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April 5–7, 2019 • Submissions Open September 4

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“The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival was like a breath of fresh air for this community. In an ever-changing world… the effort of sustaining the environment also means sustaining ourselves.” Professional recording artist Lauren Hart & Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe Torrefaction and Host of Travel Channels Dangerous Grounds


“Our film, Living in the Future’s Past, produced and presented by Jeff Bridges, was featured in the world-class Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival.  This was one of our favorite festivals.  The professionalism and care the co-directors, Alexandra Drobac Diagne and Debra Wolf Goldstein, had for the filmmakers was top notch.

Jeff and I felt the festival’s philosophy was right in sync with expanding ecological thought through the power of film.  It was a treat to see Living in the Future’s Past at the lovely Prince theatre in the heart of Philadelphia.  I hope we make another film worthy of being included.” Director Susan Kucera, Living in the Future’s Past


“The venue!  The Prince Theater is a gorgeous old theater.  The neighborhood –The organizers suggested that I stay at the Palomar Hotel, which was walking distance from the theater and close to many excellent food and drink options.  The people – the staff was extremely friendly, competent, organized, accommodating, etc.  My weekend was well planned and not stressful at all.  I also really enjoyed speaking with the moderator for my Q&A.  I was surprised how many audience members wanted to talk after the screening.  We had to vacate the theater to make room for the next screening.

I’ve attended a dozen festivals with my documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste both here in the US and abroad, and I really found the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival to be a well-run event and I had a great time!” Director Anna Chai, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste


“I don’t give away five stars on anything lightly, but I had a very positive experience at this festival.  As an attending filmmaker, I found attention to detail evident everywhere, from the clean and stylish logo, website, and press materials to share on social media, to the easy, friendly, and responsive communication from staff and organizers, to the fantastic venue in downtown Philly and the extremely well-curated selection of films.  I’d expect nothing less from a festival founded and run by two accomplished women dedicated to having an impact on environmental issues through the medium of film.  They drew a great crowd and an impressive group of sponsors and influencers for a festival only in its second year.” Director Sarah Hutt, The Shaman and the Scientist


“I’ve seen many films lately that are breaking the mold of what is typically considered an ‘environmental film.’ Like these films, what I have been trying to do—and what I feel that the Environmental Film Festival is focused on doing—is presenting work that finds different avenues to engage the viewer. I think art can be the strongest way to promote awareness and advocacy. The environment as a topic for film is only going to get progressively more important. These films and these discussions around them couldn’t be more vital.” David Scott Kessler, visual artist and Director, Nine Fires


“We had an amazing time at this festival.  It is very well managed and they are excellent communicators, making sure filmmakers have a positive experience.  I can imagine this festival will soon become one of the most successful festivals in the world.  I highly recommend it.” Director Dylan D’Haeze, Plastic is Forever