Transitions Film Festival 2020 + giveaway!

When: 20 February - 6 March
Where: Nova Cinema, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, Melbourne
How much: Various ticket prices - see website for details
More info: Transitions Film Festival Website

Now in its ninth iteration, Transitions Film Festival: Visions for a Better World is back with an incredible lineup of local and international documentaries about social, environmental and technological innovations that are shaping our future. This year’s program covers a broad range of themes including: the climate crisis, resilience, social and technological innovation, health and wellness, and the mind-blowing advancements in artificial intelligence.

*For your chance to win a double pass to Cooked: Survival by Zip Code head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘Win’ Page and enter the code COOKEDASSEMBLE.*

Our top picks:


Directed by Fredrik Gertten

Housing is a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities across the globe, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? Screening as part of the Resilience Stream and presented by Grimshaw, Push  investigates why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. More info here.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Directed by Judith Helfand

Screening as part of the Resilience Stream and using a combination of chutzpah, humour and candour, Cooked: Survival by Zipcode delves deep into the politics and economics of disaster and disaster preparedness. Why are some disasters easier to prepare for than others, and how can we get ready for what is to come? Whether it’s a deadly heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey or Maria, these disasters reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who lives and dies every day. More info here.

Almost Human

Directed by Jeppe Rønde

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this haunting film provides an engrossing exploration of our relationship with artificial intelligence. Philosophers, anthropologists, archaeologists and physicists explore what it means to be human in the age of exponential technology. More info here.


Directed by Alvaro Longoria

Presented by Green Peace, Sanctuary follows international celebrity Javier Bardem, his brother, and the leaders of Greenpeace as they embark on an epic adventure to create the world’s largest sanctuary in the Antarctic Ocean. On their voyage aboard the Arctic Sunrise we are shown first-hand how science, politics and social media have joined forces to bring together almost 3 million people in the fight to preserve the natural world. More info here. 

[Image: still from Sanctury, courtesy of Transitions Film Festival]