Fleurieu Film Festival have announced their 10 finalists

Film Festival Launch: Erik Thomson talks at the theme reveal launch late last year. Photo: Harrison Schultz.

Film Festival Launch: Erik Thomson talks at the theme reveal launch late last year. Photo: Harrison Schultz.

The Fleurieu Film Festival has announced the top 10 finalist short-films which will appear at their fourth annual event – chosen from a record number of film submissions, this years films all focus on the topic ‘Climate Change – Hot Topic/Kool Films’.

This years chosen films feature a range of styles, all of which aim to direct attention to climate change and the need for the human race to act now. 

Aldinga local and Director, Producer and Writer of the finalist film Legacy, Barry Mitchell said that he was really pleased with the film being chosen as a finalist and hopes to helps educate people about the need to act on climate change.

“I’ve become quite involved with climate change education and work with the Climate Reality Project which was started by Al Gore,” he said.

“I give presentations on climate change and the theme (of the Fleurieu Film Festival) inspired me to create this film to help stimulate change.

“The film depicts a future where climate change hasn’t been addressed and (as a result) social systems have broken down.”

In addition with being chosen as an top 10 finalist at the Fleurieu Film Festival, Legacy was also successfully submitted to two international film festivals, Elements Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada and Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, Colorado.

Climate change: Council's Senior Strategy Planner, Nina Keath revealing the theme late last year.

Climate change: Council's Senior Strategy Planner, Nina Keath revealing the theme late last year.

On Saturday, February 9, the Fleurieu Film Festival will hold their awards night the S.C.Pannell Winery, the McLaren Vale Bushing Monarch winners, the night will also feature surf-punk band, The Young and the Wrestlers.

The following day a ‘Make your Own Film’ course will be held at the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitors Centre, given the public their own chance to experience film making.

Director: Local Aldinga man, Barry Mitchell who directed, produced and wrote 'Legacy'.

Director: Local Aldinga man, Barry Mitchell who directed, produced and wrote 'Legacy'.

Top 10 finalists chosen for the Fleurieu Film Festival:

Birthplace directed by Sil Van Der Woerd & Jorik Dozy Netherlands

The symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect Earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean pollution.

Climate Change & The Community directed by Craig Cooper & Onkaparinga Councils Studio 20 Youth Centre SA (World Premiere)

This documentary shows a new set of values around caring for people and place in the face of climate change. 

Harvest directed by Brodie Winning SA

A struggling farmer grapples with a brutal drought, financial troubles and the impending mortality of his dog and himself

Legacy directed by Barry Mitchell SA (World Premiere)

A group of children sit by a campfire listening to the story of how their ancestors destroyed the world. 

Mea Culpa directed by Tom Parolin SA

A journey into South Australia’s dark heart, documenting the exploitation of the environment and its inhabitants.

Semblance directed by Stephanie Jaclyn SA (World Premiere)

A young couple setting off in search of the house that the woman grew up in along the Fleurieu Peninsula. However they come to facing the reality that awaits them back home in the real world. 

The Devil’s Bureaucrat directed by Gina Cameron SA

Ever wondered whether the slight plagues and pestilences of your life have been part of a greater story? Meet Jeff, the mid-level bureaucrat who's sole task is to make sure things won't always go to plan.

Who’s A Fly Bird directed by Bianca Tomchin & Mathew Harvey NSW

Three comic vignettes present people dressed interpretively as birds inspired by the nature we take for granted.

Ursula directed by Rick Davies SA (World Premiere)

The polar bear relies on the northern sea ice to feed and breed. Climate change is significantly diminishing the volume of sea ice each year. 

Wind Giants directed by Nick Thompson SA (World Premiere)

This documentary is the visual celebration of wind power, poetically displaying how it is working to alleviate environmental impact caused by climate change.