// Upcoming Events Calendar
Final Deadline: 2014 Student Video Contest
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day

Once again, SFGFF is a proud partner of Breathe California’s Clear the Air Film Fest! Student entries are being accepted until February 14. Winning films will be eligible to win up to $1,000 and will be shown in our Future Filmmakers program at the Roxie on May 31.

The Clear the Air Film Fest showcases short films that address air quality, the environment or tobacco use. High school students, college students, or youth-focused community organizations can enter the competition at www.cleartheairfilmfest.org.

SFGFF recommends: Food+Farm Film Fest @ Roxie Theater
Apr 3 – Apr 7 all-day

The 2nd Food+Farm Film Fest takes place April 3-6, 2014, at the Roxie in San Francisco, in partnership with Bi-Rite Market. Festival proceeds support 18 Reasons, a San Francisco-based non-profit that offers hands-on food experiences to all Bay Area residents.

Come and see inspiring new films that celebrate food and farming while challenging us to deeply explore our food system. SFGFF’s top picks include (2013 SFGFF Winner) MORE THAN HONEY, LE QUATRRO VOLTE, MUSSELS IN LOVE, and BROOKLYN FARMER. But all programs promise to be tasty and delicious – we’ll see you there!

Info and tix: www.foodandfarmfilms.com

SFGFF @ BART Blue Sky Festival @ Justin Herman Plaza
Apr 16 @ 4:00 PM – Apr 16 @ 7:00 PM

BART Blue Sky FestivalOn Wednesday, April 16, 2014, BART will hold its fourth annual Blue Sky Festival to celebrate Earth Day. The lunchtime event will be held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco and is our way of celebrating the eco-friendly and innovative attitude of the Bay Area community while thanking BART customers for riding BART.

More than 50 commercial companies, nonprofit organizations and public agencies that provide green products and services will take part. And, as a special feature, a mock-up of BART’s new Fleet of the Future car will be on display! The prototype car will be open for you to tour and offer your comments about the design and amenities. Don’t miss this chance to see the new car before it is put into service in 2017 at the start of the fleet replacement program.

Come by the SF Green Film Festival booth and be the amongst the first to get exciting updates on films and guests in this year’s festival!


SFGFF Recommends: WATERMARK + filmmakers @ Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema
Apr 18 – Apr 25 all-day

Stunning new documentary WATERMARK opens April 18, 2014 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.

MEET THE FILMMAKERS IN PERSON: Join Edward Burtynsky in person with SF Green Film Festival’s Executive Director Rachel Caplan for Q&As at Opera Plaza on opening night, Friday, April 18. Jennifer Baichwal will be in person for Q&As at Shattuck Cinemas on opening night, Friday, April 18.

Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco (415) 771-0183
Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley (510) 644-2992

Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal (MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES) and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource.

We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and roam the sublime pristine watersheds of Northern British Columbia.

WatermarkShot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. In WATERMARK, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted – until it’s gone.


Photo: Colorado River Delta #2, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico 2011
© Edward Burtynsky

SFGFF @ Earth Day SF @ U.N. Plaza
Apr 19 – Apr 20 all-day

Earth Day SF 2014Celebrate Earth Day 2014 in the heart of San Francisco.

Join Musicians and Performers, Educators and Mentors, Artists and Artisans, Crafts People, Civic and Community Leaders, Ceremonialists, Workshop Leaders, Youth Activists and Social Justice Non-Profit Organizations, in this powerful full-on day of green sustainability solutions. This year’s festival focuses on activating the public to energetically pursue effective green solutions and integrate these sustainable practices into everyday life. Designed to empower the people of the Bay Area Community, and beyond, to start individually and collectively addressing the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face.

JOIN Thousands IN A ‘CALL TO ACTION’ !!!: Our Climate Action Rally leaves from Justin Herman Plaza and joins the Earth Day Festival at 1 PM . Let your voice be heard on April 19th 2014 at U.N. Plaza.

Come by the SF Green Film Festival booth and be the amongst the first to get exciting updates on films and guests in this year’s festival!


SFGFF Earth Day Free Screening & Discussion: WATERSHED @ Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
Apr 22 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This Earth Day, join SF Green Film Festival and SF Public Library for a special screening of

WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West.

Free admission.

Screening followed by discussion with Jill Tidman, Executive Director, The Redford Center.

WatershedThe Colorado River defines the landscape of the American West. The water it provides brings livelihoods to millions of people along its course. Yet with increasing demand this precious resource is at risk. Watershed, written and directed by Bay Area filmmaker Mark Decena and co-produced by Jamie Redford, brings audiences beautiful images of the river’s dramatic geography and the shocking fact that the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. But this is an optimistic tale. Narrator Robert Redford, introduces people that live, work and enjoy the Colorado River and are working to do things differently. A Los Angeles bicycle activist, a Navajo Nation councilwoman, a Colorado fly-fishing guide, and a restoration ecologist in Mexico, all have at least one thing in common – introducing us to a new water ethic. This prize winning documentary provides inspiration for us all to make more sustainable water choices.

Mark Decena, USA, 2012, 57 mins

This event is co-presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival, the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, and the Green Stacks Program of the San Francisco Public Library.

Media Event: One Day in SF
Apr 26 all-day

One Day in SFTell a story for the future of San Francisco.

On April 26, hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of San Francisco as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.

SFGFF is proud to be an official partner of One Day in San Francisco 2014.

Find out more and take part at onedayinsf.org

Festival ticket pre-sale for Kickstarter backers
Apr 27 all-day

Full program tickets go on sale today for our 2014 Kickstarter backers!

Please check our updates in Kickstarter for the full details and ticket link.

Festival tickets on sale & full program launch
Apr 29 @ 5:00 PM – 11:45 PM

Full 2014 Program Launch and tickets on sale for 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival.

2014 Program Launch Party
Apr 29 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival
May 29 – June 4, 2014
is just around the corner!


Tuesday, April 29, 2013

Join us to celebrate the official launch of the festival. Be the first to pick up a festival program, see a sneak peek of some of our most inspiring films, hear about the great line-up of films and guests, and make new festival friends!

The Program Launch Party is open to 2014 Festival sponsors, donors, Kickstarter supporters, and filmmakers. Please contact us for details.

4th SF Green Film Festival @ Roxie Theater
May 29 – Jun 5 all-day

It’s the Green Film Festival’s 4th year, but our first outing at the historic Roxie Theater! Join us to celebrate with a week-long festival of films, live events, filmmakers and special guests. From slow foodies to surfer activists, green designers to garbage artists, health heroes to product pioneers, it’s not just movies: it’s a movement. Discover 50 new films from around the globe and hear stories from people facing the world’s most urgent environmental issues and creating the most innovative solutions.

The full line-up will be announced in late April. To get the latest updates, sign up for our email newsletter.

2014 Save the Date!

2014 Festival Youth Program: Future Filmmakers Going Green @ Roxie Theater
May 31 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA

Join us at the 4th San Francisco Green Film Festival for a showcase of short films made by local youth that will inspire audiences to live eco-sensitive lives. This year, the Festival partners with Roxie’s Future Filmmakers program to give local high school and college students and youth-focused community organizations the opportunity to come together and see their work on the big screen. Join us to share stories, common interests and concerns, and to learn from each other and the young filmmakers who are inspiring us to protect the planet.