Environmental Film Festival
The 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival is on, till March 27th.
There are 150 diverse and engaging films from 40 countries. 52 filmmakers and 94 special guests will be on site to give talks and answer questions from viewers.
Such an event looks like a gathering of who's who made up of eco-conscious film makers, documentary makers, and viewers alike. Guests include renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson and numerous other scientists who will bring to life subjects that most of us find too esoteric.
Among Festival highlights are 80 Washington, D.C., United States and World premieres, including the film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the 2010 Palme D’Or at Cannes; the multi-award-winning Russian psychological thriller, How I Ended This Summer; Werner Herzog’s new film, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga and Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light. We hope that you will power up and join us for what promises to be a Festival full of films that will deepen our understanding of the relationship between our planet, its resources and ourselves.
The page that lays out the history of the Festival states: "Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital has become one of the world’s largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C., U.S. and world premieres. Documentaries, features, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children’s films at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters and are attended by large audiences. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most Festival films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public. The Festival’s Web site serves as a global resource for environmental film throughout the year."
It's a pity that such an event is held only once a year, but still, it significantly increases the public’s understanding of environmental issues – and solutions – through the power of film and thought-provoking discussions with environmental experts and filmmakers.
Let's hope the festival becomes more than just a platform that fosters environmental awareness, that it will inspire viewers into action.