2014/15 Filmmaker Residency - Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for our annual Media Arts Incubator Program, to support the work of local filmmakers and nurture groundbreaking independent media projects. Filmmakers with projects that align with the San Francisco Green Film Festival's mission are encouraged to apply. 

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2014 Filmmaker Awards

Each year we honor a number of our films and filmmakers with a SFGFF Award. Winners will be announced throughout the Festival. Be sure to vote at the film screenings and help us decide who will win the Audience Award.

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Watch Again: Films from the 2014 Festival

Where to see or buy films from the 2014 Festival:

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Underwater at SFGFF's Opening Night Party & Premiere

Last night we celebrated the launch of the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival with a spectacular underwater theme at Aquarium of the Bay. Our wonderful community of eco-savy, film-lovers came together to meet filmmakers, guests and aquatic life before a rousing film screening and premiere of DamNation.

DamNation charts the shift in US opinion from pride in big dams as feats of engineering, to a growing awareness that we can bring back the life and health of our rivers. Winner of the San Francisco Green Film Festival's Best Feature Award, this film has been made with guts, ambition and style. 

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2014 Films & Schedule

2014 SFGFF Mini PosterWe're excited to be at the historic Roxie Theater this year in the vibrant Mission neighborhood, for a week long voyage into the latest compelling films about people and the planet. The 2014 program is our most far-reaching yet, presenting 60 films from 21 countries to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.

 

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Spotlight on Opening Night: A day in the life of an otter keeper

Otter AquariumWe are excited to launch the festival at the Aquarium of the Bay on May 29, with a Reception and Premiere of DamNation. We took this opportunity to ask one of the otter handlers to take us behind the scenes to find out more about these adorable creatures.

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Female directors rule at SFGFF 2014

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More than half the feature films at this month's San Francisco Green Film Festival are directed by women. Why is this important? Because in an environment where the number of female filmmakers is minuscule - especially in documentary film - it's vital that we support the work of women. 

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Helen De Michiel, 'Lunch Love Community'

Helen's Theme WallFilmmakers certainly need all kinds of equipment to make their films happen. In our Behind the Scenes series about local filmmakers we have seen everything from a red hat to vintage cameras, listed as their favorite piece of film equipment. Helen De Michiel, director of Lunch Love Community - an engaging documentary following a diverse group of pioneering Berkeley parents and activists that came together to tackle food reform -  gives us yet another insight into the creative process.

 

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Seven reasons we love the Roxie Theater

It's brash, it's brave and more than a little bit crazy but the Roxie Theater has been a part of the city for a century. The San Francisco Green Film Festival is taking over from May 30 to June 4, and this is why we love the Roxie.

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2014 Festival Filmmakers and Guest Speakers

Guests expected at the 2014 Festival. Attendance is never guaranteed. Please check back for further additions. 

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2014 Opening Night: DamNation

 

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Panels, Workshops, and More...

Enjoy a great line-up of panel discussions at the 2014 SF Green Film Festival:

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Matt Stoecker, 'DamNation'

When we heard that the team behind our Opening Night Premiere, DamNation, included local underwater photographer Matt Stoecker, we had to include him in our 'behind the scenes with local filmmakers' series. In these photos you see Matt with with wetsuit and underwater housing, just after diving and filming for DamNation below the former Elwha Dam on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. You can meet Matt along with DamNation filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel at our Opening Night screening of DamNation, May 29 at the Aquarium of the Bay. Matt Stoecker, producer/underwater photographer, 'DamNation'Producer and underwater photographer Matt Stoecker emerges from the icy tail waters below the former Elwha Dam in a scene from DamNation. Photo: Ben Knight.

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Ryan White, 'Mondo Banana'

Ryan White with KeystoneContinuing our series of conversations with local filmmakers, this week we talk to Ryan White, director / producer of Mondo Banana about his passion for vintage cameras. 

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Earth Day Free Screening + Discussion: WATERSHED

WatershedThis Earth Day, join SF Green Film Festival and SF Public Library for a special screening of WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West. 

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Marcy Cravat, 'Angel Azul'

Angel Azul AmyWe're excited to have many local filmmakers in this year's Festival and wanted to get a glimpse of behind the scenes filming from our directors.

In the first of this series, we caught up with local filmmaker Marcy Cravat, whose beautiful film Angel Azul will have its San Francisco Premiere at the 4th SF Green Film Festival. We asked Marcy for a photo of her favorite camera or film equipment and received a surprising answer. For a start she names her cameras, and her most valuable piece of equipment is her sound guy! Here she tells us more:

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Behind the scenes with festival filmmakers: Mark Decena and Kevin White

Here, in the latest in our series of posts that go behind the scenes with the Festival's film directors, we meet two filmmakers with a passion for the great outdoors. We had a simple question, can you send us a photo of yourself with your favorite piece of film kit. Of course, we received some stunning photos in return and some surprising answers. At this year's Festival we're thrilled to be screening shorts from both of these local filmmakers, Mark Decena and Kevin White

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Save the Date for the 2014 Festival: May 29-June 4

It's the Green Film Festival's 4th year, but our first outing at the historic Roxie Theater! Join us to celebrate with a week-long festival of films, live events, filmmakers and special guests. From slow foodies to surfer activists, green designers to garbage artists, health heroes to product pioneers, it's not just movies: it's a movement. Discover 50 new films from around the globe and hear stories from people facing the world's most urgent environmental issues and creating the most innovative solutions.

The full line-up will be announced in late April. To get the latest updates, sign up for our email newsletter.

2014 Save the Date!

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Announcing the €5,000 Green Film Network Award

This month launches the first annual Green Film Network Award as the transnational award for best environmental documentary of the year. 

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2014 Student Video Contest - now accepting entries

Once again, SFGFF is a proud partner of Breathe California's Clear the Air Film Fest. Student entries are being accepted until February 14. Winning films will be eligible to win up to $1,000 and will be shown in our Future Filmmakers program at the Roxie on May 31. The Clear the Air Film Fest showcases short films that address air quality, the environment or tobacco use. High school students, college students, or youth-focused community organizations can enter the competition at www.cleartheairfilmfest.org.

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