Environmental Film Festival


Years running: 30 (since 1993)

Environmental Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital.


Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF) is the world’s premiere showcase of environmental films. Through our annual festival, year-round programs, and online resources, we seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film.


  • Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy: $10 000 cash prize
  • William W. Warner Beautiful Swimmers Award: prize of $10 000
  • Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film: $5000 cash prize
  • Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award: $5000 cash prize 



  • EFF accepts films in any genre, with themes related to the natural and built environment.
  • EFF is primarily a platform for showcasing the best new environmental films, with a strong preference for films completed after January 2021.
  • DCEFF does not have a formal premiere requirement, but does take the film’s exposure into consideration when making final decisions.
  • DCEFF accepts unfinished films with a completion date of January 2022.
  • Non-English language film submissions must include embedded English subtitles.
  • DCEFF prefers an online screener submitted through FilmFreeway. 

Selection format: online screener.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
Washington, D.C.

Official Website




Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
1224 M Street, NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-342-2564

Email: molly@dceff.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 16, 2021
  • Late Submission
    January 03, 2021
  • Regular Submission
    December 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    February 18, 2022
  • Event Dates
    17 — 27 March 2022
Categories & Fees

Includes films with running times 40 minutes and less.

  • Late Submission — $50
  • Regular Submission — $40

Includes films with running times greater than 40 minutes.

  • Late Submission — $70
  • Regular Submission — $60
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