2024 Festival Highlights

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Thursday, March 21

The 32nd Annual Environmental Film Festival kicked off from Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with the US Premiere of Luc Jacquet‘s Antarctica Calling. Surprise special guest Rep. Adam Schiff gave the Festival’s opening remarks, speaking about the importance of storytelling and the medium of film to the environmental movement. The screening was followed by a conversation with Jacquet, moderated by Washington Post Deputy Climate and Environment Editor Juliet Eilperin.

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“This is a Festival that not only showcases the beauty and complexity of our planet, but also ignites the passion within us to protect it. Founded by Flo Stone in 1993, DCEFF has been a beacon for environmental storytelling, uplifting the voices of those fighting to preserve the natural world around us. And for over three decades, this Festival has been the premier showcase for environmentally-themed films.”

–US Representative Adam Schiff (CA, 30th District)

Friday, March 22

On Friday night, we were back at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for the presentation of our 2024 Flo Stone & Roger D. Stone Award for Outstanding Artistry in Filmmaking to The Night Visitors, an ambitious and unique film exploring the hidden lives and history of moths. After the screening, filmmaker Michael Gitlin sat down for a conversation with Collider Senior Lead News Editor Maggie Lovitt.

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Saturday, March 23

Saturday night, we had a packed house at the US Navy Memorial’s Burke Theatre for the presentation of this year’s Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability winner Wings of Dust, as well as finalists Broken Wings and A Symphony of Tiny Lights. The screening was followed by a conversation with the filmmaking teams, as well as A Symphony of Tiny Lights subject John Francis (The Planetwalker).

 

Pictured: (from left to right) Greg McGruder (Moderator), Erika Valenciana & Mitchell Wenkus (Broken Flight), Giorgio Ghiotto & Eliza Mitnick (Wings of Dust).

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Additional March 23 Highlights

  • Youth Screening: we brought Puffin Rock and the New Friends to families at the Anacostia and Woodridge libraries.
  • Annual International Showcase: this year’s program with the Trust for Mutual Understanding featured films curated by the Green Montenegro International Film Festival. GMIFF Art Director Slobodan Marunović, as well as filmmakers Blagota Marunović and Aleksandar Vujovic joined us for a post-screening conversation.
  • More: King Coal at the National Archives and Shorts: Changemakers

 

Sunday, March 24

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • Protectors Shorts
  • One With the Whale at NMAI
  • Canary at NAS with Lonnie Thompson
  • Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story with Charlie Hamilton James

 

 

Monday, March 25

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • Impossible Town at Georgetown (link article)
  • HHMI Tangled Bank

 

 

Tuesday, March 26

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • First We Bombed New Mexico at AU (link article)
  • Kings of the North at Embassy of Canada
  • Climate Film at the Czech Embassy
  • An American Ascent 10th Anniversary
  • Pultizer sold out at the MLK library (link article)

 

 

Wednesday, March 27

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • Encores of our NAFF and AFI films

 

 

Thursday, March 28

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • JICC screening
  • Nat Geo’s Queens at NMWA
  • Ocean Seen from the Heart at Embassy of France

 

 

Friday, March 29

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • All Illusions Must Be Broken
  • Giants Rising at DOI
  • 1000+ people at one time

 

 

Saturday, March 30

We closed out the first weekend of DCEFF 2024 with a special event honoring Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. with our Environmental Champion Award. Rev Yearwood joined us for a conversation about his life and activism, moderated by DCEFF Board Member and National Wildlife Federation Vice President Mustafa Santiago Ali.

The event, which was presented by the Hollomon Price Foundation and co-presented by Hip Hop Caucus and BlackOak Collective, also featured a screening and conversation of the new Hip Hop Caucus short Underwater Projects, which highlights climate injustice in sinking Norfolk, VA.

 

Photo Credit: Aysha Scott Photography

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Additional Highlights

  • Shorts: Birds Bats Bees
  • Film Portraits: Lovejoy + Goodall
  • Film Portraits: Sylvia Earle
  • A Mirror of the Cosmos at NGA
  • Here at NMAA
  • Razing Liberty Square + convo

 

 

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