Friday 28 May | 6pm – 9pm
Tickets and more information coming soon.
Saturday 29 May | 10.30am – 8.30pm
Tickets on sale soon via Palace Nova Cinema.
Thanks to our Festival Judges
We are incredibly honoured to have worked with four inspiring leaders to assist us in reviewing the film submissions and selecting the best films to showcase.
Lynda Stoner worked as an actor throughout most of her life including theatre, musicals, TV shows including Young Doctors, Cop Shop, Cleudo, The Flying Doctors, Shark’s Paradise and Prisoner and movies including Echoes of Paradise and Crawl. She has been an animal rights activist for 46 years, ever since reading Professor Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation.” She has been involved in countless sit-ins and rescues and exposes into the cruelty of battery hen facilities, broiler sheds, and pig factories. She is currently the CEO of Animal Liberation and a Director of Animals Australia. Six years ago she wrote the cookbook “Now Vegan!” which was reprinted four times. Adelaide is her home town and she is thrilled to be a Vegan Film Festival judge.
Leilani Münter is an environmental activist, documentary filmmaker, biology graduate, and a retired race car driver. Discovery’s Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world, ELLE Magazine awarded her their Genius Award, and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. In 2007, Leilani began adopting endangered rainforest to offset the carbon footprint of her race car and she protected over 1500 acres of rainforest during her racing career. Leilani is on the board of the Oceanic Preservation Society, the Academy Award winning filmmakers behind The Cove. She was featured in their Emmy-nominated film Racing Extinction. Leilani is on the board of the solar non-profit Empowered by Light, a patron of Population Matters and an ambassador for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. Leilani has been vegan since 2011.
Chris Delforce is the founding director of animal rights charity Farm Transparency Project, formerly known as Aussie Farms. After releasing a documentary about Australian pig farming entitled Lucent, Chris’s home was raided by police, leading to Australia’s first-ever ag-gag trial. A second documentary, Dominion, was released in 2018 and explores the many ways animals are routinely exploited and abused by humans.
Nicole is an astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth. She is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crewmember on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. Personal highlights of her time in space were performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first HTV, working with her international crew in support of the multi-disciplinary science onboard the orbiting laboratory, painting a watercolor, and of course the view out the window. Nicole is also a NASA Aquanaut. In preparation for spaceflight, she was a crewmember on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea holds the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth. She is the founder of the Space for Art Foundation — uniting a planetary community of children through the inspiration of space exploration and the healing power of art. Her first book “Back to Earth” is available now for pre-order here.