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According to organizers, EFFY has become the premiere student-run festival for environmental films; showcasing the arts through incisive, cutting edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues, aiming to facilitate meaningful discourse and spark action and innovation throughout the Yale community and beyond.
Submitted films may explore any aspect of environmental or related social issues.
Founded in 2009 by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EFFY is now touted by the Oscars as one of the "20 Great Resources for Green Filmmakers," and has become the world's premier student-run festival for environmental films.
Beyond the screen, EFFY works to provide additional opportunities for audiences to engage with important environmental issues. To facilitate this, we pair every screening with a Q&A or panel discussion with filmmakers, scholars, and other notable figures. All screenings and special events are free and open to the public, and draw audiences from across the northeastern United States.
Past festivals have included presentations by Dan Rather, Van Jones, James Gustave Speth, Colin Beavan, and Jeffrey Sachs, as well as the East Coast Premiere of "Crude," the U.S. Premiere of "The Blood of the Rose", the World Premiere of "YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip," Special Advanced Screenings of Disneynature’s "Earth," "Oceans," and "African Cats," Oscar nominees "Waste Land" and "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," and the Academy-Award winning film "The Cove."