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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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.


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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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Sept 10 Free Screening: 'With My Own Two Wheels' + bicycle panel discussion

Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival for a special screening of With My Own Two Wheels, a film about the bicycle as a vehicle for change around the world.

Screening followed by panel discussion with activists and members of the bicycle community, including:

~ Rose Aguilar, "Your Call", KALW (moderator)

~ Paul Freedman, Founder, Rock the Bike

~ Julian Rhoads, IDEX, San Francisco

~ Maya Carson, Co-Director, Cycles of Change, Oakland

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Pollution Prevention Video Contest

Every year, we screen films from young people who are actively protecting our planet and getting involved in documentary filmmaking.

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Plastic Paradise at SF Public Library

At the 2013 Green Film Festival, our youth program was a co-presentation. with the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center and the Green Stacks program of the SF Public Library. 

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2013 Festival Awards Announced

Markus Imhoof with 2013 Best Feature AwardSan Francisco, June 11, 2013 – The 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF), which ran from May 30-June 5, 2013, has announced the recipients of the festival’s 2013 film awards.

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2013 Festival

Filmmaker Q&AFestival audience

The 3rd annual festival (May 30 - June 5, 2013) presented the San Francisco premieres of 50 internationally acclaimed, environmentally-focused films from around the globe, with over 60 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment.

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2013 Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to our 2013 Festival sponsors, partner, and donors!

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2013 Film Festival Program

More Than Honey

The 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival includes 50 films from around the globe, with over 70 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment.

The festival takes place Thursday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ending appropriately on United Nation’s World Environment Day.



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Lights! Camera! Take Action! [downloads]


Have you seen a festival film and started thinking “What can I do?” Then check out our ‘Take Action!’ resources. Find out how you can get involved and have an impact on some of the most pressing environmental issues.

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Films from the 2013 Festival: Watch Again!

Watch feature films and shorts from the 2013 festival:

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2013 Festival Filmmakers and Guest Speakers

Bidder 70Guests expected at the 2013 Festival:

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May 22 Festival Preview/Outdoor Screening: Tiny - A Story About Living Small

TinyCan living small go big? Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2013, Tiny - A Story About Living Small, a film about families living in homes smaller than a parking space and one couple’s attempts to build a similarly scaled house for themselves, will feel perfectly sized for a screening in the street-turned-pedestrian plaza atmosphere of Annie Alley.

As a sneak peek of the 2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival kicking off a week later, Tiny will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers. 

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June 4: Free Youth Program

Plastic Paradise
Join us at the 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival for this special free event! Learn about the threats of plastic pollution to animals and humans and the importance of protecting our oceans, and talk with ocean experts. 


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