Bigger Picture: How Mississippi activists inspired a SF audience

I’d like to share with you one of my favorite green moments of 2014 and ask you to be a part of making many more special moments in 2015.

At this year’s Festival, a man got up on stage and brought the house down. Those in the crowd who weren’t crying, were cheering so loudly in standing ovation that the panel discussion took some time to begin.

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Meet the Team: Jeanette

The San Francisco Green Film Festival is entirely run by volunteers. They work tirelessly and year round to produce a week long festival that combines a passion towards the environment along with one for film in order to educate and inspire.


Here is a behind the scenes look at the various types of volunteers we have working here and what drew them to joining the festival team. Coming from unique backgrounds and different personal interests they are all brought together with one simple commonality: spreading environmental awareness. 

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November: News, Screenings & Events

Audience_2_copy.jpgWe're always excited at this time of year as we launch our Call for Entries for next year's films. Our hunt for the most compelling, new environmental films is beginning and we can't wait to see what we find. You can submit films online or share with a friend through FilmFreeway.

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Happy 'Sharkoween'!

Scary movies come in many shapes and sizes, some of the most famous are shark-shaped. Last night we proved that not all shark films have to be horrors with a special screening of Shark Girl.

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Join us for 'Shark Girl' this Halloween

This Halloween, join us for awe-inspiring new film Shark Girl & a celebration of our huge-jawed ocean friends. Mix & mingle, chat to shark experts, wear an ocean creature costume & enjoy a movie with us.

We’ve teamed up with non-profit Shark Stewards to bring you a spooktacular "Sharkoween". The culmination of Sharktober - an annual celebration of Great White Sharks migrating to the Bay Area.  

There's no doubt that sharks have a bad reputation. But these beautiful creatures need our protection.

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Special screenings to honor Rose Johnson

Join us for three upcoming Bay Area screenings of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle of Turkey Creek, winner of the Green Tenacity Award at the 2014 SF Green Film Festival.

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'Pelican Dreams' hits theaters this October

Green Film Fest audiences will remember the wonderful sneak preview of Pelican Dreams as a work-in-progress screening in 2012. We're thrilled that the film is now complete and hits the big screen this month at a cinema near you!

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It's Sharktober: 5 Films to sink your teeth into

Jaws'Sharkoween' is approaching fast, with our screening of new doc Shark Girl on October 30. Can't wait until then? We've compiled a list of shark-themed films that we hope you can really sink your teeth into:

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Films to Celebrate California’s Historic Plastic Bag Ban

Bag It!This week, Governor Brown signed historic legislation that will ban the use of single-use plastic bags in California, the first state in the USA to do so. Why is this important? Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is "away"? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life, and human health?

To find out more, check out these illuminating films from our Festival archive:


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Green Arts at the Festival

San Francisco Green Film Festival brings together green artists from across the Bay Area, including musicians, sculptors, designers, photographers and filmmakers who are inspired by the environment.

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Bigger Picture: Bag It!

Bag_It!_(1).jpgBy making Bag It (Suzan Beraza, 2010) the star of the Opening Night of the 2011 SFGFF, audiences were inspired to draw the connection between their day-to-day activities – using single use plastic bags – and the depletion of marine life in our oceans.

The award-winning documentary Bag It starts with exploring the challenge to spend a day without using a plastic bag. This light-hearted tale soon begins to unravel the complexities of the plastic bag industry, the impact that plastic production and the disposal of it has on our oceans, and how it affects human health.

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Bigger Picture: Sushi - The Global Catch

Sushi_The_Global_Catch.jpgSushi: The Global Catch (Mark Hall, 2011) blew audiences away at SFGFF 2012 with this revealing documentary on the environmental cost of sushi. Pairing the film screening with a lively panel debate and a take-home action step guide, the Festival actively engaged the audience to think differently about this specialty food.

It’s hard to imagine now, but sushi was once a simple food sold only by Japanese street vendors. The film documents the international explosion of sushi consumption over the past 30 years and reveals the problematic future of this popular cuisine.

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Bigger Picture: Pipe Dreams

tar_sands_josh_lopez.jpgOn November 16, 2011, SFGFF hosted the SF premiere of Leslie Iwerks’ Pipe Dreams and distributed our pilot “Lights! Camera! Take Action!” handouts. The film explores the largest environmental battle in the US today – the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Fall 2014 Internships & Volunteer Positions Now Open

Festival volunteersDo you have the creative powers and attention to detail to turn a Halloween event into a fun and meaningful environmental film screening for our audience? Are you interested in connecting with the leading environmental companies in the Bay Area? Yes? Then apply for one of our Fall internships. The Festival simply wouldn't happen if it wasn't for the dedication of our volunteer team.


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March with us on September 21!


Help us make history on September 21. In a few weeks time, the People's Climate March - the largest climate march in history - will take place in New York City. We invite you to show your support and join us here, at the NorCal People's Climate Rally happening in Oakland on the same day.

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2015 Ninth Street Filmmaker Residencies announced

Ninth Street IFCThank you to all who applied for to the Ninth Street Independent Film Center's Media Arts Incubator Program, a 12-month filmmaker residency funded by the San Francisco Film Commission. We are particularly thrilled to welcome Bay Area filmmakers Sasha Friedlander and Cynthia Wade on to the program and look forward to supporting their film Mudflow in the coming year. 

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Aug 27 Free Screening: MONDO BANANA

Mondo BananaJoin us for a FREE screening of Mondo Banana, an audience favorite from this year's festival, and journey to the world of bananas!


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UC Berkeley SERC Go Bananas!

As part of our youth program, we hand-over a slot in our annual Festival program to a team of students from UC Berkeley Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) to design and produce in their vision.

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Future Filmmakers Going Green 2014

We want young people to see their films on the big screen! 

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