Dear Friend of the Fest,
Like you, I can't quite believe that it's May already and that the year is rapidly rolling on towards Green Film Fest, September 6-13. It's a hive of activity now at FestHQ with the team working hard to bring you the most compelling new stories and ideas from around the world.
In this busy time, we took a moment yesterday to celebrate International Workers' Day (May 1) and put together this list of films to celebrate labor activists everywhere. We hope you enjoy exploring these powerful stories. They are inspiring us for the weeks ahead.
But you don't need to wait until September to join us for new environmental films. There are many to enjoy this month at DocLands and CAAMfest, as well as our special screening of Chris Jordan's profoundly moving ALBATROSS. See all the details below.
We'll be making early Festival Program announcements in June - so stay tuned!
Founder & CEO
SF Green Film Festival
GREEN FILM FEST PRESENTS: ALBATROSS, JUNE 6
FREE EVENT - Join us in honor of World Oceans Day for a screening of ALBATROSS, a free public artwork by Chris Jordan depicting the plight of these birds living on Midway Island, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean.
Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00pm
Koret Auditorium at SF Public Library-Main Branch, 100 Larkin St.
“A love story for our time from the heart of the Pacific.”
SF Green Film Festival is pleased to present this special World Oceans Day screening of Chris Jordan's ALBATROSS - an intimate portrait of these magnificent seabirds on Midway island in the North Pacific Ocean. ALBATROSS explores the beauty and tragedy in the cycles of birth, life, and death of creatures that live in the middle of the ocean on Midway Island, thousands of miles away from the nearest continent.
ALBATROSS will spread to the world through hosted screenings, word of mouth, and social media. Follow our Instagram @greenfilmfest and help spread the message!
This event is sponsored by the Green Stacks program of SF Public Library.
GREEN FILM FEST CO-PRESENTS AT DocLands, MAY 3-6 2018
Based in Marin County, DocLands is a film festival of "compelling stories and the provocative insights behind them," and has organizational goals of gender equality and zero waste.
A RIVER'S LAST CHANCE, MAY 4
"A story of salmon, timber, weed and wine along California's Eel river."
Friday, May 4 at 9:00 pm
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael
One of the most diverse rivers in the United States, the Eel, ran dry in 2014—for the first time in history. Once victimized by logging, damming, and drought, the Eel faced new challenges in the new century from some of California’s favorite commodities: wine and weed. This urgent and compelling documentary makes a renewed case for regulation and collaboration in protecting this vital resource.
Get tickets here!
DUGOUT, MAY 6
Sunday, May 6 at 1:45pm
Cinearts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley
The vibrant green Ecuadorian Amazon, bursting with life, is the star of this eco-adventure. With generous help of a local Huaorani family, two young British men set out to make a traditional dugout canoe and row it down a river. It’s an arduous journey, but this duo is all charm as they encounter the taste of howler monkey, overcome G.I. woes, and evade unfriendly darts.
Find out more here.
GREEN FILM FEST CO-PRESENTS AT CAAMFEST
CULTURE, IN EVERY SENSE
Green Film Fest is very pleased to co-present A TIME TO SWIM at #CAAMfest36, a 14-day celebration of film, music, and food running May 10-24.
A TIME TO SWIM, MAY 12
Saturday, May 12 at 12 pm
New People Cinema
Mutang Urud straddles two disparate worlds — living as a stay at home dad in Montreal and as an activist for indigenous rights in Borneo. A TIME TO SWIM explores how destruction of place affects the fabric of a community through Mutang’s search for belonging, where the very notions of home and heritage are slipping away.
Tickets and info here.
(2017 Competition winners: Fantastic Three; Our Ocean is Blue; The Plastic Bottle Controversy-Explained)
YOUNG FILMMAKER COMPETITION: entries accepted until MAY 31st
Enter the Young Filmmaker Competition to win cash prizes and a special screening of your film at Green Film Fest in September 2018. The best overall film will win the SFGFF Young Filmmaker Award! From recycling to taking transit to growing a garden, show us how you're making a difference.
The contest is open to young filmmakers age 18 and under. It is free to enter and there are no restrictions on style or genre or how many entries you may submit. You can be living anywhere in the world to enter the competition.
Check out the 2017 Award-winning films!
Our Young Filmmaker Award went to Jeffrey Chen last year for his film THE PLASTIC BOTTLE CONTROVERSY.
Enter the contest here!
(Mother's Cry by Lisa Russell; Home Flavored by Monica Mendoza)
WATCH AGAIN: THE 2017 FESTIVAL SHORTS SHOWCASE
Visit our Youtube Channel for the 2017 Green Film Festival Shorts Showcase! Watch some of the most impactful, inspirational, and intersectional short films from the 2017 Festival.
MOTHER'S CRY is a poetic call to combat climate change by Savon Bartley, internationally renowned youth spoken word poet. In HOME FLAVORED, Youth Speaks poet Monica Mendoza tells the haunting story of how corporations continue to colonize the bodies of her culture.
NEW REDFORD CENTER GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW!
Are you an environmental filmmaker looking to make an impact? Redford Center Grants provides early-stage funding to independent media makers telling hopeful stories that drive awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics.
Check out The Redford Center's Bay Area Street Interviews: Four-Part Mini-Series of short street-interviews promoting the new grants program.
JOIN OUR TEAM: SPRING/SUMMER INTERNSHIPS NOW OPEN!
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.