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2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW!


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  • DIRECTOR Damon Gameau

  • PRODUCER Nick Batzias, Anna Kaplan, Virginia Whitwell, Damon Gameau



Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the world today.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

A world where humanity as a collective is mobilised to learn about, contribute to, advocate for and invest in regenerative solutions to heal our planet and all of its living systems

Impact Goals:
- Activate agency
- Mobilise the movement
- Move the money
- Shift the policy frame


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

2040 is an entry point into a much larger world of climate solutions that are already within reach. From regenerative seaweed farming to community energy projects, people are taking matters into their own hands and creating innovative solutions to climate change.

Screenings are the catalyst for audience groups to come together to discuss what needs to be done locally and globally to reverse climate change and transition to new systems that safeguard the planet for future generations. Our diverse screening partners will bring communities together to discuss the existing solutions to climate change. Screenings in schools, community settings, workplaces and institutions are supported with free toolkits and curriculum materials to build capacity to develop local action groups, projects and campaigns.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Mobilise a grassroots movement of volunteers, conveners, organizers, activists, advocates, storytellers and financial backers of regenerative solutions to climate change.

Develop action-orientated impact partnerships to create and curate pathways to action for a broad range of audience groups.

Build a dynamic online hub with an interactive climate action-planning tool to help people define their passion and activate their agency based on their attributes and location.

Create a platform to share the best ideas for the future with short-form content featuring using 2040’s signature style of ‘fact based dreaming’ to show how the solutions available to us today can be scaled to benefit us all and future generations.

Harness the networks and influence of our partners, funders and advisors to facilitate high-impact screenings and amplify advocacy by engaging with leaders and powerbrokers in the corporate, finance, technology, resources, education and government sectors.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We are working with a diverse range of impact partners to engage relevant sectors and stakeholders, amplify youth and grassroots campaigns, advocate for for political and corporate action on climate that rapidly reduce emissions and decarbonise the planet to keep global warming under 1.5c and emissions under 350ppm.

This ecosystem of content, tools and advocacy is designed to inspire individual action and behavior change, while also mobilizing audience groups to work collectively towards common goals for humanity and our planet.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

2040 is the entry point into a much larger world of climate solutions that are already at our fingertips. From seaweed farming to community renewable energy projects, the film shows what's possible when passionate people take matters into their own hands.

We want audiences to join the Regeneration and get active in accelerating solutions to the climate crisis by:
- Activating a personalised 2040 action plan
- Sharing the film with family, friends, colleagues, clients, customers and local communities.
- Joining or starting a local action group to work collectively towards a better 2040
- Donating to, fundraising for or investing in regenerative solutions
- Volunteering or giving in-kind support to organisations working to scale solutions
- Conserving resources, consuming consciously and embracing circular economy principals
- Finding agency to inform, educate, advocate and influence
- Highlighting solutions and their knock-on benefits when talking about the climate crisis

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Key impact metrics we are tracking include the amount of funding raised to scale regenerative solution projects, number of trees planted and the amount of CO2 sequestered as a result of audiences engaging with the 2040 impact campaign.

Other audience engagement and impact indicators include:

- Schools – group cinema bookings, school screenings, lesson plan downloads, edu DVD sales
- Communities - screenings, diversity of hosts and settings, toolkit downloads, feedback survey, local action groups established
- Corporates – screenings, leadership engagement, increased commitments, sectorial shifts
- Investors – screenings, high-level engagement activities, increased investment in solutions, projects accelerated, funds divested by institutional investors.
- Government - council, parliamentary and departmental screenings, climate emergency declarations, shifting subsidy from fossil fuels to renewables, policy and regulatory changes.