San Francisco Green Film Festival

This November marks a critical moment in time - a crossroads that is essential to the fate of our planet and all the people on it. We are in a severe moment of social, political, and environmental instability, and it is more crucial than ever to rise together for justice.

It's time to do more than discuss, but to rally, vote, and act. This is the goal of the Green Film Festival: to use the power and influence of film and educated environmental discourse to galvanize action within passionate communities.

Join us to donate, get involved, and learn the latest from the environmental front-lines.

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The world is reeling from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report by the United Nations, predicting much less time than we originally thought until irreversible climate disaster.

Meanwhile, Green Film Fest's Founder/CEO Rachel Caplan was in Seia, Portugal, representing GFF at the 1st International Forum of Environmental Film Festivals.

At the Forum, 38 environmental film festival directors from around the globe were able to debate climate issues, strengthen international ties, and discuss the importance of audiovisual platforms in sharing information on global social and sustainability changes.

The San Francisco Green Film Festival was able to share its mission of solutions-oriented programs, involving connecting audiences to immediate actionable items and non-profit impact partners. Click here to learn more about the Forum.

"What you are doing is incredibly important: to spark debate, promote events, and encourage people to act. To be close to people. There is nothing like the power of a film to tell a story that stays with us for life." - Erik Solkheim, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. View the video.


Are you ready for election day? It's essential that we use our collective power to vote for leaders and policies that take social and environmental justice, global sustainability, and the basic freedoms of people and the planet into account.

Together we can create positive and lasting environmental change by voting for reps and props that value climate justice.

Check out some of our favorite voter guides from Sierra Club, League of Pissed Off Voters, & SF Chronicle.



Climate justice and social justice have always been deeply linked, and we know that indigenous rights are essential to many environmental issues. This Thanksgiving, consider the ways in which you can show your support to indigenous communities around the globe that are fighting to defend the planet and their culture.

"Climate action is human rights, because climate change affects the most vulnerable first and hardest – it already has, with droughts, fires, floods, crop failures." - The Guardian: Don't despair, the climate fight is only over if you think it is


Attend the American Indian Film Festival. (Nov 7-11) Celebrate, support and experience work produced by native and non-native peoples while advocating for authentic representation of native people in the media.

Connect with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.

Explore our Archives:

PATRIMONIO. 2018 Audience Award Winner. A small community in Baja California battles an American mega-development that threatens their water, their beach, and their heritage.

WARRIOR WOMEN. The story of famed Indigenous activist Madonna Thunder Hawk and her daughter Marcella, who are undeterred by age or government apathy.

RISE: STANDING ROCK. 2017 Best Feature Award: An essential documentation of one of the most urgent environmental struggles happening today - to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Food is front of mind as we all come together with friends and family for Thanksgiving. How much food do we really waste? Where does food waste go if it isn't composted, and how much does that affect the environment? How sustainable is the Thanksgiving turkey tradition? Does everyone in your community have access to nutritious, affordable foods?

Whether it's your old family recipe for pumpkin pie or a new take on turkey and all the trimmings, one things for sure, sharing food and traditions is what makes this holiday special. Let's bring some of these important questions to the table.


WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE. A film to change the way we buy, cook, recycle, and eat food, by Anthony Bourdain.

JUST EAT IT. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.

More From the Archive: Films on Food & Sharing for Thanksgiving.



SFGFF co-presents Up Down and Sideways this November 4th at 3rd i: the 16th San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival, which brings some of the best cinema from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, and the USA.

Sunday, November 4 :: 2:45pm
New People Cinema, 1746 Post St.

For the complete festival program and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

Get a GFF discount! Use promotional code "cp_2018 when purchasing tickets and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket (until online sales end two hours before the screening. Online fees not discounted).


We raffled off Green Film Fest T-Shirts (donated by Sports Basement) and a whole 2019 Festival Pass at the Oct 25 Wilder Than Wild screening! Thanks to everyone who came out for food, drinks, raffles, and a discussion with co-director Stephen Most.

Stay tuned for more year-round events and opportunities to win festival prizes.

Everyone who completed the 2018 post-Festival survey was entered in a draw to win a 1-year Friends of the Festival membership. Congratulations to this year's winner from San Rafael! Thank you to everyone who gave us your feedback so that we can continue to grow and build the Festival each year.


  • Invitation for you and a guest to exclusive Member Events, including:
    • Members' Night Reception & Screening
    • Festival Program Announcement Party
    • Festival Filmmaker Brunch
  • Festival Program Guide mailed to you.
  • Discounts on all tickets and passes at the Festival and year-round events.
  • Ticket pre-sale for Festival Opening & Closing Nights.
  • Your name on the big screen at venues during Festival - including the Castro Theatre! - and on our website.

Become a Friend of the Festival now.

Photos by Tommy Lau & Pamela Gentile

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