San Francisco Green Film Festival

It's a Wrap! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 Green Film Festival.

This year's festival ended with the hope-inspiring sneak-peek screening of The Condor and The Eagle, September 13, after a week of over 60 new environmental films from around the globe, and 100 filmmakers and guest speakers, with expert panels and incredible audience discussions.

We had films from 20 countries, and visiting guests from 10 countries including China, South Africa, Australia, and Switzerland. We had a blast at this year's Festival, thank you for joining us!

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SF Green Film Festival

Green Film Fest Wraps Up

8th Annual Environmental Film Festival

  • Green Film Fest 2018 formed exciting new collaborations with the Global Climate Action Summit, COAL + ICE, Exploratorium, and YBCA, bringing hundreds of more voices into the discussion, and reaching thousands of more ears.
  • Awards announced at Closing Night with Wilder Than Wild: Fire Forests and the Future winning the Green Fire Award; Patrimonio receiving the Green Film Fest Audience Award; and Food Coop winning the SF Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature Documentary.
  • 69% of feature films had a female director, establishing a powerful precedent for equitable representation in the industry.

// Photo Descriptions: Steiger Butte Singers and Drummers of the Klamath Tribe with screening of Symphony for Nature. Green Fire Award Winning Film Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future (Filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most, and film subjects). Non-Stop Bhangra Dancers performance with screening of The Harvest. Q&A with Becky Tsadik, Master of Gastronomy, Good Food Foundation, and Randy Wittorp, SFGFF Board & Director of Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente at screening of Wasted! A Food Waste Story.Closing Night: The Condor and the Eagle Q&A with Filmmakers Sophie and Clément Guerra, and film subjects/activists. Gaetano Capizzi, President of the Green Film Network, presenting GFN award for Best Feature to Christian Frei, director of Genesis 2.0. Q&A with Soumyaa Kapil Behrens, director of Nail House. Warrior Women director Christina King and Elizabeth Castle, and film subjects/American Indian Movement activists Madonna Thunder Hawk and Marcella Gilbert. Photo credit Tommy Lau & Pamela Gentile. //

Awards Announced at Festival Closing Night

The Green Fire Award is a juried annual award for Best San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Feature and includes a $1,000 cash prize. The award recognizes the best of independent filmmaking in the SF Bay Area by honoring innovative storytelling and new perspectives on environmental topics.

Green Fire: Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future, Stephen Most & Kevin White, USA

“Filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most did a splendid job taking a complex, and often emotional, topic like wildfire and translating it into an informative and inspirational film... The more people that see this excellent documentary, the sooner we can begin to have the hard, but necessary, conversations about how to accommodate fire in our lives rather than futilely wishing it to go away. The jury hopes that this award will help Wilder Than Wild gain the visibility and attention it richly deserves.” ~ Green Fire jury

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San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best First Feature Documentary: Food Coop, Tom Boothe, France

For the first time, the SF Film Critics Circle – a group of Greater Bay Area reviewers and film writers – presented an award at the festival. The committee bestowed the honor on the work of a first-time documentary feature filmmaker.

Other Green Film Fest Awards

Audience Award (voted at screenings): Patrimonio, Lisa F. Jackson & Sarah Teale, USA

Best Feature: Anote’s Ark, Matthieu Rytz, Canada

Best Short: Invisible Blanket, Pasha Reshikov, USA

Green Tenacity: STROOP: Journey Into the Rhino Horn War, Susan Scott, South Africa

Inspiring Lives: Food Coop, Tom Boothe, France

Young Filmmaker: Youth Unstoppable: Rise of the Global Climate Youth Movement, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Canada

Green Film Network Awards

We were very pleased to be the first USA host of the Annual International Green Film Network Awards. GFN is an association of the world's leading environmental film festivals to support the diversity and strength of documentary work around the globe, and is partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The award winners are nominated by the 39 worldwide member festivals and decided by a global jury. Gaetano Capizzi, President of the Green Film Network, presented the awards.

GFN Best Feature: Genesis 2.0, Christian Frei and Max Arbugaev, Switzerland

GFN Best Short: Water Warriors, Michael Premo, USA/Canada

Green Film Fest Highlights

Diversity in the Festival Foundations

International studies show that the women's roles are essential to climate action. Green Film Fest has always striven for gender parity both on-screen and behind the camera, because empowered women are critical for the global economy and the environment. The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film recently found that when it comes to programming films by women, the top 23 film festivals average just over 32 percent. Meanwhile, Green Film Fest 2018 featured 58% of all films with female directors, and 69% of all feature films.Green Film Fest features expansive diversity in not only gender, but also age, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality.

Indigenous Emergence & Environmental Justice

Some of the environment’s strongest and most tenacious advocates are indigenous peoples around the globe. Indigenous leadership and climate justice spanned throughout Green Film Fest 2018, with guests including Madonna Thunder Hawk, leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), the Steiger Butte singers and drummers of the Klamath Tribe, and dozens of indigenous activists from The Condor and the Eagle.

New International Collaborations

Green Film Fest was an official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing leaders from around the world to San Francisco in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. This partnership aligned with collaborations at environmental art exhibitions Bay Area Now 8 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; COAL + ICE at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture; and the Reel Science Challenge at Exploratorium, bringing filmmakers and scientists together to create vital climate stories. Green Film Fest was also sponsored this year in part by the Consulate General of Canada in SF, and the Consulate General of Switzerland, and French Embassy in the USA. International partnerships include the Green Film Network, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative.

