San Francisco Green Film Festival

Can't wait for Opening Night at the Castro? Not to worry, we've got bonus Festival programming at special events across the city in the weeks to come! Join us at the Commonwealth Club for a discussion with filmmakers on this year's theme, at El Rio to meet the festival team and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes, or at the California Academy of Sciences for fun Nightlife events, or at the Exploratorium to watch teams of scientists and filmmakers (tasked with making a movie) meet for the very first time.

SF Green Film Festival

Green Film Fest at the Commonwealth Club. 8/27, 6pm

(Left to Right: Dirt Rich, The Human Element, Anote's Ark, Point of no Return)

This year’s Elemental theme sparks conversations around the four elements - earth, water, fire, and air - and how they create multifaceted perspectives on climate issues. We are in a moment of global environmental imbalance and instability. As we push on the elements, they push back harder at us, and we see that people are banding together with the knowledge that change isn’t just necessary - It’s Elemental.

Join us at the Commonwealth Club, August 27th @ 6:00 pm for a pre-festival panel discussion of this year's Elemental theme with Bay Area filmmakers from the 2018 official program.

Curious about the elemental? Explore the film themes page of our website for more info on the films that best highlight earth, water, fire, and air.

COAL + ICE: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. 8/30 6pm

An evening of after-hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.

The spotlight for this Nightlife is on climate change, featuring a lineup of fascinating talks in partnership with COAL + ICE, a documentary photography and video exhibition coming to Fort Mason.

Green Film Fest will be providing special programming for the evening - don't miss it!

Tickets & Information.


Green Film Fest is collaborating this year with COAL + ICE, a documentary photography 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.

Exclusive interview with COAL + ICE Festival Creative Director Tom Corwin, and David Breashears - filmmaker, adventurer, and feature photographer at the exhibition.

Green Film Fest at the Exploratorium: Reel Science Challenge. 8/25 11am

The Reel Science Challenge pairs filmmakers with climate scientists in creative teams tasked with making a movie. They then have a limited time to write, direct, and edit a movie that compellingly tells the story of climate change before presenting the films at Green Film Fest. The Matchmaker kick-off event is August 25 at Exploratorium, where teams will meet for the first time and scientists will present their research.


Filmmakers' sign up! You can commit as little as one afternoon. Some teams will shoot their movie the same afternoon as the kickoff meeting (Aug 25, 2018). Other teams will choose to spend more time. Filmmakers will probably spend some in post production after the shoot. The time they spend is up to them.

Come and watch the matchmaking happen!

Green Film Fest at El Rio. 8/23 6-8pm

Head to the back patio to pick up a program, grab a drink, and meet the team! Get a sneak peek of what happens behind the scenes at the Green Film Festival, and learn why you should support the Festival!

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Donations will be accepted on a sliding scale out on the back patio.

picture credit: Jamie Biondi

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