Balangara picks up two awards in two countries over two days
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November 2016 Issue

Awards in California and Tasmania

Award winner

Bee movie wins 2nd Place at TeFF

We are delighted to receive 2nd place award for best short film at the 2016 Tasmanian eco Film Festival. There's many exceptional stories and filmmakers amongst this year's festival program.  

Looking After Our Food is a story about Tasmanian beekeepers Bob Davey & Hedley Hoskinson who are serious about protecting honey-producing leatherwood rainforests, which are essential to the island state's unique food industry. 

Congratulations to producers Maritza Schafer, Warrick Jordan, Tom Claxton and the rest of the The Wilderness Society team who worked on this film. The two people who deserve great respect and acknowledgement are beekeepers Bob and Hedley. Without these two caring stalwarts, Tasmania wouldn’t have any leatherwood producing rich rainforests left to show in the film, which means there would be no production of the Tasmanian world renowned leatherwood honey, no beekeeping industry, diminished pollination of fruits and vegetables, reduction in agricultural production, a further diminishing of Tasmania’s clean-green image, and a possible increase of GM crops. 

Looking After Our Food screens at 3:30pm Friday 18 November at the State Theatre, Hobart in Digital Cinema Projection (DCP).  Click below to see the program and book tickets.

TeFF Program
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Award winner

Pilliga film wins 3rd Place at My Hero IFF

Looking After Our Past, Present and Future a story about the natural and cultural significance of the Pilliga has won 3rd Place in the environmental category at the 12th My Hero International Film Festival in California. We are honored to be part of this important humanitarian festival that celebrates hero’s who are changing the world.

The 8-minute film produced for The Wilderness Society centers around the relationship between Aunty Maureen Sulter, a Gomeroi Elder, and Jane Judd, a local resident from the Pilliga region. It focuses in on the significance of our local traditional language diversity and how that’s connected to the biodiversity in the Pilliga.

Following the festival, the film will be celebrated online on the MY HERO website winners page and shared with millions of people worldwide. My Hero website

A second Balangara film Looking After Our Greatest Blessing also picked up an Honourable Mention at the United States festival. The film features Anne Kennedy, President of the Great Artesian Basin Protection Group who is determined to save the precious clean water beneath the Pilliga forest for communities throughout New South Wales before coal seam gas mining companies contaminate the groundwater. 

The festival winning films will be screened on Friday 18 November between 5-9pm and awards ceremony takes place after another session of films on Saturday 19 November at 7:30pm.

Where: Ann and Jerry Moss Theater 
Herb Alpert Educational Village
Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Educational Justice
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404  
Book Tickets and register a seat

World premiere

Giant Lobster claws its way into "Green Fest"

A Gentle Giant has been selected for the 7th International Green Culture Festival "Green Fest". The film will have its world premiere during November 15th -18th 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Belgrade’s GREEN FEST is the biggest annual green annual event in South East Europe which binds environmental and cultural activities through film screenings, workshops, lectures, debates, exhibitions and innovations.

A Gentle Giant was one of 100 selected films amongst 1,455 submissions from 98 countries.

International Green Culture website

A Gentle Giant was released online in early August and has since gone on to amass over 870,000 views including thousands of comments from bloggers including various politicians.

“I never thought I'd say this sentence, but that is one handsome crayfish!" Ellen Sandell – Victorian State MP


The film, along with the online media campaign produced by The Wilderness Society prompted Australian mainstream media outlets to publish articles throughout various publications, both local and national. Click on the links to read more...
ABC "Fears for Tasmanian fresh water lobsters"
The Advocate "Crayfish recovery plan more important than ever"
The Examiner "Crayfish recovery after population disaster"
The Australian "Endangered Cray's Swept Away"

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