Flo Stone is the Founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which she started in 1993. Previously, she worked on public programming for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City for 15 years. At the Museum, she directed the museum’s large, annual festival, West Side Day, from 1970-76.
She also initiated the Margaret Mead Film Festival and served as its Co-Chair, from 1977-84.
In 1986, Flo was Film Chair for the Smithsonian’s National Forum on Biodiversity and established the Earthwatch Institute Film Awards for documentaries, presented annually by National Geographic. She also chaired juries for the American Film & Video Festival, from 1986-1992.
In 1990, Flo authored filmography for the US Festival of Indonesia. She was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Margaret Mead Film Festival, from 1992-2011, and served as an evaluator for Art on Film, from 1995-98. In 1995, she authored the filmography for the Ocean Planet exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History.
Flo has been on many film award juries around the country, including festivals in Washington DC; Missoula, Montana; and Telluride, Colorado. She was a final juror at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming (2014), served as a consultant for the first Investigative Film Festival in DC and helped curate films for “Changing Circumstances: The Future of the Planet,” as part of the 2016 Biennial FotoFest in Houston, Texas. Internationally, she has served on juries at the Green Festival in Korea, FICA in Brazil, Cinemambiente in Italy, CineEco in Portugal and the SunChild Environmental Festival in Armenia. She was a guest of Kosovo’s DokuFest in 2014 and on the festival’s jury in 2015. She was on the jury of the 2017 San Francisco Green Film Festival where she was honored with its Inspiring Lives Award. In 2017 and 2018, she was selected as a jury member of the Barbados Independent Film Festival.
In 2008, Flo was a recipient of Washingtonian Magazine‘s first Green Hero Award and was honored to receive the 2015 Rachel Carson Award from the Audubon’s Women in Conservation and she was proud to receive the DC Vermont Law School Alumni Achievement Award in 2017. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the NY Wild Film Festival. She also continues as a committee member of Trees for Georgetown, which she co-founded in 1989. A graduate of Vassar College, Flo has a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University.