***UPDATE APRIL 2020***

SF Green Film Festival regrets that the 10th Anniversary Festival in September 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to prioritizing the health of our communities in this difficult time. All 2020 submission fees have now been refunded.

As many of us are binge watching on our small screens right now, it’s clear that storytellers are our lifeline to other worlds and times, and to the future that awaits at the end of this. In the face of seemingly insurmountable problems, we will always focus on the solutions.

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay green. 


Join the West Coast's leading event for films & discussions that spark green ideas and actions.

The San Francisco Green Film Festival is about more than movies - it's a movement. Our audiences, communities, filmmakers and experts come together to discover, discuss, and develop actions that inspire change for a better, more sustainable world.

The 10th Anniversary Green Film Fest in 2020 will feature a vibrant line up of 60 new, innovative environmental films, connecting passionate audiences and established community organizations with international filmmakers and expert guests in the arts and environment.

We are seeking compelling, critical new films on the environment & sustainability. The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions on length or genre, and all entries are eligible for the Festival's Awards.

Acceptance into the Festival 2020 Official Selection means that in addition to the opportunity to screen your film in front of our San Francisco audiences, we will also connect you with local partners to support the ongoing success & impact of your film. Read the reviews below on what our past filmmaker guests are saying.

SFGFF is a member of the international Green Film Network (greenfilmnet.org), an association of the world's 40 major environmental film festivals, giving further opportunities for outreach and connection with a global audience. We are also official partners of the United Nations Environment Programme, Connect4Climate, and a member of the Film Festival Alliance.


- Juried award for Best San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Feature with $2,500 cash prize.
- The award recognizes the best of Independent documentary filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area by honoring innovative storytelling and new perspectives on environmental topics.
- All Feature submissions (50+ min) from filmmakers who are currently resident in the San Francisco Bay Area or films that are about the SF Bay Area are eligible.
- Finalists will be announced in August and shown in competition at Green Film Fest 2020.

- Juried awards for filmmakers age 18 and under.
- For short films that bring us positive solutions to meet the challenges of climate change.
- $250 cash prize and the Young Filmmaker Award will be given to the best film.
- For full details, visit greenfilmfest.org/contest

In addition, Green Film Fest 2020 will present awards for:

- Best Feature
- Best Short
- Green Tenacity Award
- Inspiring Lives Award
- Audience Award

All submitted films are eligible, as determined by the Festival. Read more about the awards and past winners here: greenfilmfest.org/filmmakers#AWARDS


To qualify, productions MUST have an environmental topic or angle.

We are seeking stories that explore the relationship between people and the planet.

In particular, we are interested in stories that represent diverse communities and environmental justice, especially films with powerful Women and vital Indigenous Cultures around the globe who are leading the way on climate. We are also interested in stories that present new economic models.

Other topics include:
- Clean Energy
- Sustainable Cities
- Wildlife
- Healthy Food Systems
- Youth Activism
- Green Economy

However, any environmental topic or angle will be considered.

- All films must be completed after January 1, 2018.
- All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.
- There are no restrictions on length or genre: documentaries, narratives, animations, features, shorts, student works, installations, VR, and other media will all be considered for inclusion. Feature films are considered 50 minutes or over.
- There is no 'Premiere' requirement for inclusion in the Festival.
- Work-in-progress films that are not final cuts may be entered, but please clearly note what is missing or will change.
- If your film was submitted for previous editions of the Green Film Fest, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if the eligibility requirements are met.
- More than one entry may be submitted; however an official entry form and entry fee must accompany each submission.
- Youth Filmmakers (age 18 and under) always submit for free!

All entrants will receive notification by July 3.

If selected, you will be required to supply your film on one of the following formats for screening at the Green Film Festival: DCP, QuickTime file (ProRes, H264), Blu-Ray, or DVD.

All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.

You will be required to pay for shipping of your film materials to San Francisco for screening in the Festival. SFGFF will pay for the return or forward shipping only.


1. SFGFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project submitted.

2. All submitted materials become the property of SFGFF for internal and archival purposes.

3. If accepted, the producer agrees to provide the festival with one of these presentation formats: DCP, QuickTime file (ProRes, H264), BluRay, or DVD. The producer or distributor agrees to pay for shipping of film materials to San Francisco for screening in the Festival. SFGFF will pay for the return or forward shipping only.

4. By submitting a film entry, the producer agrees that all rights and clearances have been obtained, that any copyrighted sound, music, image or content included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and that SFGFF is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

5. By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge SFGFF has the right to copy any submitted material and use images and trailers for SFGFF’s non-commercial use. Promotional use may include a clip of any accepted film being included in a radio or TV program, or in a festival trailer for Green Film Fest.

6. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in the possession of the Festival. However, SFGFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

7. Awards & Prizes will be given to the winning film director(s) and will be fulfilled approximately 4-6 weeks after the Festival closing night. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes on cash prizes. Awards & Prizes may be modified and eligibility is at the sole discretion of SFGFF.

8. By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these General Rules and Terms & Conditions of the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • This is a great festival: very filmmaker friendly, attended by smart audiences, and organized by a pretty amazing staff. They screened a short doc of mine in 2017 and, in 2019, screened both a short and my first feature doc. I can't say enough about the experience. This is what all festivals should aspire to.

    October 2019
  • Sorry I couldn't attend - nevertheless, having a small film in this event prompted great communication and promotion from the organizers and programmers. This makes indie filmmakers/animators like me feel relevant, when many other bigger fests largely ignore shorts and non-attending artists. Thanks folks! Honored to have BEEBOX screen this year.

    December 2018
  • Eliana Alvarez Martinez

    This is a great Film Festival. I'm so so sad I was not able to attend but the experience communicating with them was amazing. I didn't know if I could attend or not until last minute and they kept in touch with me until last day to see if it was possible. The people at the festival kept me adapted as how the screening went etc. Really felt like my film was important there and they were taking good care of it.

    I would definitely recommend this festival and I hope I can attend one day! :)

    September 2018
  • Gloria Bradbury

    Thank you for screening FRACTURED and all you do to open the conversation about the state of our planet and environment.

    January 2018
  • Kristin Tieche

    One of my favorite festivals! I always look forward to the fulfilling experience of attending and meeting other filmmakers. Also the festival director consistently adds value for filmmakers who attend year after year.

    August 2017