The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is one of America's premier student-run environmental film festivals. A jam packed week of film screenings, workshops and panelists, past festivals have included presentations by Dan Rather, Leonardo DiCaprio, Van Jones, Gus Speth, and Jeffrey Sachs. The goal of EFFY is to the highlight important environmental issues of our times via compelling stories and moving images.

Every spring, EFFY showcases incisive, cutting-edge films that highlight the environmental and social issues of our time. Expert panels of filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, journalists, activists, and public servants provide our audiences with context, criticism, and greater insights after most screenings. Interactive non-film events like block parties, workshops, and nature walks complement the screenings.

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Films must be related to environmental topics and themes.

Submissions must qualify as one of the following:
* Feature films: Films with a running time of more than 30 minutes, including credits.
* Short films: Films with a running time of less than 30 minutes, including credits.
* Student films: Short or feature length films by students.

Overall Rating
  • Shana Gibson

    Thank you for accommodating us so we could attend the 2024 festival on Zoom! Showing 'Ruth' to the audience was fun and it was a great experience seeing the other films as well as taking questions on the panel. Hopefully, next time I can be there in person!

    April 2024
  • Well run no nonsense approach . Great festival team .

    April 2023
  • Conservation Media was honored to be included in the festival this year. Organizers were great to work with!

    April 2023
  • This is a great festival that really makes environmental issues front and center. They have great events!

    April 2023
  • The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) returned to in-person screening for 2022; beginning with a screening of my film, "WILD in the Garden State." I had the wonderful opportunity to attend and meet the EFFY team and participate in a Q&A moderated by Dr. Gordon Gabelle. The screenings and Q&A were hybrid (in-person and virtual) — not an easy task, but EFFY pulled it off beautifully. Thank you Akshyah, Sam, Senna, Ari and everyone on the EFFY2022 team!

    April 2022