What a year. We've been looking back at our 2016 programs and wanted to share with you some of our milestones.
These are the moments that bring a smile to our face and inspire us to do even more in 2017.
Were you at any of these events? We would love to hear your stories and favorite moments.
Thank you for being a part of our eco-savvy, movie loving community!
In no particular order, here are our highlights of 2016:
This year there have been many award-worthy environmental documentaries. Telling stories that would otherwise go untold. So, if you're looking for some movies to watch, it can be hard to know where to start.
Here's an update on how to watch our Green Film Fest 2016 Award Winners.
Be sure to add them to your watch-list for the holidays.
"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.