Green Film Fest

SEPTEMBER 6-13, 2018

A bold and fearless voice for our planet.

  • Green Film Fest returns for 8th year with a week of new environmental films, discussions, and special events that spark green ideas and connections.
  • Aligning with partner organizations across the city to celebrate California Governor Jerry Brown's Global Climate Action Summit (Sept 12-14), bringing leaders from around the world to San Francisco to support the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Announcing 2018 Festival theme: It’s Elemental.

Green Film Fest is pleased to announce its eighth edition, bringing audiences the most vital stories from the environmental frontlines. This will be the first year the Festival will take place in the Fall, to align with the hub of crucial environmental discussion and action happening this year. The 2018 Festival is an official Affiliate Event for the Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit, and further partnership highlights include Asia Society’s COAL + ICE  Exhibition and Festival, and the Rise for Climate March. Green Film Fest is excited to be a part of this pivotal moment.

The Festival will run September 6-13 and present 50 new, international films with over 100 guest speakers and 70+ community organizations at venues including the Castro Theatre, Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, and Koret Auditorium at SF Public Library. Join us for a spectacular Opening Night at the Castro Theatre on Thursday, September 6, with our Green Carpet Gala!

The full program will be announced on August 1.


2018 Festival Theme

On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, we’re acutely aware of this global moment of flux. In 2018, we are all adapting to our changing climate, political forces, environmental threats and more.

Embracing this, we announce our 2018 Festival theme: It’s Elemental.

We’ll be bringing you programs & discussions structured around the four elements - earth, water, fire, and air – and how they are creating multifaceted perspectives on climate issues.

Change isn’t just necessary: It’s Elemental.


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