Friends of the Festival

Become a Friend of the Festival

Be a part of the largest and longest-running showcase for environmental film in the U.S. Friends of the Festival provide vital annual support that enables DCEFF not only to bring exceptional films, filmmakers, and programs to our annual Festival in March but also to offer screenings and programs all year round—with many of our offerings free of charge.

Friends of the Festival provide critical support and receive benefits like invitations to select screenings, receptions, and other special events—all while enjoying a community of fellow film lovers, filmmakers, and environmental advocates. We are pleased to acknowledge the generosity of Friends of the Festival at the Supporting Friend or higher level in printed materials and on our website.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Festival, and prefer to make your contribution in installments, please contact Development Manager Alice Sadler or call (202) 342-2564.


Please email Alice Sadler or call (202) 342-2564 with any membership or benefit questions.



2020-2021 Friends of the Festival Levels & Benefits

2020-2021 Friends of the Festival Membership Benefits are valid now through the 2021 Film Festival (March 18-28, 2021).



  • Invitations to small gatherings and events with filmmakers and guest speakers (RSVP required)*
  • Opportunity to bring additional guests to screenings (up to 4 guests)*
  • Tickets to annual Benefit Reception for you and a guest (RSVP required)*
  • Plus all benefits listed below


  • Assistance in making reservations for all screenings
  • Invitation to the VIP reception for you and a guest (RSVP required)*
  • Invitation to one additional private reception for you and a guest (RSVP required)*
  • Opportunity to participate in select conversations and interviews with filmmakers and special guests
  • Plus benefits listed below


  • Access to the Festival preview event (RSVP required)*
  • Access to two additional private receptions for you and a guest (RSVP required)*
  • Recognition at select online events
  • Plus benefits listed below


  • Tickets to opening- and closing-night screenings and pre- and post-screening receptions for you and a guest (RSVP required)*
  • Free access to select screenings at signature venues (National Geographic, Carnegie Institution for Science, and E Street Cinema) for you and a guest*
  • Early access to select online screenings and virtual filmmaker interviews
  • Recognition in online and printed** Festival Program Guide
  • Limited-edition pack of 10 custom-crafted notecards featuring an image of the watercolor painting African Elephant by longtime DCEFF supporter and friend Rafael Soares (while supplies last)
  • Plus all benefits listed below


  • Free access for you at select regular ticket-priced screenings during the March Festival (for one)*
  • Free access to year-round virtual screenings (approximately 10 per year)
  • Recognition in online Festival Program Guide


  • Discounts on select tickets for March Festival and virtual screenings


* Designated event(s) will be virtual or live, depending on public health guidelines.
** Join by January 1, 2021, to guarantee inclusion in the printed Festival Program Guide.


Gifts are tax-deductible except for the value of goods and services: Contributing Friend $40, Supporting Friend $90, Sustaining and Sponsoring Friend $140, Leading Friend $200. Please contact Development Manager Alice Sadler ( with any membership or benefit questions.