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 70
Festival date April 14-20, 2016
Language International
Website http://greenfilmfest.org/

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

Mission[edit]

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."

History[edit]

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 was the 5th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival and took place from May 28 to June 3. In 2015, the theme was Changing Cities. The 2015 Festival Program brought together films and discussions exploring ideas around transit, housing, food, quality of life, and innovative ways create a better, more livable city for everyone. The festival theme was explored in seven programs ranging from Bikes vs Cars; Museum of the Hidden City, a 'live' performance piece with actors and film projections; The Chinese Mayor. Speakers at the 2015 festival of over 96 filmmakers and guests included writer Dan Koeppel, Greenpeace’s Annie Leonard, Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston, City Hall’s Bevan Dufty, OPS’ Louie Psihoyos and many local scientists, academics and activists.

The 6th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival (2016 Green Film Fest) will take place from April 14 through April 20. The theme will be Keep It Wild - from the highest mountain tops, to the deepest forests, and the parks in between, Green Film Fest 2016 is bringing you characters that are taking on fierce battles and beautiful adventures to protect their bit of wild and prove the outdoors is for everyone.[7] The Festival will open with the new film from Josh Fox, How To Let Go Of The World (and love all the things climate can't change) at the Castro Theatre and close with the 50th Anniversary screening of Born Free with star Virginia McKenna in attendance.[8] There will be over 60 films, guests and filmmakers throughout the Festival at venues across the San Francisco Bay Area.[9]

Venues[edit]

Awards[edit]

Best Feature Award[edit]

Best Short Award[edit]

  • 2015 - Nature Rx directed by Justin Bogardus
  • 2015 - Beyond Recognition directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg
  • 2014 – 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]

  • 2016 – Not Without Us directed by Mark Decena
  • 2015 – The Chinese Mayor directed by Zhou Hao
  • 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]

Audience Award[edit]

  • 2016 – TBD
  • 2015 – Landfill Harmonic directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley
  • 2014 – Seeds of Time directed by Sandy McLeod
  • 2013 – La Source directed by Patrick Shen
  • 2012 – Sushi: The Global Catch directed by Mark Hall

Young Filmmaker Award[edit]

  • 2016 – Escape Velocity directed by James Tralie
  • 2015 – Pseudo Evolution directed by Luisa Gobel and Bruna Almeida

Green Film Network[edit]

The Festival is a member of the Green Film Network,[10] an association of worldwide environmental film festivals.

References[edit]

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