Short Films - 2015 SF Green Film Festival

We know that good things can come in small packages. Throughout the Festival we showcase an array of new, International short films.

Here's the A-Z of shorts screened at the 5th San Francisco Green Film Festival.



Tijmen Veldhuizen, UK, 2014, 13 mins

USA Premiere
Due to pollution, humans have taken refuge deep within the Earth. Years later, consumed by dreams of a world he's never seen, one man journeys to the surface.


Ain’t No Fish

Tom Gasek and Miki Cash, UK, 2014, 4 mins

Singing seals bring attention to the need to protect our oceans in this short stop motion animation, with music from Hoagy Carmichael.


Beyond Recognition

Michelle Grace Steinberg, USA, 2014, 27 mins

San Francisco Premiere, winner of the SFGFF Best Short Award
An Ohlone woman is on a quest to protect her ancestors’ burial places from being engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl.


Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

Emily Driscoll, USA/Japan, 2014, 12 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Fireflies in Japan are disappearing as artificial lights disrupt their 'language of light'. How can we live among wildlife in urban settings?



Richard Mockler, Australia, 2014, 7 mins

USA Premiere. Mark feels helpless as his neighbour starts clearing forest for a firewood business. Desperate to fight the destruction, Mark enlists the help of Cranky Koala.


Dry Season

Max Good and Tyler Trumbo, USA, 2014, 8 mins

San Francisco Premiere. An eclectic Northern California town faces an uncertain future as the state suffers through its worst drought in 500 years.


Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

Chris Jordan-Bloch, USA, 2014, 11 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Fracking meets its match in Dryden, NY, where a community discovers its shared strength and turns the tables on a powerful industry.



Jordan Thornton, USA, 2014, 4 mins

In a hectic and stressful society, a voice calls out to a working man, inviting him to abandon the modern world.



Siqi Song, China/USA, 2014, 3 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Eaters from around the world talk about their relationship with food, brought to life with "edible-characters" in stop-motion animation.


Food for Thought, Food for Life

Susan Rockefeller, USA, 2015, 22 mins

West Coast Premiere. We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? See the revolution starting in all parts of the food system.


Force of Habits

Lu Davidson, New Zealand, 2014, 4 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Life can be overwhelming. A film about how simple habits can have a positive effect on climate change.


Full Circle

Tiffany Lin, USA, 2015, 2 mins

Follow the journey of a plastic bag as it travels from a San Francisco beach out into the open ocean.


Fungiphilia Rising

Madison McClintock, USA, 2014, 13 mins

From mushroom forays to fungus festivals, mycologists, artists and chefs show us the secret lives of mushrooms and their admirers.


How We Live: A Journey Towards a Just Transition

Mark Decena, USA, 2014, 7 mins

Bay Area activist Gopal Dayaneni looks at how we live now, and how we can do it better in the next economy.


Isle of Seals (Roņu sala)

Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2014 6 mins

West Coast Premiere. When the Photographer arrives to document the grey isle, the simple life of seals and hunters turns out to be deadly complicated.



Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, Haiti, 2014, 7 mins

Haiti's internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.


Man in the Maze

Phil Buccellato and Jesse Ash, USA, 2014, 8 mins

Throughout the U.S. borderlands, a diverse group of people come up with innovative solutions to mend our broken food system.


Marijuana Grows and Restoration

Ann & Steve Dunsky/U.S. Forest Service, USA, 2014, 5 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Meet those working to restore our national forests from the significant harm done to land, water, and animals from growing Marijuana.


Not Just a Tree: Friends of the Urban Forest

Mauricio Romero, Marwaun Brooks, Reyna Colt Lacayo and Walden Smith/BAVC, USA, 2014, 6 mins

Teenagers learn how to plant and maintain trees in San Francisco’s urban settings through Friends of the Urban Forest’s "Green Teens" program.


Oak and Scott

Sinem Yilanci and Sertan Ünver, USA, 2014, 30 mins

San Francisco Premiere. An urban tale told by long-term residents of an ever-changing San Francisco intersection.


Oakland Originals: Asiya Wadud

Jim McSilver, USA, 2014, 7 mins

A bounty of fruit is growing over fences and sidewalks in Oakland – much of it going to waste until Asiya Wadud sees an opportunity.


Oceans North - Protecting Manitoba's Beluga Estuaries

Christopher Paetkau and Trevor Gill, Canada, 2014, 5 mins

West Coast Premiere. Each summer, as the sea ice recedes, more than 57,000 beluga whales return to the estuaries along stunning western Hudson Bay in Manitoba.


Our Power in Full Force

Kay Cuajunco, Bunker Seyfert and Shadia Fayne Wood, USA, 2014, 6 mins

Communities come together in Richmond, CA, to show we can take control of energy systems in a way that restore the planet and transform the economy.


A Passion of Gold and Fire (Une Passion d'Or et de Feu)

Sébastien Pins, Belgium, 2014, 6 mins

San Francisco Premiere. A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.


Pseudo Evolution (Pseudo Evolução)

Luisa Gobel and Bruna Almeida, Brazil, 2013, 4 mins

San Francisco Premiere and winner of the SFGFF Young Filmmaker Award. An irreverent and critical insight into the evolution of human-kind through the development of capitalist civilization.


Seeding A Dream: Sheepscot General Store & Uncas Farm

Bridget Besaw, USA, 2014, 16 mins

San Francisco Premiere. Young farmers revitalize a farm and transform a store into a thriving community food hub; yet they live with little security to show for all their toil.


Silent River

Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks, USA/Mexico, 2014, 25 mins

U.S. companies are using the Santiago River as their own waste canal. Follow a young woman trying to save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.


A Vertical Dance by Bandaloop, near Stinson Beach, California

Amelia Rudolph/KQED Arts, USA, 2014, 4 mins

A pioneering dance troupe combines modern choreography with rock-climbing technology to create mesmerizing performances that soar and swoop on Marin Cliffs.



Nils Westergard, USA, 2014, 3 mins

Animals traverse the city in unusual places in this animated mural, with music by Inland Ocean.


What About Water?

Alyssa Hailemariam/BAYCAT, USA, 2015, 10 mins

West Coast Premiere. A documentary produced by BAYCAT interns that examines the relationship between water and the Bayview Hunters Point community.



Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann, Germany, 2014, 4 mins

San Francisco Premiere. The unexpected forces of nature clash with the existing structures of our city and civilization.