What is San Francisco Green Film Festival?

The San Francisco Green Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to screening compelling environmental films; connecting audiences to filmmakers and experts; and sparking green ideas & actions. Our signature program is the annual Green Film Fest and we also screen films and support filmmakers throughout the year.


What is Green Film Fest?

Green Film Fest is our annual flagship program, a weeklong film festival that brings together international environmental films, filmmakers, and audiences to venues across the city.


What happened at the most recent Green Film Fest?

At Green Film Fest 2017, April 20-26, we screened 71 environmental films to 4,100 attendees. There were over 100 filmmakers and special guests joining us for a week of film screenings and workshops about the most pressing environmental challenges. Our Wrap Report provides more highlights and reactions.


What is the history of SFGFF?

The seed for SFGFF was planted by founder Rachel Caplan, who has over 20 years of experience working in film exhibition, including film festivals in the USA and Europe.

Rachel is passionate about film as the catalyst for environmental ideas and action. In 2010, she created the Green Film Fest to fill this need for sharing bold environmental stories in the city that's at the forefront of both independent film and the global green movement.

Over 520 film screenings later, we’ve honed the power of that “a-ha!” moment – when the credits roll, the lights come up, and the audience member feels moved and motivated for what comes next. Working with filmmakers, environmental experts, and campaigners, we are creating programs that bring us together to spark ideas for a better world.


When is the next Green Film Fest?

Green Film Fest 2018 is September 6-13, an official Affiliate Event of California Governor Jerry Brown's Global Climate Action Summit, bringing leaders from around the world to San Francisco to support the Paris Climate Agreement. We’ll have a vibrant line up of 50 new, international films connecting a passionate audience with top documentary filmmakers, environmental experts and campaigners.


Where does Green Film Fest take place?

Venues across San Francisco, including Castro Theatre, Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, and Koret Auditorium at San Francisco Public Library.

Venue and transit information


Who Comes?

The festival audience is a diverse array of people from across the San Francisco Bay Area, all with a passion for film, arts, and environment.

Guests include international filmmakers, artists, and environmental leaders. Over 700 guests have attended since 2011, including Louie Psihoyos, Annie Leonard, Jonathan Franzen, Virginia McKenna, Fredrik Gertten, Shalini Kantayaa, Tim deChristopher, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Margaret Atwood, and The Yes Men.


When do tickets for Green Film Fest go on sale?

Tickets go on sale a month before the festival starts.


How many films will be shown at Green Film Fest?

Over 50 films, including features and shorts from around the world. More details in Summer 2018!


Is there a theme for Green Film Fest?

Every year we spotlight an environmental issue or idea throughout the festival. More details for the next Green Film Fest in Summer 2018!


What are the Big Nights?

Save-the-Date for Opening Night at the Castro Theatre on September 6! More details coming in Summer 2018! 


What is going on besides films screenings?

We pair film screenings with filmmaker discussions or panels with environmental leaders. Working with 70+ non-profit community partners, we connect issues in the films with what’s happening here in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the festival you’ll also find eco arts, filmmaker panels & workshops, happy hours and receptions at our FestHQ.   


Do you have press releases for Green Film Fest?

You can find our press releases here.

Sign up for our press list to receive our future press releases or invitations to our Festival Press Conference. We’ll only send you press information.


How do I get a press kit or press tickets?

Contact our publicists Larsen Associates for all film and guest information. Karen Larsen or Vince Johnson on 415.957.1205 or publicity@larsenassc.com.


What other programs does SFGFF support?

Community Screenings: We curate the ongoing Green Stacks free program series at San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch, check our schedule for latest information.

Filmmaker Development Program: We support filmmakers to increase the impact of their stories, through our awards program including a juried award for Best SF Bay Area Environmental Feature. In 2018, we’ll launch the Reel Science Challenge, which will pair filmmakers with climate scientists to produce a series of short films during an immersive filmmaking lab.

Green Connect: We use the power of film to inspire people to take action for environmental change. The program involves talks and sessions on the issues; directing people to our Take Action! resources; and giving people a chance to share their green pledge on video with Green Speak Out.

Youth Program: We give young people access to green films & filmmaking, with complimentary tickets to Green Film Fest. Our Youth Filmmaker Award and Workshops give them an opportunity to pick up a camera and share their environmental stories.


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