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 tenth annual festival February, 2019. 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.

We're a nascent festival in a small community, but we've received a tremendous amount of community support and an amazing array of publicity in our first five years. Come help us help you spread the word about environmental issues!

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, on the envelope.

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 2019-20, 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.

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
  • gangadhar panday

    This is a wonderful eco film festival in the historic Gainesville Fl.
    No wonder they are into their 10th edition. The selection of the films was great. The opening party was really a 'party like there is not tomorrow' and it was on Valentines Day made it special. It thrown up lots of opportunities for networking. It was good that the audience got chance to meet and chat with the directors/producers and the Q&A sessions helped gather additional information so that those interested can plan their further steps. The team of Cinema Verde made best use of the available resources to put up a grand show! I HippCinema had excellent screening facilities and centrally located in downtown.
    Wish Cinema Verde all the best in their future editions and strongly recommend this to eco filmmakers to submit their films.

    February 2019
  • Communication was fantastic. Thanks for selecting our work

    February 2019
  • Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this very positive festival. The communication with film makers was excellent. Honoured to have A Crude Injustice included in this event.

    February 2018
  • Robin Canfield

    The staff of this festival were very friendly, helpful and communicative. The location in Gainesville was wonderful, and the venue fantastic. The theater wasn't huge, but was definitely full and perfectly set for standing in front of the audience to introduce our film before screening.

    February 2018
  • Maureen Zent

    Communication was great. Thank you for including my work.

    February 2018