, exploring all the ways such an event can reach out to touch and connect with our audiences. All films are followed by a Q n A with a speaker, where time allows: the conversations that link the experience of the film to our experiences day-to-day are perhaps one of the most important aspects of how the festival can step forward and our audience can feel, or get, #Connected

Festival Information:

Full programme schedule at:
Full Film List with links to trailers can be found here: Festival dates: 22 to 30 March, 2018
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Booking essential for free screenings | Ticket Price for paid screenings: R50