Celebrate #Canada150 with these great green films

We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary and taking a look back at the many great Canadian films that have shown at Green Film Fest.

Each year, we’re proud to bring many films from North of the border to San Francisco with support from our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in SF. Here our some of our favorite Canadian films & guests from recent festivals:

In the Wake of the Flood

(Ron Mann, Canada, 2010)

In 2011, the 1st Green Film Fest kicked-off in style with a Q&A with Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale; Oryx and Crake) following a screening of Ron Mann’s doc on the iconic Canadian author. The film follows Atwood on the eve of her 70th birthday as she sets out on an international tour to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood.

A veteran Canadian filmmaker, look for Ron Mann’s new marijuana doc Grass 2 coming in 2018.


(Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky, Canada, 2013)

This visually stunning film from filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) weaves together diverse global stories that show our relationship with water. The filmmakers' message resonates with California's current water shortages, as it shows our dependence on and fight to control our most precious resource.

Part of a trilogy of films from this filmmaking team, look for the third installment Anthropocene coming in late 2017.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

(Grant Baldwin, Canada, 2014)

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeye and Grant Baldwin (The Clean Bin Projectdive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After realizing the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed away, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. 

The Messenger

(Su Rynard, Canada, 2015)

This acclaimed documentary from director Su Rynard, takes us around the globe following in the path of songbirds. Songbirds are woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment and are vanishing at an alarming rate. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time.

Look for Rynard’s new doc Mosquito on Discovery Channel on July 6. 

RISE: Standing Rock

(Michelle Latimer, Canada, 2016)

Winner of the Best Feature Award at Green Film Fest 2017, this is an essential documentation of one of the most urgent environmental struggles happening today - to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Filmmaker Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) is a showrunner for Canada’s Viceland as well as a programmer for Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival. She is currently adapting the bestselling novel The Inconvenient Indian for screen.

Explore more films from Canada and beyond in our Film Archive.