It's a Wrap! 2016 Green Film Fest Concludes On Inspiring Note To KEEP IT WILD

The 2016 Green Film Fest concluded April 20, after 7 days of films, panels and stimulating discussions about the world’s most pressing green issues.

Now in its 6th year, Green Film Fest brought together the most important and inspiring environmental films and filmmakers with Premieres of 70 internationally acclaimed films and over 90 filmmakers and guests. 

Audiences were part of lively discussions and workshops, leaving engaged with new ideas to take positive action. The Festival theme Keep It Wild inspired audiences to protect their bit of wild and prove the outdoors is for everyone.

After screenings at the Castro Theatre, Roxie Theater, YBCA, David Brower Center, UC Berkeley, 518 Valencia and the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, attendance grew 20% percent to its largest ever.
THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL decisively won the Audience Award. The Festival also handed awards to films and filmmakers throughout the festival:
Best Feature Award:
CATCHING THE SUN, Shalini Kantayya, USA
Best Short Award:
NATURE RX, Justin Bogardus, USA
Young Filmmaker Award:
Inspiring Lives Award:
Virginia McKenna, BORN FREE & Born Free Foundation, UK/USA
Green Tenacity Award:
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Additional Highlights from the 2016 Green Film Fest: 

  • Opening Night of Green Film Fest at Castro Theatre, Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox joined via Skype for his new film HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD (AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE). Deia Schlosberg, producer, and Leila Salazer-Lopez, Amazon Watch, were there in person. 
  • Star and activist Virginia McKenna was in appearance at the 50th Anniversary Screening of BORN FREE. Alongside Born Free Foundation’s President Will Travers, Virginia accepted the Inspiring Lives Award.
  • San Francisco filmmaker Mark Decena presented the World Premiere on Closing Night of the Festival. The film NOT WITHOUT US follows grassroots activists on their journey to the UN Climate Talks in Paris.
  • Director Denis Delestrac was at the World Premiere for his latest film FREIGTENED: THE REAL PRICE OF SHIPPING.
  • Bay Area filmmaker Vanesa Lemarie was in attendance with many of the characters from the film for the World Premiere of her directorial-debut AN ACQUIRED TASTE.
  • Green Film Fest extended its reach in Berkeley this year with a free screening for students of DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA and discussion with director Jon Bowermaster, alongside campaigners from Food & Water Watch & the Center for Biological Diversity. 
  • The Festival produced its first virtual reality workshop, WILD VR with an interactive experience and discussion with Jason Reidhardt, Condition One, and Ewan Johnson, River Studios.


Green Film Fest is proud and honored to have exceptional support in 2016 from Grand Sponsors Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo. The Festival welcomes the Orchard Hotel as the Official Festival Hotel. Additional support includes The Campbell Foundation and San Francisco Arts Commission.



L to R: Rachel Caplan, founder & CEO, welcomes everyone to 2016 Green Film Fest; Josh Fox, director of How to Let Go, joins us via Skype, with Deia Schlosberg, producer, and Leila Salazer-Lopez, Amazon Watch, in person. (photos by Tommy Lau).


L to R: Will Travers, Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna, star of Born Free, and Rachel Caplan at the 50th Anniversary Screening of Born Free; Mark Decena, director of Not Without Us, accepts the 2016 Green Tenacity Award. (photos by Pamela Gentile).


Check out more photos from Opening Night; Festival Weekend; and Closing Night.