The Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969 sparked Earth Day. Community Environmental Council's Santa Barbara Earth Day will hold the 51st annual festival virtually this year, from April 22 to 24 at

CEC's Santa Barbara Earth Day Green Film Festival carries on in the footsteps of our earlier Green Shorts Film Festival, that last screened films in 2014. As we can't screen live in theaters this year, we'll be streaming films for the festival on the platform, from 4/22 to 5/21.

Filmmakers can choose if they would like their films to be made available for free, or they may submit a Vimeo paywall link, to receive pay-per-view streaming sales. This is a special perk to encourage filmmakers to profit from our collaboration.

Films featured fulfill our mission to advance environmental and social justice, environmental regeneration, climate healing and community resilience.

We will honor each of the films selected to appear with festival laurels, a collective media release and social media promotion.

All films selected to appear will be presented to an international audience, with greater participation from the local communities on California's Central Coast.

If filmmakers choose, they may submit a Vimeo or Youtube link for the film with a paywall for pay-per-view streaming, with sales going directly to filmmakers. The SB EarthDay Green Film Festival wants to support artists to grow this way, in lieu of offering cash prizes.

Films can screen either: only during the live online event with Santa Barbara Earth Day Celebration (4/22-24, 9 am to 5:30 pm), or they can be available to view (if filmmakers choose) for the entire month of Earth Day, so from 4/22 to 5/21. The films will be available to stream on the platform accessed at