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.
We'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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
By 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.
Sushi: 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.
On 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.
Do 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.
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.
Thank 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.