Press FAQ

What is San Francisco Green Film Festival?

The San Francisco Green Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to screening compelling environmental films; connecting you to filmmakers and experts; and sparking green ideas & actions. Our signature program is Green Film Fest and we also screen films and support filmmakers throughout the year.


What is Green Film Fest?

Green Film Fest is our annual signature program, bringing together international environmental films, filmmakers and audiences to venues across the San Francisco Bay Area.


What happened at the last Green Film Fest?

At Green Film Fest 2017, April 20 - 26, we screened 71 environmental films to 4,100 attendees. There were over 100 filmmakers and special guests joining us for a week of film screenings and workshops about the most pressing environmental challenges. Our Wrap Report provides more highlights and reactions.


What is the history of SFGFF?

The seed for SFGFF was planted when founder Rachel Caplan sat down to watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and experienced a film that was building a movement and inspiring people to take action on climate. In 2010 Rachel launched our signature program Green Film Fest. From the first program, we’ve worked with filmmakers, environmental experts and campaigners to curate film programs that bring us together to watch, discuss and spark ideas for a better world. Over 300 film programs later, we’ve honed the power of that “a-ha!” moment - we want to make the most of when the credits roll, the lights come up, and you feel moved and motivated for what comes next.


When is the next Green Film Fest?

Spring 2018


Where does Green Film Fest take place?

Venues across San Francisco Bay Area, including Castro Theater, Roxie Theater, Bayview Opera House, San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch, and David Brower Center.

Venue and transit information.


When do tickets for Green Film Fest go on sale?

Tickets go on sale a month before the festival starts.


How many films will be shown at Green Film Fest?

Over 70 films, including features and shorts from around the world. More details in spring 2018!


Is there a theme for Green Film Fest?

Every year we spotlight an environmental issue throughout the festival. More details for the next Green Film Fest in Spring 2018!


What are the Big Nights?

Details in Spring 2018! 


What is going on besides films screenings?

Wherever possible we pair film screenings with filmmaker discussions or a panel with environmental leaders. We’re always trying to  connect the issues in the film with what’s happening here in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the festival you’ll also find filmmaker workshops, happy hours and receptions at our FestHQ.   


Do you have press releases for Green Film Fest?

You can find all our press releases here.

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How do I get a press kit or tickets?

Contact our publicists Larsen Associates for all film information. Karen Larsen or Vince Johnson on 415.835.8775 or


What other programs does SFGFF support?

Community Screenings: We have a program of free screenings throughout the year at San Francisco Public Library, check our schedule for latest information.

Filmmaker Development Program: We support filmmakers to increase the impact of their stories, through our awards program including a juried cash prize for Best Bay Area Environmental Documentary. In Fall 2017, we’ll launch the Reel Science Challenge, which will filmmakers with environmental scientists to engage in collaborative workshops to produce a series of short films during an immersive filmmaking lab.

Green Connect: We use the power of film to inspire people to take action for environmental change. The program involves talks and sessions on the issues; directing people to our Lights! Camera! Take Action! resources and give people a chance to share their green pledge on video with Green Speak Out.

Youth Program: We give young people access to green films & filmmaking, with complimentary tickets to Green Film Fest. Our Youth Filmmaker Award and Workshops give them an opportunity to pick up a camera and share their environmental stories.


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