What People Are Saying


lights_camera_take_action!.jpg“My name is David Ainley and I just saw the film DamNation at the San Francisco Green Film Festival and it was really inspirational. I’ll continue on in my quest.”  ~ Dr. David Ainley at the screening of DamNation.

“Hey, I’m Crystal Sanders with Fish Revolution and we’re here at the San Francisco Green Film Fest talking about sustainable seafood and how your personal choices can affect ocean health and by spending your money wisely you can keep our oceans safe and fish well into the future”.  ~ Crystal Sanders at the screening of The Last Ocean.

“I love San Francisco Green Film Festival because it connected me to a community that’s fighting for food justice”  ~ @carambola_kisses at the screening of Lunch Love Community.

You can find more audience reactions on the Video Story Booth.


SandyMcLeodSeedsofTime.jpg“I had a blast at the SF Green Film Festival and was absolutely thrilled with how well the screening of Mondo Banana went at the Roxie!! The event far surpassed my expectations and everyone who worked for the festival was so awesome and helpful! The film’s participation in SFGFF has led to more screenings and interest from other festivals.” ~ Ryan White, Mondo Banana

 “I had a very positive experience. You all were able to get a good crowd and SF is the kind of town that responds to a film like this in a more sophisticated way than most, which was rewarding to see.” ~ Sandy McLeod, Seeds of Time

It offered us a unique forum to gauge audience response to the footage we have thus far and attain viewer perspectives on the most engaging ways to proceed. In addition, it provided both the filmmakers and some of the main characters with a chance to educate the public about the critical issues involved in the project.” ~ Michelle Steinberg, Beyond Recognition (work-in-progress)

photo of Sandy McLeod: Tommy Lau


2012-SFGFF-96Hours-Cover.jpg“Part celebration, part inspiration and part education, the festival aims to energize audiences through the good works that so many people are doing to preserve the beauty and health of our planet. That’s not to say that the festival traffics in escapism and denies reality, only that it seeks out films that empower audiences — rather than bum them out — while conveying the state of things.” ~ KQED Arts

"Activism is rooted in community. For the fourth year, the Green Film Festival is engaging with the community through discussion and film. The community support in San Francisco is heartening. From the filled theaters to the community organizations who’ve partnered with this event: Earthjustice, American Rivers, Save the Bay, Restore the Delta and many others.” ~ SF Bay Guardian

All of our recent press coverage and press releases.


"One of our green team’s primary goals is to get everyone on campus talking about why sustainability is such an exciting opportunity – both for individual associates and for Walmart as a whole. To do that, we couldn’t think of a better way than working with the SFGFF to show films that truly have an impact, helping audiences feel connected to environmental issues and inspiring them to get engaged. More generally, we think bringing festivals like the SFGFF to corporate campuses is a great opportunity to get inspiring films in front of a broader audience, start conversations, and get ideas flowing on ways to integrate sustainability into everyone’s professional lives." ~ Anna Smalley, Walmart eCommerce Green Team, Screening Host Partner

"For an inaugural launch, what an awe-inspiring line-up of 90 premieres from around the world! We were pleased to join the filmmakers of Butterflies and Bulldozers to discuss saving the Bay and San Bruno Mountain." ~ Mona Koh, East Bay Regional Park District, Founding Sponsor

 Photo: SPUR Urbanist


Our Festival Survey captures more views from movie-goers. 80% of respondents said the Festival had inspired them to take action. Here are some of the reasons why…

"It has solidified my mission in life and educated my family as well."

"This was my first Green Film Festival and I loved it!  The caliber of the films was excellent, and provided new great learnings and insights. Thank you!"

"I liked the exposure to films that would not be shown in traditional veins of media."

"The energetic Q&A following BANANAS!* was a unique experience to supplement the film screening; it provided learning and critical thought that I couldn’t get anywhere else. The festival did a great job of covering the green topics I was aware of as well as introducing me to new ideas and issues."

"SF Green Film Fest was a huge success!! Fueled with knowledge and desire to pay attention, take action, read labels, and live greener."

"The variety of environmental films and their almost uniformly positive tone was unique."

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