Fostering global community through Earth-minded film and art with clean energy and zero waste goals. Our goal, first and foremost, is to honor the Earth in each step of the process. The Earth Day Film Festival uses only renewable energy to power screenings, partners with organizations with integrity, and facilitates grassroots screenings around the world. We connect passionate filmmakers with inspired audiences. We are merely amplifiers of your dynamic messages of global community, environmental action, and peace.

The Earth Day Film Festival is held at the Pageant Theater in Chico, California in March 12-15, 2020. Selected films are grouped with thematically complementary films and screened as a curation block.

Films capture images and stories that have the capacity to inspire action. Art is a voice for social change and a potent way to convey ideas and experiences. The films and art we share reflect a diverse earthly experience. We support all filmmakers’ interpretations; give us your earthly vision however you see it.

The hands and hearts behind The Earth Day Film Festival are a group of artists, activists, optimists, and earth-loving souls. We have joined together to nourish this festival as our artistic contribution to the environmental movement. We are partnered with organizations such as Bioneers, The Biomimicry institute, and Arcadia Power. We recognize that the work of creating a healthier planet will require a collaborative effort.

The Earth Day Film Festival honors selected films with awards such as "Best Cinematography", "Best Editing" and "Best Sound". In addition, The Earth Day Film Festival has several unique, original awards:

"The Earth's Choice Award":
The winning film is made with the Earth in mind- from conception to final film. Consideration is given to energy usage, waste, and environmental impact. The final message is typically feminine in tone, not a direct way of speaking but one that is nurturing and loving as is Mother Earth. The recipient of this award is given temporary custody of the "Earth's Choice" custom trophy with their name engraved below previous recipient.

"The Activist Award":
This award honors filmmakers who are using their art to affect change in the world. The winning film illuminates unjust or repressive systems and calls for action. The filmmakers tactics, including their partnerships, methods and post-production journey are taken into consideration for this award.

"The New Paradigm Award":
The recipient of this award answers the question: 'what's next?'. After activism draws attention to areas in need of change, a new paradigm is needed to exemplify a more harmonious and healthier relationship with Earth. The selected film has a tone of nurturance and hope.

Selected Films Participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in The Earth Day Film Festival with regard to third persons connected to the production of selected films/projects. TEDFF will not pay screening fees and it is assumed that any film submitted without specific reference to a requested screening fee in the cover letter is both available to be screened, with no legal restrictions, and without expectation of a fee being paid. Submitting your film to TEDFF denotes agreement to all rules and regulations listed here within. The final print of each invited film must be delivered to TEDFF before February 20th, 2020 or have other arrangements agreed upon by the festival directors. The Festival reserves the right to refuse or cancel the projection of any print deemed of insufficient quality.

-Press & Publicity: if your film is selected to screen at TEDFF, you will be asked to provide: director's bio and filmography/videography, b&w and/or color stills from the film, press materials, and video trailer (if available).
-Judging & Awards: All accepted submissions are eligible for the awards designated for the category in which it is submitted. Jury Awards will be presented to the best film in each category.
-Shipping: The cost of shipping a submission to TEDFF must be paid by the entrant. Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as their residue ruins equipment. To obtain notification of receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Submission DVDs will not be returned unless otherwise requested. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the entrant.
-Reproduction Agreement: Unless otherwise requested, film submissions selected for screening grant TEDFF the rights to use moving image excerpts, production stills, and information from the film for promotional purposes. Entrant also agrees to give TEDFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - for the purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival, including but not limited to online screenings and post festival distribution. Filmmakers may opt out of allowing TEDFF use of their films for post-festival distribution if desired.
Liability: Every precaution will be exercised in handling films. However, should a print be lost or damaged, TEDFF will not be held responsible. Preview DVDs are non returnable. Screening films will be returned only with proper return postage or arrangements made at filmmaker's expense. Do not send original or master prints. TEDFF is held harmless by entrant from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses incurred by any claim against entrant involving copyright, trademark, or credits of any selected film.

Overall Rating
  • From all the festival my animated short-film got selected and awarded, I couldn't be more proud of getting an award from The Earth Day Film Festival.
    Especially since the festival team is making a huge effort in being coherent with their values by trying to reach a ZeroWaste goal.
    A huge thanks to Allen and to all the festival's team.

    January 2021
  • Susan Scott

    Great communication from the festival team. Thrilled we were able to screen our film at the Earth Day Film Festival!

    July 2020
  • Michael Genz

    Truly an honor to have been apart of The Earth Day Film Festival!

    March 2019
  • Piotr Biedroń

    Perfect selection of films. Fast and friendly communication. That's the way every festival should be. 100% perfect!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review and kind words Piotr. The audience and festival thoroughly enjoyed your creative work, PM .25, a great short narrative piece that fit our festival perfectly.

  • Denny Rauen

    Wonderful folks and outstanding film festival!

    May 2018