COVID Policy

Help us have a safe 2023 Festival

We are delighted to be returning to theaters for the first time in three years to celebrate the 31st Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. As we gather to share stories of the built and natural world and the ongoing, urgent challenges to its health, we also look to protect the well-being of our community by practicing the following precautions:

The wearing of masks is required at all DCEFF programs, regardless of vaccination status or programming venue. Please note that at their discretion, venue partners may take your temperature upon arrival.*

We encourage you to evaluate your own risk when considering whether to attend in-person programming. For those in our community who would prefer to participate in virtual Festival programming, online programs will be available from March 17-26, 2023. Our Watch Now platform is also available 365 days a year to discover work from past Festivals, with many films available to stream at no cost.

Please continue to assess your health throughout the duration of the Festival. If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you stay home. We are happy to refund tickets for those guests whose health prevents them from attending an in-person screening.

Your cooperation in making our return to in-person events as safe and accessible as possible is appreciated by our staff, volunteers, and venue partners. Our venue partners may maintain their own health and safety protocols, please check their websites before traveling to your screening.

*Masks will be made available for screenings at the Naval Heritage Center at no cost.