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.


Read more

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.

Read more

2014 Festival Filmmakers and Guest Speakers

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

Read more

2014 Opening Night: DamNation


Read more

Panels, Workshops, and More...

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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. 

Read more

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. 

Read more

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:

Read more

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

Read more

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!

Read more

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. 

Read more

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

Read more

3-D printing the Filmmaker Awards

The 2013 Filmmaker Awards were 3-D printed in the cinema lobby during the Festival by Type A Machines, from green, non-toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% percent locally produced. See the printer in action below and read more about how we designed and made the awards over on the Type A Machines blog.


Read more

Call for Entries // 2014 Festival

Entries are now closed for the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival, May 29-June 4, 2014. The final deadline for submissions was January 17, 2014. Submissions for the 2015 Festival will open in November 2014.

Read more

Submit your Instagram photos/videos to the 2014 Festival

Lights! Camera! Take Action!Kermit was wrong! It is easy being green, and you know it. Show us your day-to-day ventures of green living in the Bay Area using Instagram, whether it be your bike ride to work, your locally grown lunch, your eco-fashion, or simply the trash you picked up off the beach. Document how you're making a difference by taking photos/videos and posting them on Instagram using the hashtag #sfgreenlife for a chance to earn a complimentary Festival Pass and to have your green life endeavors shown on the big screen at the 2014 Festival.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2013 Fall Challenge and congratulations to our Winners: - Festival's Choice - People's Choice - Extreme Green

View All Entries >>

Read more

Oct 28 Halloween Social & Screening: BAT CITY, USA

NorCal BatsHang out with a live Bat at our Halloween event this Monday...

This just in! You can now get up close and personal with live bats at this Monday's social mixer and screening, courtesy of our friends at NorCal Bats.

Event highlights include: ~ Live bat encounters in the lobby with NorCal Bats ~ Edible bug tasting of spicy superworms, courtesy of Don Bugito ~ Bat costume contest with great prizes ~ Q&A with local bat experts Cat Taylor of East Bay Regional Park District and Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats ~ SF Premiere screening of Laura Brooks' new documentary Bat City, USA about bat conservation efforts in Austin, TX ~ Mixing and mingling with like-minded bat.

Read more

Oct 16 & 17 SFGFF co-presents: STANDING ON SACRED GROUND Episodes 1-4

Indigenous communities around the world and in the U.S. resist threats to their sacred places—the original protected lands—in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environment.

Read more

Oct 23 & 24 SFGFF co-presents three films at UNAFF 2013 in Stanford

The 16th UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) from October 17-27, 2013 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University celebrates the power of documentary films dealing with human rights issues, the environment, racism, women’s issues, universal education, war and peace.

The theme for this year is INDIVIDUAL TO UNIVERSAL.

The San Francisco Green Film Festival proudly co-presents three films as part of this year's UNAFF:

Read more

Fall 2013 Internships Now Open

Festival Team The SF Green Film Festival is in its 4th year and growing!

The day-to-day running of the San Francisco Green Film Festival is made possible with the dedication and energy of over 100 green-minded volunteers who help plan and produce our year-round events and the annual festival, scheduled for May 29 - June 4, 2014 at venues in San Francisco and Berkeley.

We’re seeking interns in the following areas who can help us gear up for our fourth year. This is an exciting time to come on board!

Read more