Environmental Film Festival at Yale


Years running: 13 (since 2009)

Environmental Film Festival at Yale

International Environmental Film Festival.


The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is the premier student-run festival for environmental films. EFFY showcases the arts through incisive, cutting-edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues. We aim to facilitate meaningful discourse and spark action and innovation throughout the Yale community and beyond.

Founded in 2009 by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EFFY is now touted by the Oscars as one of the "20 Great Resources for Green Filmmakers," and has become the world's premier student-run festival for environmental films.

Beyond the screen, EFFY works to provide additional opportunities for audiences to engage with important environmental issues. To facilitate this, we pair every screening with a Q&A or panel discussion with filmmakers, scholars, and other notable figures. This year's special events and workshops will emphasize storytelling. All screenings and special events are free and open to the public, and draw audiences from across the northeastern United States.


  • Audience Choice 
  • Grand Jury Prize 
  • Honorable Mention 
  • Best Short Film 
  • Best Student Film


  • Films must have been released on or after January 1, 2020
  • Films must be related to environmental topics and themes.
  • Submisions are to be made via Filmfreeway system.

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
New Haven

Official Website




195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Phone: 720-270-1891
Email: effy@yale.edu

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    October 22, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 01, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    January 05, 2021
  • Notifications
    February 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    24 — 27 March 2021
Categories & Fees

Minimum length: 30 minutes (including credits)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25

Short or feature length films by students.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $20

Maximum: 30 minutes (including credits)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25

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