Short Films - 2013 SF Green Film Festival

Here's the A-Z of shorts screened at the 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival.


Anna, Emma And The Condors

Katja Tomeman, USA, 2012

Tow sisters, Anna and Emma hep their parents fight for the survival of the magnificent California Condors in this winner of the ALA's 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video.


Anya: Citizen Science in Siberia

Lynne Cherry, USA, 2011

"You can change the world, so do something, " commands 13-year old Anya Suslova from an icy town in Siberia. Doing her part to end climate change, Anya joins Arctic scientist Max Holmes' research team collect water samples from the Lena River and enlists classmates and teachers to the cause.


Brower Youth Awards 2012

Earth Island Institute, USA, 2012

Who's responsible for some of North America's most creative environmental victories, such as saving over 89,000 gallos of water, campaigning for food justice and educating thousands of elementary school students about sustainability? Young people who have yet to celebrate their 23rd birthdays!



Lick-Wildermerding High School, USA, 2012

Second place winner of Breathe California's 2013 student video contest, Choices beautifully illustrates how bad lifestyle and health choices threaten the well-being of individuals and communities as a whole.



Austin Gallagher

Filmmaker Austin Gallagher swims with the sharks in this film which aims to change our perceptions about these feared animals. Using footage compiled with expeditions and research trips Gallagher illustrates the role sharks play in maintaining the health and stability of our presious blue planet.



Conservation International, USA, 2012

See how art helped former gang member Danilo Ochoa, escape from one of Bogota's toughest neighborhoods and turned him into a youth leader engaging his community in environmental issues.


Edible Insects: Finger Lickin' Grub

Sheraz Sadiq/KQED Quest, USA, 2012

A plate of roasted crickets, pan-fried bee larvae or caramelized meal works would be tough to shallow for most, but not for a few Bay Area residents who are encouraging people to open their minds and mouths to edible insects. Learn why they think edible insects are a smarter alternative to more traditional kinds of meat.



Homero Ranierez Tena/Mexican Film Institute, Mexico, 2011

Eskimal is about a guy that fights for what is important to him, no matter what he's against, explains the filmmaker. IN this animates short, Eskimal and his pet walrus Morsa face down the destruction of their beloved Great Glacier. 


Food Fight

Ben Zolno, USA, 2013

Food Fight follows a kid on a journey to the local corner which is killing his neighborhood - literally. From a Morpheus-like guide he learns the reality behind the food he's buying and must decide to take the Orange Carrot Pill or the Red Bull Pill.


A Footprint Towards the Future

Joe Lopez III, USA, 2012

The winner of the California Department of Toziic Substances Control's 2013 Pollution Preventiion Week student video contest asks you to consider, what's your footprint?


Global Warning

Ryan Dexter/Green For All, USA, 2013

Musicians and activists Seasunz and J. Bless from Earth Amplified and Stic.Man from Dead Prez have a musical message for you about the global green economy and sustainable development.


Hot & Bothered

Giannina La Salvia, UK, 2011

During an ongoing heat wave, a couple struggling with intimacy find a solution through television advertising.


How To Compost

Christoper Paetku & Trevor Gill, Canada, 2013

Meet Linda Olsen, master composter. "I gave my heart to composting and compost gave me life," says Linda in this short which presents simple steps to reduce your waste while producing a natural fertilizer for your garden.


In Hanford

Chris Mars, USA, 2012

"In Hanford, Washington during the Cold War the United States government operated a munitions plant that poisoned the whole area with radioactivity." Si begins artist Chris Mars's surrealistic exploration of this little-known environmental catastrophe in this short film from this year's Sundance and SXSW Festivals.


Kids vs. Global Warming

Lynne Cherry, USA, 2011

Get inspired by 12-year old Alec Loorz who founded the non-profit Kids vs. Global Warming created the Sea Level Awareness Project and presented the Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels to Senator Barbara Boxer all before turning 18.


Lets Talk About Soil

Uli Henrik Streckenbach, Germany, 2012

This animated film talks about soil, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation, while offering solutions to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.

Living Tiny

Paul Meyers & Paul Donatelli, USA, 2012

This charming film documents a small, but growing, population of people who are rejecting the axiom that "bigger is better" and are downsizing to tiny abodes - no larger than 200 square feet - and finding liberation.


Makwa Mee Nuun

Christoper Paetkau, Canada, 2012

Three generations of medicine women from the Anishinabe Nation of Canada share vital knowledge of the healing powers that exist in abundant local plant lief. The women make a commitment to preserve much of this undocumented information with the hop that their teachings revitalize the traditional use of the plants.


Olivia's Birds and The Oil Spill

Lynne Cherry, USA, 2011

Nature lover and artist, 11-year old Olivia Bouler raised $200,000 for rescue efforts following the devastating BP Oil Spill along her beloved Gulf of Mexico.


Salvage For: Michelle Reader, Artist

Marco De Luca, UK, 2012

London-based artist Michelle Reader creates unique figurative recycled sculptures. "I try wherever possible to use materials that are reclaimed, things with a history that have bee discarded and might otherwise end up in landfill. My sculpture draws attention to environmental issues in an aesthetic, humorous and non-confrontational way."


Scars of Freedom

Celine Cousteau, Chile/USA, 2912

A moving film about an entangled whale's struggle for survival off the coast of Chile's Juan Fernandez Archipelago. This short film from Celine Cousteau demonstrates the effects of human negligence on the world's oceans and the incredible power of human compassion.


The Secret of Trees

Albert Maysles, USA, 2012

What do trees know that we don't? 13-year old inventor Aiden realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don't collect solar energy in the same way.


The Story of an Egg

Douglas Gayeton, USA, 2013

Local poultry Farmers David Evans and Alexis Koeford explain the real story behind such catchphrases as "cage free" "free range" and "pasture raised" in this fun, informative short which is part of the Lexicon of Sustainability series from renowned artist Douglas Gayeton.


Tobacco Use Reduction Force PSA

Catherine-Mercedes Judge/Youth Leadership Institute, USA, 2012

Learn, about the young people behind TURF, Tobacco Use Reduction Force, and their efforts to amend San Francisco's health code. 1st Place General Public winner of Breathe California's 2013 student video contest.



Kendra Eckblad, Erica Crew & Jillian Keegan/ Lick-Wilmerding High School, USA, 2012

A simple image of a pack of cigarettes illustrates the reality of tobacco use and its hazards for today's teenagers int his brilliantly animated short, the 1st Place High School winner of Breath California's 2013 student video contest.


Where We live

Mark Decena, USA, 2011

Portrays the crucial role played by grassroots organizers in mobilizing the vote to defend California's historic global warming legislation and celebrates the unsung heroes around the world fighting for change in their own communities.