Clean River Partners is hosting our 8th annual Downstream Environmental Film Festival in May of 2024. We are an environmental non-profit dedicated to inspiring people and organizations to value, protect, and improve the Cannon River Watershed’s land and water. Our film festival seeks to serve those goals by showcasing short films with water and environmental themes for our Minnesotan audience.

The Downstream Film Festival is a non-competitive event, designed to promote the sharing of ideas and the exploration of thoughtful action. All participants will receive complimentary passes and recognition on the Clean River Partners/Downstream Film Festival website.

1) Films must have an water, environmental, and/or a social justice theme
2) Films must be 20 minutes or less
3) Films of any genre are welcome
4) Student films are encouraged
5) All filmmakers who submit will receive a complimentary pass to the event

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Rundle

    This was a wonderful environmental film festival. We were proud that our documentary "Places to be Wild" was an official selection and that the festival was serious about drawing a large crowd and informing its audience of important environmental issues. Thank you to everyone at Downstream Environmental Film Festival for including our film and for making it such a successful event.

    May 2023
  • Brendan Harris

    Amazing festival!!
    We were honored to have the second screening of our film This Wild Land at the Downstream Film Festival. The festival was located at a great local brewery and it was a packed house. We were paired next to some amazing short films that all shared a similar message about conservation and protection of the places that we love and cherish. I would recommend any environmental filmmaker to check out Downstream Film Festival!!

    February 2020
  • An extremely warm and welcoming festival! The team-up with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership and the packed house at Imminent Brewing made for an unforgettable night!

    February 2018