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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 25th Anniversary Festival is an opportunity to look back at a world in transition, while also looking toward future possibilities.

Here’s the best way to navigate #DCEFF25:



Check out our Festival Guide and learn about the 150+ outstanding environmental films that we’re showing this year. Hold on to the handy pocket guide inside, with a day-by-day breakdown of all our programs and a list of all our venue partners.

The Festival Guide will be available Mar 9 via the Washington Post Express. Be sure to grab a copy or pick one up at participating libraries and partner venues. You are also welcome to stop by the Festival office: 1224 M St, NW, Washington, DC 2005.



Here on our Festival website you can purchase tickets and register for our screenings and events, many of which are free.

The full 2017 schedule will go live on Feb. 22. Be sure to check back for daily updates. You can also create and manage your very own Festival itinerary to print or share your personalized Festival schedule with family and friends.



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Find @dcenvirofilm on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up and stay connected with all the action around #DCEFF25.




Search and explore to view official trailers for our 2017 selections, as well as programs from past Festivals, now available for streaming via our online film portal.



Attend 1, 2 — or 10 — screenings and events taking place from March 14-26. (Afterward, keep a look out for our year-round programs  – #DCEFF365.)

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.

All seats must be reserved in advance, unless otherwise noted. You may do so online at or at the venue box office (where available).

You MUST arrive 10 minutes before posted show time to guarantee your seat When you arrive, Patrons with tickets/reservations will be asked to join the RESERVED line which is prioritized. Badge holders and Friends of the Festival are added to the front of the line, then general ticket/reservation-holders.  All empty seats are released 10 minutes before the posted show time.

Patrons without reservations will be asked to join the STANDBY line. This line is prioritized as above. Once the Reserved line has entered the theater, remaining seats will be awarded to Patrons in the Standby line.

In order to fill our theaters and venues, DCEFF sometimes overbooks. Reserved seating is not guaranteed for late arrivals.  Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before posted show time.

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.


There are perks that come with supporting the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the United States. We are a non-profit 501(c )(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. For as little as $10 a month or a one-time $100 donation, you can be an official Friend of the Festival and help ensure that our 25th Anniversary will be the best one, yet.

Friends of the Festival receive special benefits, such as invitations to receptions and reserved seating at selected screenings. Become a Friend of the Festival.

Contact Heidi Hermisson ( or 202-342-2564) with any membership or benefit questions.



Join us in The Green Room to discuss local events, global issues and the latest in environmental film. Add your voice to our conversations online. Live tweet before & after each Festival screening or event. Share impressions and ideas inspired by Festival films.  Capture snapshots & memorable quotes.