SF Green Film Festival regrets that the 10th Anniversary Festival in September 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to prioritizing the health of our communities in this difficult time.

As many of us are binge watching on our small screens right now, it’s clear that storytellers are our lifeline to other worlds and times, and to the future that awaits at the end of this. In the face of seemingly insurmountable problems, we will always focus on the solutions.

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay green. 

Four ways to get involved in our Youth Program:

1. Students attend Green Film Fest for free!

It's FREE for local students to attend Green Film Fest and learn more about environmental issues, join discussions, and meet filmmakers & guests.

Anyone age 18 & under and anyone with a valid student ID can request complimentary tickets for any of our programs. Get your college, school or youth organization involved!

The next Green Film Fest is scheduled for September 2020. Keep an eye out for our program launch in August to get tickets for this year's Festival.

You can also email [email protected] to request tickets for student groups. 

2. Free Schools Program at the Fest

Bring your class to SF Green Film Festival's free schools program!

This event is a great opportunity for young people Grades 5-12 to learn about current environmental issues, get involved in discussions, and meet filmmakers and environmental leaders.

In 2019, the program opened up discussions on animal conservation, gender equality, and careers in science with famous Canadian zoologist, feminist, and author Dr. Anne Innis Dagg.

2019 Schools Program: The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

2018 Schools Program: Youth v Gov

3. Young Filmmaker Competition


Your chance to show your environmental film on the big screen! 

Every year, we screen films from young people who are actively protecting our planet and getting involved in documentary filmmaking.

Enter the Young Filmmaker Competition to win cash prizes and a special screening of your film at Green Film Fest in September 2020. Show us how you're making a difference!

The contest is open to young filmmakers age 18 and under. It is free to enter and there are no restrictions on style, genre, or how many entries you may submit. Finalists are entered into competition for our Young Filmmaker Award!

2019 Winner: Save Our Planet, Alexis Buggs Hodgson, USA 

4. Youth Filmmaker Workshops

Green Film Fest curates workshops and panels for youth activists to get involved.

Youth Leaders from Heirs to Our Oceans shared their experiences at the UN Summit at our Green Film Fest 2019 Impact Film Forum - Youth Voices: Stepping Up. 

The panel featured urgent media about young leader confronting the climate crisis. 

And in previous years, Green Film Fest teamed up with The Mix-Teen Digital Center at SF Public Library to create a free youth workshop for budding environmental filmmakers as part of Green Film Fest. 

Teens learned how to write, shoot and edit a short film in just a few hours! They created their own films & shared them on the big screen at Green Film Fest 2017.

Here's what was created in past workshops:

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