The 12th annual Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is back to transport viewers out of their lounge rooms from October 14 to November 14. It will take place entirely online and will contain narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and children's content, ranging from swimming deep with marlins and sea lions in California and traversing the 18th-century Alps in search of the sublime, to standing with Indigenous leaders fighting for their communities across the planet and admiring the moon from a new point of view. The opening night film is the Australian climate-change documentary The Weather Diaries, together with a live streamed performance from the film's star, Lupa J. For the full program and tickets, visit effa.org.au.
Japanese Film Festival
The 2021 Japanese Film Festival's Canberra season is scheduled to take place from October 28 to November 2, with films screening at Palace Electric Cinemas and the National Film and Sound Archive. Films include comedies, dramas, thrillers, musicals and documentaries. Volunteers are being sought to help with promotion and front-of-house activities: for more information on that and the festival program, visit japanesefilmfestival.net.
Belco Arts in October
Belconnen Arts Centre is closed during lockdown but has plenty of online content to enjoy. Positive Poster Lab (until December 31) is about dedicating a little time to being creative, to tuning in to yourself, and exploring what you need right now, in this moment. We'd love to see what you are doing. And maybe there's someone else out there who needs to hear your message too. In Mindful Drawing (October 30, noon), local artist Kiran Grewal will help you to discover the process of spontaneous drawing and how to make it an effective means of expression. The submission deadline for the Belco Arts Inclusion Award has been extended until Monday, October 18 so disabled and/or d/Deaf artists can still apply. Entries for the online exhibition Place Unframed - artists investigating the concept of place - are open until November 1. Entries for the Cosmos and Critters Youth Art Prize - depicting imaginary worlds and creatures - close on November 8. Age squads will be five to eight years, nine to 12 years and 13 to 17 years. For more information on all these and more, visit belcoarts.com.au.
Do you have a short film script or proof of concept that you'd like to see on screen? The Impulse Collective - a Canberra ensemble - is putting out a call for unproduced short screenplays for its next project. It's looking for short, sharp, compelling stories to bring to life and to an audience. If you have something you'd like to take from paper to screen, send your script to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24.
Art from Home
The National Gallery of Australia's Art from Home program has been developed by artists in collaboration with the gallery's learning team. Online and downloadable artist activities include animal portrait prints with Angelina Pwerle, horse rider sculptures with David Wallace and The Big Boat Adventure with Arone Meeks. nga.gov.au.
Megalo Print Studio's online exhibition Ligature, featuring prints from VCA editions in Naarm/Melbourne, continues until October 16. It features collaborative screenprints, lithographs, digital and C-type prints. See megalo.org.
Upcoming ANU events
The ANU School of Art & Design has upcoming online seminars on sustainable creative careers for artists - topics include how to ask for what you want and pitching yourself - on October 13, 20 and 27. See: soad.cass.anu.edu.au/events.