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THE NGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

14 - 18 OCT 2024, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

THE NGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

THENGOIFF is a unique festival that celebrates the use of solution films and storytelling in the international development ecosystem. We collate, disseminate and recognise human-centered stories themed along Sustainable Development Goals.

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2024 Festival Themes

In 2024, our lens turns towards the pressing issues of Immigration, Indigenous Knowledge, and Ecological Protection. The challenges of global migration, the urgent need to preserve indigenous wisdom amidst cultural shifts, and the escalating environmental crises demand our attention. As we step into this new festival year, we recognize the intricate tapestry of human movement, the richness of traditional knowledge at risk, and the critical importance of safeguarding our planet. These themes encapsulate the complex narratives of our time, calling us to explore, understand, and collectively strive for a more inclusive, culturally rich, and sustainable future.

IMMIGRATION

Immigration is a testament to the human spirit’s
quest for hope, opportunity, and a place to call home. It is the narrative of countless individuals who cross borders, not just geographical & cultural but as an escape from conflict, natural or human disaster, in pursuit of a better life. This movement of people is a powerful force, weaving a rich tapestry of languages, traditions, and ideas into the fabric of host nations.

At its core, immigration is about transformation—of the immigrants themselves and the communities they join. It challenges us to embrace change and to recognize the strength found in diversity. As we navigate the complexities of immigration, we uncover the potential for progress, innovation, and a
more inclusive world.

INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE

In the heart of our diverse world lies a treasure trove of ancient wisdom— indigenous knowledge, from indigenous people. This profound understanding, deeply rooted in the symbiotic relationship between native communities and their natural habitats, has been cultivated over millennia. It’s not just a way of knowing but a way of living, harmoniously intertwined with the rhythms of the Earth.

Indigenous knowledge encompasses a holistic approach to the world, where every element of the ecosystem is respected and valued. It’s a testament to the resilience and ingenuity of indigenous peoples who have thrived by reading the subtle signs of nature, from the medicinal properties of plants to the intricate patterns of the climate.

As we face global challenges, the insights of indigenous knowledge offer sustainable solutions and a guiding light towards a more balanced and respectful existence with our planet. It’s a legacy that calls us to listen, learn, and safeguard for future generations.

ECOLOGICAL PROTECTION

In an era where the balance of nature hangs by a thread, ecological protection emerges as a clarion call for collective action. It’s a movement that transcends borders, uniting us in the common goal of preserving the Earth’s precious tapestry of life. Ecological protection is our commitment to the future—a pledge to shield our planet’s diverse habitats, from the densest forests to the deepest oceans.

This mission is not just about conservation; it’s about restoration and resilience. It’s about implementing innovative practices that align human activities with the natural world’s rhythms, ensuring that development does not come at the expense of the environment. Through ecological protection, we strive to maintain the intricate web of life that sustains us all, fostering a world where nature thrives in harmony with humanity.

2023 FESTIVAL

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NOTABLE GUESTS AT THENGOIFF 2023

2023 Highlights

2023 OFFICIAL FILM SELECTIONS

Explore the selected In Competition solution films that are up for Jury Awards at THENGOIFF 2023.

Check out the highly creative films that explore solutions to THENGOIFF 2023’s themes.

Why Attend?

Spotlighting Change

THENGOIFF is known not just for its films, but for the dynamic and interactive conversations that surround the films. We bring together some of the most influential change-making organizations from across the globe to engage with our audience and help develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the most important issues of our time.

Building Knowledge

Attendees come for more than just films. They come to be inspired, to learn from others, to share best practices, and to understand the challenges, opportunities, and on-ground realities in other developmental sectors. To build a sustainable knowledge is to listen and learn from both local experts and leaders while respecting cultural values.

Cultivating A Community

THENGOIFF is a hub for filmmakers and development industry professionals to connect, learn, share ideas, and be inspired. We create an interactive opportunity, not just for the passive watching of films, but genuine opportunities for networking, creating connections, and building a development community that embraces storytelling as central to its purpose.

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