Years running: 9 (since 2011)

San Francisco Green Film Festival

International Environmental Film Festival.


We are seeking compelling and relevant new documentaries on the most pressing environmental issues. As well as the opportunity to screen new works in the San Francisco Bay Area, being a part of the festival will help you connect with local partners and we hope to support the ongoing success of your film.

Now heading into its fifth year, the festival is a hub for the eco-savvy and green-curious to meet filmmakers, environmental experts and campaigners to watch, discuss, and create ideas for a better world.


  • Best Feature,
  • Best Short,
  • Green Tenacity Award,
  • Inspiring Lives Award,
  • Audience Award.


All submissions must be completed after January 1, 2016.
To qualify, productions MUST feature an aspect of sustainability or of the relationship between people and the planet.

In particular, we are seeking stories around these areas of interest:

  • Changing Cities
  • Climate Change 
  • Energy
  • Environmental Health 
  • Future of Food
  • Water
  • Wildlife 
  • Zero Waste

However, any environmental topic will be considered.

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Screening Media Type: DCP, BluRay, DVD, or QuickTime file (ProRes, H264)

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
San Francisco

Official website



SF Green Film Festival
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
145 9th Street, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: +1 415 767 1977


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 01, 2018
  • Deadline
    April 30, 2018
  • Notifications
    August 01, 2018
  • Event dates
    1 — 13 September 2018
Categories & Fees

To qualify, the film's director must be age 18 or under when you completed the film

  • Deadline — free

[up to 3 mins] our films can inspire more people to make our city greener! Create a short film of 3 minutes or less to show us how you are taking climate action and win cash prizes, Autodesk filmmaking software, plus a special screening of your film at the 2016 Festival. From recycling to taking transit to growing a garden, show us how you're making it count.

  • Deadline — free

We consider a short film as under 45 minutes in length. This includes documentary, narrative drama, and animation. SFGFF shorts may screen with features or in a shorts program.

  • Deadline — $45

Festival consider a feature film to be 45 minutes or over in length. This includes documentary, narrative drama, and animation.

  • Deadline — $55
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