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Sponsors & Partners

Green Film Fest 2018 is grateful to have exceptional support from Kaiser Permanente and The Campbell Foundation, and the generous support from all of its sponsors and partners.

Our 40+ non-profit, environmental, arts, and film Community Partners include Amazon Watch, Greenpeace USA, and Women's Environmental Network.

Lights! Camera! Take Action! Green Film Fest connects passionate audiences with immediate actionable approaches to getting involved in the issues. Audiences engage in environmental discussions with guests that are leaders in the field, make Green Pledges, and connect with impact partners whose objectives align with the stories in the films.

Our Sponsors & Partners are core to our eco-savvy community and we all have a strong appetite to discover new environmental films, ideas, and lifestyles.

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Thank you Green Film Fest 2018 Sponsors & Partners!



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Consulate Genera of CanadaSwiss TouchSwitzerland


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French Embassy USFirst Republic BankHonda OaklandNew Resource BankRainbow GroceryThinkShift Communications



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18 Reasons · 350 SF · Amazon Watch · Artists United · Bay Area Air Quality Management District · Berkeley Film Foundation · Berlin & Beyond · Blue Drinks Bay Area · Blue Frontier Campaign · California Farmers' Market Association - Fort Mason Farmers' Market · California Film Institute · Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) · Center for Biological Diversity · Center for Environmental Health · La Cocina · Consulate General of Mexico in SF · CUESA · Eat Real Festival · Food Commons Fresno · Friends of the Urban Forest · Good Food Foundation · Greenpeace USA · Idle No More SF Bay · International Ocean Film Festival · Kiss the Ground · SF Marin Food Bank · SF Urban Film Fest · Shark Stewards · Slow Food SF · Soil Not Oil Coalition · The Story of Stuff Project · Sunflower Alliance · Tuolomne River Trust · WildAct · Women's Earth Alliance · Women's Environmental Network


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Thank You 2018 Friends of the Festival!

Friends of the Festival are individuals who support our annual Festival and year-round programs. Join as a Member today.

Kevin Krueger* & Mark Hunter
Next World Capital

Don Chan
Carlos Garcia & Lea Ross
Heather Jackson*
Jason Kaminsky* & Heather Louie*
Ivan Samuels & Maribel Guevara*
Jeffrey Schindler* & Mark Friedlander
Randy Wittorp* & Ted Mazonne

Jonathan Axelrad
Stephen Carrier
Ambika Jain*
Mindy & Tom Madson
Tina & Mark Valentine

Katherine Albrecht · Sarah Bellrichard & Liz Kiefling · Matthew Blackwell & Alice Towey · Lucy Blake and Steven Nightingale · Gemma & Tim Bradshaw · Jun Chen & Jeffery Chen · Nancy Chetaitis · Andrea Clatterbuck · Helen Cooluris · Marcy Cravat · Cara Dakin · Nicky Davies · Lesley Ewing · Dan Goldes · James Hagler & Kristen Rasmussen · Mischa Hedges · The J'Childs Family · Merrill & Steven Kaminsky · Liz Keim · Cindy Lang · Richard Lee · Lauren & Josh Lippman · Aaron Louie · Dianne Louie · Patty McManus · Carolyn McMaster · Cella Mitchell · Theresa & Pete Mungall · Monica Munoz-Torres · Lisa & JC O'Donnell · Mary O'Malley · Imran Pirani & Krystal Fernandes · Danny Scher · Peter Schmale · Fred Schneider & Janet Alberti · Ruth Sheldon · Gail Silva · Anne Stone · Janet Tom · Karen Topakian · Kevin White · Lisa Winch

Anonymous · Lisa Ahrons · Sarah Aird · Linda Blackaby · Alexandra Bogdan · David Brown · Susan Cann · Niels Carlsen · Skye Christensen · Sandra Curtis · Mary Doan · Steve Dunksy · Jacquelyn Fernandez · Giem Guimaraes · Suzanne Harle · Forrest Hartman · Karin Hazelkorn · Francoise Herrmann · Kayvan Iradjpanah · Judy Irving · Mukesh Jain · Krist Jake · Jeanne Kearns · Sherie Koshover · Ruth Landy · Terese Lawler · Angela Lazarich · Suzanna Lewis · Jo Ann McManus · Tom McMurray · Dean Mermell · Ania Moniuszko · Stephen Most · Maria & James Neu · Heather Newbold · Margaret Nicholson · Shri Prakash (Nakikei) · erytryrtberyb rtrtyue · Lucretia Sarita Russo · Julie Schaer · Belle Stafford · Kirsten Stewart · Sally Swope · Sara Syer · Graciela Trevisan · The Video Project · Carole Wells-Desin · Gary Wendt Bogear · Patricia West · Deborah Wood · Janice Wood · Kathy Zetes

* denotes Board of Directors member

Linda Blackaby ·
Gaetano Capizzi · Sarah Cathers · Brian Collette · Tom Corwin · Ryan Delgado · Lisa Elliot · Dan Goldes · Bernardo Josue · Liz Keim · Jonathan Landreth · Kathleen McGuire · Kontent Films · Carolyn McMaster · Chris Mungall · Heidi Q · Marlene Saritzky · Sam Sharkey · Roger Sorkin · Leah Thompson · Karen Topakian · Kelley Trahan · TrimTab Media

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