Growing the global Green Film Network

Resist was the message echoing through the first Forum of Environmental Film Festivals held in Europe last month. 

Representatives from 38 green film festivals in 20 countries had gathered at the CineEco Film Festival in Seia, Portugal, to strengthen ties, reflect on current issues, and debate ways to drive social and environmental change.

Over two days, attendees took part in structured sessions and workshops and heard thoughtful keynotes from speakers including Ailton Krenak, Indigenous leader and Brazilian writer; Catherine Beltrandi, UNEP–United Nations Environment Programme; and Giulia Camilla Braga, External Communication of the World Bank and Connect4Climate.


SF Green Film Festival's Founder Rachel Caplan was proud to present our work to this international audience of festival colleagues, partners, and filmmakers. 

There is much to celebrate in our growing international Green Film Network, which now presents many thousands of film screenings to global audiences each year.

There is also much to raise concern. Our partner festivals are grappling with many challenges to the arts & environment worldwide, from increasing government censorship in Russia, to devastating funding cuts in Colombia. Our partner in Iran has only recently returned with NGO support after a 10 year hiatus.

Yet overshadowing all was the imminent election of Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro, who is committed to opening up the Amazon to destructive new resource extraction and infrastructure projects. 

In spite of this news, the spirit of resistance pervaded the meeting, with our three Brazilian partner festivals - Filmambiente, Rio de Janeiro; Festcineamazônia, Festival Latino Americano de Cinema Ambiental, Porto Velho; and FICA, Goiás - leading the way.

In all our work, one message was very clear: the language of cinema is universal, without any walls.


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Check out the Forum photo gallery here.

Attending Festivals:

BEFF, Borneo Eco Film Festival, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Belgrade Green Fest, Belgrade International Green Culture Festival "Green Fest", Serbia

Cinema Planeta, Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Mexico, Cuernavaca, Mexico

CinemAmbiente, Environmental Film Festival, Turin, Italy

CineMare, International Ocean Film Festival Kiel, Germany

Cine’Eco, Seia, Portugal

CMS Vatavaran, International Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, New Delhi, India

DCEFF, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington D.C., USA

Deauville Green Awards, International Festival of Film Productions on Sustainability and Eco-Innovations, Deauville, France

DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Prizren, Kosovo

DREFF, Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

ECOCUP, Green Documentary Film Festival, Moscow-Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ecozine Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Zaragoza, Spain

EFFA, Environmental Film Festival in Albania, Tirana-Shkodra-Përmet-Skrapar, Albania

Festcineamazônia, Festival Latino Americano de Cinema Ambiental, Porto Velho, Brazil

Festival du Film Vert, 60 different cities, Switzerland and France

Festiver, Barichara Green Film Festival, Barichara-Santander, Colombia

FICA, Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental, Goiás, Brazil

FICMEC, Festival Internacional de Cine Medioambiental de Canarias, Garachico, Tenerife, Spain

Filmambiente, International Environmental Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FINCA, Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental, Buenos Aires, Argentina

FReDD Festival, Film, Recherche et Développement Durable, Toulouse, France

Glimmerglass Film Days, Cooperstown, New York, USA

GMIFF, Green Montenegro International Film Fest, Danilovgrad-Nikšić-Bečići, Montenegro

Green Image Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Green Screen, Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde, Germany

Greenpeace Film Festival, Online Film Festival, Global

IIGFF, Iran International Green Film Festival, Tehran, Iran

Interfilm, Berlin International Short Film Festival, Germany

International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő, Hungary

One World, Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

PELICAM, International Film Festival, Tulcea, Romania

Planet in Focus, Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

San Francisco Green Film Festival, California, USA

SEFF, Seoul Eco Film Fest, South Korea

SEFF, Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia

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