The DC Environmental Film Festival features more than 180 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from around the world. The films will be shown at more than 40 venues around Washington, DC, including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the festival. Most screenings are free to the public and include discussion with filmmakers or scientists.
In 2017, the festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Many of this years films explore the connections between environmental and social justice.
Dates: March 14-26, 2017
Festival Attending Tips
- Screenings are held throughout the city so the schedule can be overwhelming. Review the film program and get an idea of the types of films that you would be most interested in.
- You may also see the festival calendar and search for films online by date, film category, family friendliness and for premieres only.
- Many of the screenings are free, but require advanced reservations. Plan ahead to be sure to reserve a seat. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early.
- Attend a panel discussion to learn more about environmental issues and engage with filmmakers and special guests.
Highlights of the 2017 Environmental Film Festival
- Opening Night features a 2017 Sundance selection, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney’s Water & Power: A California Heist, exposing the corruption behind California’s water crisis.
- Advance screenings of the new Disneynature film, Born in China, with stunning footage of three animal families – the panda, the golden monkey, and the snow leopard.
- BBC filmmaking team’s “Planet Earth II”: Cities, exploring how to build cities where people and wildlife can coexist.
- Through a special Virtual Reality experience, festival-goers can journey to the Amazon and dive into an Indonesian reef.
Food Evolution and Spillover: Zika, Ebola, and Beyond, examine the controversy surrounding GMOs and how to contain pandemics.
Connections between environmental and social justice are explored in Flint, a work-in-progress, documents one of the worst mass poisonings in American history. RISE: Sacred Water examines the Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline. Riverblue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? reveals how the fashion industry is polluting rivers around the world that people depend on for survival.
- Wildlife films include Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale, the story of saving a baby elephant whose mother was killed; Last of the Longnecks, about threats to the African giraffe; Pristine Seas: Wild Galapagos, exploring the rich underwater life in the Galapagos Islands; Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise, tracking the lions of this revitalized preserve in Mozambique; and Sacred Cod, examining the decline of New England’s cod fishery.
Female filmmakers are well represented in the Festival, with 40 women directors of Festival films, including the opening night feature. Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, which served as inspiration for Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, is shown in a new digital restoration as part of the Women of the Rebellion series at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- Closing the Festival, the film Seasons showcases the diverse, wild, and wonderful animal life in Europe’s forests, directed by Oscar-nominated French filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who will receive the Festival’s Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film.