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SFGFF’s Youth Program showcases the work of local students and offers free screenings for students and teachers. The program aims to educate and inspire Bay Area youth to become active participants in protecting our planet and to encourage youth interest and involvement in documentary filmmaking.


2014 Festival Youth Program: Future Filmmakers Going Green

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

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Join us for a showcase of inspiring environmental short films by Bay Area youth. In partnership with the Roxie’s Future Filmmakers program, students come together to see their work on the big screen. Watch new perspectives on sharing stories, common interests and concerns to protect the planet.

Cup Full of H2O feat  ITZ Mainey WEBWake Up Call: Time to ACT on Climate Change! | Muse Video and MetWest High School students
Styrofoam Man | Green Ninja, San Jose State University
Northridge CommUNITY Gardens | BAYCAT TechSF Pathways Young Adult Media Internship Crew
The Next Generation | Burlingame High School
Urban Camping | TILT Summer Film Camp
The Green Ninja Strikes | Prospect High School and SJSU
Cup Full of H2O feat. ITZ Mainey | Youth UpRising
Keystone XL has a Job for You! | Movement Generation

Discussion with local youth filmmakers follows the screening.


2014 Student Video Contest

Once again, SFGFF is a proud sponsor 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.


Plastic Paradise2013 Festival Youth Program

Join us at the 3rd San Francisco Green Film Festival for this special free event! Learn about the threats of plastic pollution to animals and humans and the importance of protecting our oceans, and talk with ocean experts.

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2013 Student Video Contest2013 Student Video Contests

Thank you to all who entered the Pollution Prevention 2012 Video Contest, sponsored by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network. Top winner Joe Lopez III wins a trip to San Francisco for the 2013 Green Film Festival, including a screening of his winning video A Footprint Towards the Future on the big screen as part of the Festival line-up.

Congratulations also go to the winners of Breathe California’s 2013 Clear the Air Film Festival, including Kendra Eckblad, Erica Crew, Jillian Keegan, Amanda Landaverde, and Jayraj Govender of Lick-Wilmerding High School, and Catherine-Mercedes Judge at the Youth Leadership Institute. These winning films will also be shown at the 2013 Festival.

Pick up a camera and have your say in 2014!


Tony Geraci cooking demoCAFETERIA MAN with Chef Tony Geraci & the Edible Schoolyard

Bad school food meets its match! Join the SF Green Film Festival, MLK Jr. Middle School, and the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley for a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Cafeteria Man” with chef Tony Geraci.

The screening and discussion will be followed by tours of the Edible Schoolyard garden and kitchen, which is attached to the MLK Jr. Middle School – plus a food demo with Chef Tony!

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2012 Student Video Contest2012 Student Video Contest

Enter your 60 seconds-or-less videos that show what you are doing to promote pollution prevention. Winners will be shown on the big screen at the 2012 Festival! Sponsored by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network.


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Cafeteria ManSchools at the Festival 2012

The 2012 program includes the award-winning film Cafeteria Man, as well as selected short student films and guest speakers.

Follow Tony Geraci, a charismatic chef from New Orleans, on his passionate and tenacious journey to kick-start school lunch reform serving 83,000 students in Baltimore’s public schools. Voices and images of students, parents, teachers, administrators and farmers are woven throughout the film, including appearances by food activist and best-selling author Michael Pollan, First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass.

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Adobe Youth VoicesSchools at the Festival 2011

For our free 1st annual Student Education Program, we have selected films featuring forests, water, plastic pollution, marine biology, and young people whose lives are influenced by nature and the environment. Students will see why trees play a vital role in the water cycle, watch other kids making a difference in their communities, learn about the threats of plastic pollution to animals and humans, see films made by other students, and talk with scientists growing coral reefs in Fiji, among many other films.

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