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Call for Short Film Entries - 2015 ERIC MOE SUSTAINABILITY FILM AWARD

Date: July 2, 2014


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital announces a call for entries for short films exploring sustainability, emphasizing creative approaches to balancing the needs of humans and nature.  The entries will be considered for the second Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award.

The Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award was founded in 2013 by Julia and Richard Moe in memory of their son, Eric, to honor his strong interest in film and commitment to sustainability.  The award and competition recognizes short films chosen for their inventive approaches to sustainability in all its forms.

The finalists and a single prize winner will be chosen by a jury. The filmmaker of the prize-winning film will receive a cash award of $5,000 and will be invited to present the film during the Festival.   The finalists and prize-winner will be announced on December 1, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency states that “sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.   Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”

We welcome submissions of short films 30 minutes or less in any genre that explore the topic of sustainability, and we encourage foreign and student entries.  The winner and selected finalists will be screened as a program on March 19 during the 2015 Environmental Film Festival in conjunction with National Geographic Live, the National Geographic Society program featuring lectures, films and performances at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium.  

For more information on film submission guidelines, please contact

On June 8 EFF and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Present SHARK GIRL

Date: May 29, 2014

Celebrate World Ocean Day, June 8, with EFF and the National Museum of Natural History at the world premiere of Shark Girl with shark conservationist Madison Stewart.










Join us for a FREE world premiere screening of the exciting Smithsonian Channel documentary Shark Girl (USA, 2014, 46 min.) on June 8 at 4 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium.

Watch the trailer

Madison Stewart is an inspiring young woman with a passion to protect the creatures most people fear: sharks. She’s been diving with sharks since the age of 12.  Now 20, Madison has made it her life’s mission to safeguard the creatures and the reefs she loves. Shark Girl dives into Madison’s underwater world, following her journey from Australia to Mexico, Palau and the Bahamas, where Madison’s extraordinary relationship with these endangered wild animals unfolds. Her journey is a powerful wake-up call about the vital role of sharks in the health of our oceans and a moving record of one determined young woman's devotion to protecting the sharks and underwater ecosystem of our world. Directed by Gisela Kaufmann. Produced by Kaufmann Productions in association with Smithsonian Channel.

Suggested ages 12 and up.

Discussion with the film’s subject, “shark girl” Madison Stewart, and director Gisela Kaufmann follows the screening.

Further information at and

Watch AMAZING GRACE, Winner, 2014 Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award

Date: May 1, 2014

Watch the winner of the 2014 Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award, AMAZING GRACE, free online!

The 2014 Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award was presented March 20th at National Geographic. The Award was presented by Alex and Andrew Moe to filmmaker Rowan Rybus who flew in from South Africa for the event.

AMAZING GRACE (Zambia / South Africa, 2012, 5 min.) Offering a brief window into one man’s journey and his deep-seated love for the forests that are rapidly decreasing around Livingstone, Zambia. By Makhalu Productions, Rowan Pybus.

What We Can Do

Date: March 18, 2014

What We Can Do

For more information:

Many of the films' web sites lead to resources in addition to those listed below.

Urban Environment -

DC Office of Planning and Dept. of the Environment –
GreenBiz Group, Inc. –
Groundswell –
Smart Growth Network –
American Bird Conservancy –

Energy -

Env. Protection Agency –
U.S. Department of Energy –
The Energy Justice Network -

Water -

Water, Use It Wisely –
DC Water and Sewer Authority –;
   also – rivers
Anacostia Riverkeeper –
Potomac Riverkeeper –
Anacostia Watershed Society -
Chesapeake Bay Foundation –
One World One Ocean –
American Rivers -
Save Our Wild Salmon -

Home Safety/Food

Slow Food USA -
National Young Farmers Coalition -
Food Day -
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services –
Environmental Working Group –
U.S. Center for Disease Control –

Climate Change/Conservation -

Env. Protection Agency –
Cornell University –
Union of Concerned Scientists –  
Wilson Center –
International Union for Conservation of Nature –
Follow the Frog (short film from the Rainforest Alliance)

2014 Full Festival Schedule Announced

Date: February 27, 2014

The Environmental Film Festival full schedule has been announced. The 22nd annual Festival starts March 18, presenting 200 films, including 115 Washington, D.C., U.S. and world premieres, at 65 partnering venues across our nation's capital. 






Click here to view full film schedule online or here to download a PDF of full printed program (8.8 MB). Check the Web site for updates and changes to the information in the program and for late film additions.


© 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital


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Travel to the Environmental Film Festival in an environmentally friendly way!

Plan your trips to Festival screenings by train, bus, bike or foot by visiting GoDCGo and using their interactive map

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