San Francisco Green Film Festival

Dear Friend,

April is here - and with it comes Earth Day and a cornucopia of green events!

This month's screenings celebrate many true green superheroes: From conservationist Jane Goodall to activist Dolores Huerta, photographer James Balog to a new generation of young inventors, there are many incredible stories to dive into.

While we celebrate the feats of these remarkable individuals, we also know that the greatest actions for our planet can start small. If there is a theme for Earth month, then it's Do One Thing - the small actions and decisions that we make every day that add up and make a difference. We see this at the Green Film Fest each year where many people speak out, telling us how the films have moved them and inspired them to do something different.

How has a green film moved you? Are you making a pledge to the planet for Earth Day? We love hearing from you so please let us know what you plan to do and make your green pledge here.

I look forward to hearing of your plans and seeing you at our events this month!

Rachel Caplan
Founder & CEO

SF Green Film Festival


FREE EVENT - Join our special Earth Day screening of JANE - a film about Jane Goodall and her early years in Gombe.

Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00pm
Koret Auditorium at SF Public Library-Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.

JANE tells the true story of Jane Goodall as a young woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Brett Morgen using a trove of new footage unearthed from the National Geographic archives and set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of the trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.



There still time to enter your film to the Green Film Fest this September.

Regular: April 20, 2018
Late: April 30, 2018

Submit Your Film Now


Green Film Fest is pleased to co-present two new environmental documentaries as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 4-17.

The Human Element

Photographer James Balog (Chasing Ice) documents how the earth's four elements – water, air, fire, and earth – have all been impacted by a fifth element, homo sapiens, With breathtakingly rich and innovative photography, he illustrates issues ranging from rising sea levels to pollution's impact on asthma cases to focus us on a call for change.

Sunday, April 8, 3:30pm
SFMOMA, 151 3rd St.

Wednesday, April 11, 1:30pm
Roxie, 3117 16th St.

Info & Tickets

Inventing Tomorrow

Intel's ISEF Fair is the science fair that kids all over the world want to qualify for. Laura Nix's inspirational and wildly entertaining documentary profiles the young scientists behind four projects and their hopes to win the top prize in their field.

Sunday, April 15, 5:00pm
Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St.

Info & Tickets



Dolores free screening at Bayview Opera House

Dolores Huerta tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century-and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access this film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00pm
Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St.

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Earth Day SF celebration at Civic Center

Join this free and fun event at Civic Center Plaza in the heart of San Francisco to celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day and the 100 year anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. Enjoy informative speaker panels throughout the day, cutting edge green technology displays & demos, and people & organizations that are working to help sustain the planet.

Saturday, April 21 at Civic Center Plaza

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4 Wheel Bob broadcast premiere on PBS

This Green Film Fest 2017 audience favorite 4 Wheel Bob premieres in April on PBS and World Channel stations nationwide. Get on the trail with intrepid adventurer Bob Coomber, who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot peak of Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.

Check your local station or find airdates here.


If you love films and are passionate about the environment, this is your chance to make Green Film Fest 2018 the best yet. Our interns & volunteers are an integral part of the festival. We simply couldn't do it without you!

Want to work with our Community Partners, Youth Programs, or Marketing team? Check out the latest positions.

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