San Francisco Green Film Festival

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San Francisco Green Film Festival
2013 San Francisco Green Film Festival.jpg
Filmmaker Andrew Garrison presents Trash Dance at the Closing Night of the 2013 Festival.
Location San Francisco, California;  United States
Founded 2011
Number of films 60
Festival date May 28 - June 3, 2015
Language International

San Francisco Green Film Festival is an environmental film festival which was first held in March 2011.


According to the festival's official website, the San Francisco Green Film Festival's mission is "to educate and connect communities through forward-thinking programs of environmental films and discussions."


The first festival[1] in 2011 featured the Brazilian documentary film Hauling directed by Sean Walsh, and the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga by Werner Herzog.[2] Author Margaret Atwood appeared for a satellite Q&A after the screening of In the Wake of the Flood, a new documentary by Ron Mann on Atwood's book tour for her novel The Year of the Flood. French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand presented a screening of Home. The German documentary The Fourth Revolution: Energy Autonomy had its U.S. premiere at the festival. The festival's 2011 Green Tenacity Award was awarded to Swedish director Fredrik Gertten for the film Bananas!*.

The 2012 festival[3] included the The Island President by Bay Area Filmmaker Jon Shenk, and British director Anthony Baxter’s You've Been Trumped in a double bill with the 1983 Bill Forsyth classic Local Hero. Prizewinners included Baxter and Blood in the Mobile by Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen.

Films and guests at the 2013 festival[4] included environmental activist Tim DeChristopher at Bidder 70,[5] Bay Area director Nancy Kelly at the Opening Night premiere of Rebels with a Cause,[6] director Ben Kalina at the West Coast Premiere of Shored Up, Sundance winner A River Changes Course from director Kalyanee Mam, a spotlight of acclaimed German director Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) including films Breathing Earth and Garden in the Sea, and an outdoor screening of Tiny - a story about living small with a solar-powered projector in Annie Alley in downtown San Francisco. Swiss director Markus Imhoof received the Best Feature Award for his documentary More Than Honey.

The 2014 Festival took place from May 29 to June 4 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco's Mission district. According to the Festival program, there were more than 60 new environmental films; guests included filmmakers, environmental experts and leaders such as author Jonathan Franzen for Emptying the Skies, marine scientist David Ainley for The Last Ocean, and agriculturalist Cary Fowler for Seeds of Time.

The 2015 Festival will be the 5th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival and will take place from May 28 to June 3.



Best Feature Award[edit]

Best Short Award[edit]

  • 2013 – Sticky directed by Jilli Rose
  • 2013 – The Story of An Egg directed by Douglas Gayeton
  • 2012 – Coalition of the Willing directed by Knife Party

Green Tenacity Award[edit]

  • 2014 – Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek directed by Leah Mahan
  • 2013 – Thomas Riedelsheimer (for body of work)
  • 2012 – Blood in the Mobile directed by Frank Piasecki Poulsen
  • 2011 – Bananas!*directed by Fredrik Gertten

Inspiring Lives Award[edit]

  • 2014 – Project Wild Thing directed by David Bond
  • 2013 – Bidder 70 directed by Beth and George Gage
  • 2013 – Urban Roots directed by Tree Media

Audience Award[edit]

  • 2014 – Seeds of Time directed by Sandy McLeod
  • 2013 – La Source directed by Patrick Shen
  • 2012 – Sushi: The Global Catch directed by Mark Hall

Green Film Network[edit]

The Festival is a member of the Green Film Network,[7] an association of worldwide environmental film festivals.


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