The 2015 Environmental Film Festival Begins This Week in Washington D.C.!
The Environmental Film Festival (EFF) in our Nation’s Capital begins today March 17, 2015 and continues through March 29, 2015. The festival is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in the Washington, D.C. area. In its twenty-third year, the EFF is presenting over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet.
The EFF features films and shorts from 31 countries and 96 Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres. The films cover a range of topics to include Africa, animated features and shorts, Built and Created environments, Asia Climate Connections, energy and Resources, Environmental Impact and Advocacy, a selection of fiction based features, Food and Agriculture, Fresh Water and Oceans, Kid-Friendly programs at D.C. area libraries, Latin America, Local DMV environmental issues, Sustainable living, and Wildlife. Most of films are free of charge, but there are a few that require on-line reservations of tickets. The venues that will charge are clearly listed for each of those films on the website for the festival (in text links) All of the venues are located throughout the D.C. and Maryland areas, and are close to metros and parking.
Many screenings include discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and cultural leaders. Some of the extraordinary film-makers slated to speak this year will include environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, climate scientist Joe Romm, actress and activist Kristin Davis on her film Gardeners of Eden, and Tommy Wells, the new Director of the District Department of the Environment.
Among the awards to be presented are the William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award, established in honor of William Warner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beautiful Swimmers, a study of the crabs and watermen on the Chesapeake Bay. This prize was won by documentarian George Butler’s new film, Tiger Tiger, spotlighting the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger.
The Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy goes to Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos’ latest film, Racing Extinction, an urgent call to action to stop the global mass extinction of animal species before it’s too late.
The Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film goes to Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson’s Monsoon, exploring the vital importance of the annual rains that fall on India.
The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award goes to Silent River, about efforts to clean up Mexico’s polluted Santiago River by the investigative reporter-filmmaker team of Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks. All award winners are Washington, D.C. premieres.
Additionally, Oscar-winning French director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) will present a retrospective of his films, which will include a ‘Work-in-Progress’, Ice & Sky. The Washington, D.C. premieres of Penguin Counters by local filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels and Project Ice by local filmmaker William Kleinert should not be missed.
Also, film-maker James Redford will show clips from his forthcoming film, Happening, which tells positive stories about renewable energy solutions across the country.
Tonight is opening night! Tonight will feature the Washington, D.C. premiere of Bikes Vs. Cars, a Swedish film documenting the struggle of bicyclists in a society dominated by cars.
Information on venues, times, and tickets can be found on the Environmental Film website.