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2013 Festival

Filmmaker Q&AFestival audience

The 3rd annual festival (May 30 – June 5, 2013) presented the San Francisco premieres of 50 internationally acclaimed, environmentally-focused films from around the globe, with over 60 visiting filmmakers and guest speakers covering environmental topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water, and art in the environment.

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  • Opening Night SF Premiere of Rebels with a Cause, which celebrates the epic story of those who fought to save the Marin County coast, with special guests Huey Johnson, Nancy Kelly, and Kenji Yamamoto

  • SF Premiere of Bidder 70 with filmmakers Beth and George Gage and special guest Tim DeChristopher in attendance, following his release from prison on April 21, 2013. Discover DeChristopher’s extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability.

  • West Coast Premiere of Shored Up and Q&A with director Ben Kalina. The film went on to win the Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

  • SF Premiere of Dear Governor Cuomo and panel discussion on fracking in California hosted by Climate One. Watch incredible acts of ‘fracktivism’ in the push for a ban on fracking in New York State. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more.

  • Centerpiece screening and Northern California Premiere of More Than Honey, a dazzling in-depth look at honeybee colonies and Q&A with Academy-Award nominated director Markus Imhoof. Includes local honey tasting.

  • Outdoor screening in Annie Alley

  • West Coast Premiere of Tiny – A Story About Living Small with filmmakers Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith celebrating the tiny house movement in a special outdoor screening with solar-powered projector in downtown SF.

  • Spotlight of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers And Tides, 2001) with SF Premieres of two new feature films, Breathing Earth and Garden In The Sea.

  • Kalyanee Mam’s A River Changes Course, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance 2013

  • Closing Night SF Premiere of Andrew Garrison’s Trash Dance on UN World Environment Day, June 5.

  • Free youth program with student films and speakers.

  • Work-in-progress screenings give local filmmakers the opportunity to share their work and gain valuable audience feedback, including Lisa Swenson’s Saltwater, and Sophie Constantinou’s Green Streets.

  • Filmmaker Awards 3-D printed in the cinema lobby using green, non-toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% percent locally produced.

  • Lights! Camera! Take Action! resources for festival attendees to get involved with local partners and their vital work.


    Best Feature Award
    Markus Imhoof

    Best Short Award
    Douglas Gayeton

    Inspiring Lives Award
    Beth and George Gage
    BIDDER 70

    Green Tenacity Award
    Thomas Riedelsheimer

    Audience Award
    Patrick Shen

    The 2013 Filmmaker Awards were 3-D printed in the cinema lobby during the Festival by Type A Machines, from green, non-toxic, recyclable and compostable materials. The awards use a zero waste process and are 100% percent locally produced.