About the Festival

“It’s the Cannes or Toronto for the green crowd.” — Roll Call

Voted D.C.’s Top Film Festival in 2019, 2020, and 2021 by the readers of the Washington City Paper


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films since 1993.

Each March in Washington, D.C., we host the largest environmental film festival in the world, presenting 100+ films to audiences of more than 20,000. Collaborating with over 110 partners, including museums, embassies, universities, and theaters, the Festival is one of the leading annual cultural events in Washington, D.C., winning the 2017 DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Industries.



To advance understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.



A global culture of respect and care for the environment inspired and sustained by the moving image.


DCEFF operates with the highest ethical and operational standards, seeking excellence in all we do. Internally, as well as in all dealings with our partners, friends, supporters and audiences, we operate according to our core values:


Stewardship: Sustainable use of resources and respect for the environment in all aspects of our operations


Excellence in Programming: We are committed to showing the best possible films drawn from diverse genres and subject matter. We value artistry, scientific integrity, and a broad and inclusive definition of the environment.


Education: A commitment to life-long learning through visual storytelling.


Community: We are committed to providing programming that respects and reflects the breadth and diversity of our audiences.


Collaboration: DCEFF is a collaborative Festival. We partner with institutions, organizations, venues, individuals, and the environmental film community across Washington DC and around the world to pool our knowledge, skills, and resources.


Leadership: We strive to be a gracious, thoughtful and strategic leader. We put our expertise in the field of environmental film and our many years of institutional knowledge to work, not only for our audiences, but for the wider environmental film community, with a vision that inspires and motivates others.


Respectful Organizational Culture: A culture of respect, openness and collegiality, within our organization and in our dealings with others.


DCEFF is a proud member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s 2021-22 class of nonprofits.


DCEFF is proud to be a part of the 1% for the Planet network, which connects businesses and nonprofits, creating high-impact partnerships to protect the planet.


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.