Inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival to be held Earth Day Weekend
Showcasing a juried slate of thought-provoking, exceptional new environmentally-focused shorts and features, the Festival launches as the first of its kind in the City of Brotherly Love
Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2017 – The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is proud to announce the full film line-up for the inaugural Festival, which launches Earth Day weekend, April 21 – April 23, at the historic Prince Theater in downtown Philadelphia.
Opening on April 21st with Fisher Stevens’ Before the Flood and closing on April 23rd with James Cameron’s Avatar, the Festival will showcase dozens of new shorts and features from international and domestic filmmakers on the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day weekend.
“Philadelphia is brimming with passionate people who care about environmentally focused issues like farm-to-table eating, sustainability and environmental justice.” said Executive Director, Debra Wolf Goldstein. “We wanted to do something big and impactful, and what could be more impactful than utilizing these visually stunning and moving films to engage and inspire appreciation and conversation about our environment?”
Festival founders, Debra Wolf Goldstein and Alexandra Drobac Diagne are thrilled to integrate the Festival into Philadelphia’s vibrant arts, culture, and green scene for years to come.
“The idea of bringing an environmental film festival to Philadelphia struck a chord in me like lightning! It seemed like an obvious need and long overdue for a vibrant major city such as ours,” said Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Artistic Director. “I am honored to be part of such a global passion and aim to program carefully curated, engaging and visually beautiful films from around the world each year. We have a strong lineup for our inaugural fest.”
The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will honor Fisher Stevens, Director of the critically acclaimed climate change documentary Before the Flood, on Opening Night with the Festival’s first Environmental Advocacy Award, presented by founding sponsor The Nature Conservancy.
Two prestigious environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy and the Media, Pa.-based Natural Lands Trust — provided critical funding for this inaugural year of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. The Wyncote Foundation and Drexel University also provided major support, along with an extensive list of other environmentally-minded donors and community partners. All are truly making this new Festival a must-attend cultural event in the City of Brotherly Love.
Weekend passes and single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website www.philaenvirofilmfest.org/festival/buy-tickets/ or in-person at the Prince Theater box office (open Monday – Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm).
The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be a welcome addition to our city’s vibrant arts & culture scene, offering entertaining, informative, and inspiring environmental films for years to come.
For more information, visit www.philaenvirofilmfest.org