"Film Festival tackles climate change and Donald Trump".
That was the San Francisco Chronicle headline when we launched the 2nd Green Film Fest in March 2012 with the premiere of You've Been Trumped.
Now, as then, we pledge to fight for the environment and for independent filmmakers.
We need media to inform and educate audiences about climate change if we're ever going to instigate change.
Finding space on the airwaves
In 2015, the four major TV networks in the US (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX) dedicated only 146 minutes of airtime in their news coverage to climate change.
Dropped jaws, and shocked gasps filled the room at Tuesday night’s San Francisco premiere of Death by Design by Sue Williams.
UPDATE (11/30/16): Deia's prosecution has been officially suspended by the state of North Dakota. Which is to say, the State acknowledged that she is an established filmmaker and that no public interest would be served by continuing the prosecution. More here...
You’ve probably been following the shocking events unfold in North Dakota.
Standing Rock Sioux tribe members and their supporters have been protesting the construction of an oil pipeline for months to protect their water. But over recent weeks the tensions with police hit boiling point.
We’re especially troubled by the arrest and charges against filmmaker Deia Schlosberg for filming the protests at the TransCanada's Keystone pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota.
Sue Williams' documentaries are an in-depth look into the past, present, and future.
In her most recent production, Death by Design, she does an in-depth investigation into the electronics and technology companies and the harmful environmental and health effects that come with them on a global scale.
We've been getting to the heart of this tough question: out of the hundreds of films submitted, how do we decide on the 70 films that we show at Green Film Fest?
At the same time as looking at the stories on the screen, we're also interested in who is behind the camera.
This is a big question for any Festival. In part one, we covered the process of screening films and selection.
Here we're turning our heads towards the stories that catch our eye as we begin screening the hundreds of films that are submitted to Green Film Fest.
We all love – and live on – our smartphones, tablets and laptops.
A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising ever better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information.
But can tech be made sustainably?
Every year we're seeing more and more quality environmental documentaries being submitted to Green Film Fest - over 600 last year!
It's thrilling to see this growth in environmental filmmaking. It also presents us with a logistical problem: with all the fantastic filmmakers in the field, emerging and established, how do we make the hard decision on which films to present at the Festival?
The Green Fire Award recognizes the best of independent filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area with a $1,000 cash prize for the filmmaker, decided by an expert Jury from the film and environmental fields.
We can't overstate how thrilled we are to be able to give this Award to honor local talent.
And it was really important for us to find the right name to live up to it
- Announcing the inaugural Green Fire Award, a juried award for Best Bay Area Environmental Feature with $5,000 cash prize.
- Launching the second annual Climate Action Shorts Awards for films that bring us positive solutions to meet the challenges of climate change.
- Submissions now open in all categories for Green Film Fest 2017, April 20 - 26.
Love watching films? Passionate about the environment? Want to ‘make a difference’? Then be a part of our core team and help make next year's Festival our best yet.
We're looking for a Development Coordinator for the 2017 Green Film Fest. The ideal candidate will take pride in their organizational skills and be keen to expand their knowledge of non-profit fundraising and development. This is a part-time, seasonal position from Oct thru April. Apply by August 31.
Our 2016 Encore Series continues July 20, with a free screening of An American Ascent at San Francisco Public Library.
Ever been told that something is not for you? The Expedition Denali team didn't let that stand in their way. In An American Ascent we get up close and personal as nine African American's become the first team to take on Mount Denali.
You'll also get the chance to hear from one of the most passionate & dedicated people we've ever met - Expedition Denali climber Scott Briscoe, who will be joining us for the screening.
When we heard the news of the killing of Cecil the Lion, we knew that we must honor him and the many lions lost each year at the 2016 Green Film Fest as part of our Keep It Wild theme.
The clear choice for this event was to bring the classic film Born Free to San Francisco for a special 50th Anniversary screening.