How to Navigate the Festival

A Guide to the Environmental Film Festival In the Nation’s Capital

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is a major collaborative event that takes place at
more than 50 partnering venues, including museums, embassies, universities, libraries, and theaters across the Washington, D.C. metro area. Screenings are scheduled in all four quadrants of the city and in nearby Maryland.


The DCEFF website has a new look and feel. Here, you can explore our full 2016 Festival schedule and search for films by title, topic and type, as well as sort by date or venue. You can also create and manage your very own Festival itinerary to print or share your personalized Festival schedule with family and friends.

Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter to receive updates on film programs and events, and be the first to find out news about all the Festival filmmakers, environmental experts, scientists, and decision leaders who will be joining us this year. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the very latest about the Festival. Use the hashtag #DCEFF to share your Festival experience.

This Festival Program serves as a guide to the 24th annual Festival and contains film descriptions, screening dates, times, and locations as well as details on lectures, panel discussions, receptions, and other events that are part of the Festival. However, it is important for Festival-goers to check our website,, for additions and updates to the information in this program. The Festival Program will be available at Festival venues and at libraries and other information outlets across the D.C. area.

Since the Festival takes place at a wide variety of partnering venues, please check each event listing for the ticketing/ reservation information specific to that venue, found beside the description in this Festival Program. Many Festival screenings and events are free; most require reservations while some do not. For paid events, ticket prices range from $3 to $30. No tickets will be mailed and reservation lists are held at the door. All ticket sales are final.

When it’s showtime, seating for all events is on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to guarantee seating, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your film(s), even if you have purchased tickets or made reservations in advance. Unfilled seats will be released to our standby patrons. Please have all members of your party with you when you take your seat. At some venues, theaters will be cleared between screenings to allow attendees for the next program to be seated. Even if you have a ticket to the next screening, you will need to exit, line up, and re-enter theater.

Be a part of the largest and longest-running showcase for environmental film in the US. Friends of the Festival provide vital annual support that not only enables DCEFF to bring exceptional films, filmmakers, and programs to our annual two-week Festival, but also helps us to offer top-notch screenings and programs year-round—with at least 80% of our offerings free of charge. Friends of the Festival receive special benefits, such as invitations to receptions, and reserved seating at selected screenings. Please contact Heidi Hermisson ( or 202-342-2564) with any membership or benefit questions.

Make a donation to support the Festival. We are a non-profit 501(c )(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. We need your support to continue to present the Festival each year.