Cinema Verde, an Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida, was created to raise awareness of environmental issues through the arts. We will hold our thirteenth annual festival February, 2022. Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings. We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to help forge sustainable solutions for our future. We utilize a multi-disciplinary program of film, music, art, workshops, an eco-fair and eco-tours to connect participants with green initiatives in business, government and organizations seeking to solve environmental problems. Our vision is to expand the reach of environmental information to inspire, educate and engage participants in sustainable business and lifestyle solutions.

Our festival reaches more than 3,000 participants with screenings of an international array of 25+ professional films plus student submissions at our annual festival and monthly events. We engage local government, sustainable businesses, environmental organizations, visitors and the community with parties, an eco-art show, eco-tours and an eco-fair.

We open the festival with a VIP Reception, invite film directors to talk with our audiences following their films, hold a local pot luck honoring local farmers, host an eco-gallery; an Eco Fair with sustainable business and organizational booths, musical performances and promote eco-tours led by local guides showcasing the natural resources and green homes of the area. Come help us help you spread the word about environmental issues!

*COVID NOTE* We transitioned to a virtual festival in 2021 to ensure the safety of our participants, which has opened up a wonderful new avenue for us: Cinema Verde Channel. We are showcasing selected films from our library and archives, and we will continue to build and maintain this exciting virtual venue. Our plan for 2022 is to host a VIP Opening Night Party and Award Ceremony, then continue presenting our festival selections online in festival format. Our 2022 Cinema Verde film selections will then be featured on our Cinema Verde Channel, creating many more opportunities for viewing.

Cinema Verde is a not-for-profit environmental film festival produced by to help build sustainable communities. Cinema Verde is funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council and by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Arts. We welcome sponsorship inquiries and support!

Awards are given out to winning films in the listed categories. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to give out cash prizes for these award-winning films.

Our objective is to bring environmental awareness to our audience and guide us all toward sustainable solutions to the problems we face. Each film must be based on valid, factual information. Please no advocacy films. Those with a solution orientation will be regarded most favorably.

SHORT is GOOD - Please let us know if shorter versions of your film are available - our audiences sit through many hours of documentaries on environmental issues - it is much easier on them to get the info in quick, palatable doses rather than sad info droning on repetitively. Including solutions in the films is also essential.

Please specify which issues are addressed in the film (food, water, waste, energy, chemical contamination, population, social justice, sustainability, animals, sustainable business, green building, etc,) as well as the category entered.

Please specify whether any filmmakers, actors or screenwriters may be available to attend Cinema Verde screenings should your submission be selected for screening. Cinema Verde makes no guarantee regarding travel expenses – we’ll do the best we can to help and we hope you’ll do the best you can to join us!

Winners will receive full-access VIP Festival Passes to all Cinema Verde screenings, workshops, parties and events. At this time, prizes are only recognition, but we continue to seek cash sponsors for prizes in each category.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening at Cinema Verde, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinema Verde and the Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, Inc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film (“Film”) to Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival, you accept and agree that you grant Cinema Verde a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, screen, broadcast, and distribute the Film, as well as the unrestricted use of the Film for any purpose, without compensation to the provider of the Film.

Foreign language films must have subtitles.

All submissions must be cinema-quality high definition DVDs or digital media files. Please see category for details. Cinema Verde will not take responsibility for returning films submitted.

Winning submissions may not be withdrawn by the filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • Orion Pahl

    I love that this festival is focused on the environment and student-led. I hope to attend in the future because I've heard such incredible things about the Gainesville community (all virtual this year). It's always unique to have the energy of so many people in one place focused on positive change and impact. Keep it up, Cinema Verde! Honored that Bury Me at Taylor Hollow was a part of the line-up this year.

    February 2021
  • Michele Kaye

    Wonderful festival and selection of films. Wish it were in person, but great online experience! Highly recommend!

    February 2021
  • Mark Pedelty

    An excellent annual festival that is very well organized and committed to meaningful exchange around environmental ideas, information, and story telling. Top notch.

    February 2021
  • Andrea Marinelli

    Wonderful Festival! Great communication, great organization and sensibility. Thanks for including my movie!

    May 2020
  • Atsuko Quirk

    Cinema Verde was fantastic! The organizer, Trish is super supportive to filmmakers and the communication was responsive. They truly value the work of independent filmmakers on environmental issues.

    February 2020