The 21st Environmental Film Festival, featuring over 150 films, will take place March 12-24, 2013. The annual Festival marks a highlight in the D.C. area for general film enthusiasts and environmental advocates alike. The full schedule of films will be available in mid-February.
Films typically emphasize the relationship of earth and man and the ongoing struggles that it engenders. Screenings take place at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters across the city with many of the screenings shown for free. Discussions with filmmakers and subject matter experts often occur after screenings.
This year’s event will highlight the vital role of rivers in human survival and wellbeing. Scheduled films include “Anacostia River: In the Shadow of the Capitol,” which examines the health of the Anacostia River, one of several D.C. waterways within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Also scheduled are “A Thirsty World (La Soif du Monde),” a new film addressing the vital role of water in the context of climate change and population growth; and “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” a historical documentary of the U.S. environmental movement, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival represents a major cultural event in D.C. According to its mission statement, the Festival “seeks to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film.” It is presented through a collaboration of over 100 global, national and local organizations.
Check the Festival website beginning in mid-February for the full schedule. But note that some venues have already advertised schedule dates/times for individual shows. For example, you can buy tickets now from National Geographic Live for the March 19 showing of “A Fierce Green Fire”.