2018 Collaborations

In this global moment of flux, there has never been a more urgent moment to come together and share stories and ideas for action. This year, GFF has formed brand new collaborations with events like the Global Climate Action Summit, COAL + ICE, Exploratorium, and YBCA.


Global Climate Action Summit & Green Film Fest 

San Francisco Green Film Festival 2018 is an official Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit (Sept 12-14), convening global leaders and international delegates in San Francisco in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Summit will include climate action panels, workshops, tours, exhibits and other special eco events. Green Film Fest will present environmental film programs throughout the Summit, reaching the eyes and ears of people and legislators with the influence to enact global change, spur new environmental commitments, and galvanize action.


COAL + ICE & Green Film Fest

[David Breashears, Mount Everest, 2007. Courtesy of GlacierWorks.]

Green Film Fest is collaborating this year with COAL + ICE, a documentary photography and video exhibition and festival focusing on climate change and fossil fuels. The work of over 40 photographers from around the world will be featured alongside a myriad of artistic and cultural events, with environmental films programmed by Green Film Fest at the Cowell Theater, Sept 7-9. Presented by Asia Society, COAL + ICE brings to life the climate connection between the U.S. and China and explores how we are all in this together—both in creating the problem and figuring out solutions. COAL + ICE calls attention to the perils of inaction and seeks to spark a vision of the way forward.



Exploratorium & Green Film Fest 

[NASA Goddard]

Join us for the Reel Science Challenge, pairing filmmakers with climate scientists to task them with making a movie. Their challenge: Create art from climate science. The creative teams then have a limited time to write, direct, and edit a movie that compellingly tells the story of climate change, before presenting these films at Green Film Fest. Witness the creative chemistry at the Matchmaker Kickoff on Aug 25, where researchers will present their research to teams and audience. Then join us to see the final movies on Sept 12!

Interested in participating? Sign-up here

and join us at these free events:

Matchmaker Kickoff: Kanbar Forum @Exploratorium · Sat, Aug 25, 11:00am

Film screenings: Koret Auditorium @SF Public Library · Wed, Sept 12, 6:00pm


Reel Science Challenge supported in part by an award from:


Program Partner:



Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Green Film Fest 


This year, Green Film Fest is partnering with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to feature compelling environmental films during the Global Climate Action Summit. This includes special programs on Sept 13 as part of Bay Area Now 8, the signature triennial exhibition presented by YBCA showcasing the work of diverse and innovative local artists. For the first time, the exhibition includes the works of Bay Area architects and designers working at the leading edge of environmental design, sustainable collaboration, data visualization, and information dissemination.

BAN8 will be on view September 7, 2018–March 24, 2019.




Green Film Network & Green Film Fest

The Green Film Network is a global association of 40 leading environmental film festivals that supports the diversity and strength of documentary work around the world, in partnership with the United Nations Environment program. This year, San Francisco Green Film Festival hosts the Green Film Network Awards, the annual international awards for best environmental documentaries of the year. This is the first time that the awards have been hosted in the USA. Nominated by the 40-member festivals and selected by an international jury, the awards include special presentations & screenings at the festival.

See the 2018 Green Film Network Award winners on big screen!

Green Film Network Feature Award   GENESIS 2.0, Christian Frei

Green Film Network Short Award       WATER WARRIORS, Michael Premo