Each year EFFY attracts more than 1,700 audience member over nine consecutive days of film screenings. The festival, which has attracted 200 submissions, showcases incisive, cutting edge films that highlight the environmental and social issues of our time. Expert panels of filmmakers, celebrities, scholars, journalists, activists, and public servants provide our audiences with context, criticism, and greater insights after screenings. EFFY, which each year attracts viewers from across the New Haven community, is also partnering with local organizations and businesses.
For the first time ever, EFFY will host a Youth Filmmakers’ Summit to integrate youth perspectives in the environmental film movement. The event, being held on Saturday, April 2, will give high school students the opportunity to discuss their experiences as filmmakers in a panel discussion.
All events will be held at venues across Yale University and are free and open to the public. A short film and panel discussion with filmmakers, cast, community members and scholars will accompany each feature film screening. Awards will be given for the best feature (audience choice and grand jury), honorable mention, short film, and student film.
Other feature films include “Nerve
,” the David vs. Goliath story of how one small Kentucky town led the fight to safely dismantle the world’s chemical weapons; “Unacceptable Risk
,” a short film that follows firefighters on the front lines of climate change; “Planetary
,” a provocative and breathtaking cross-continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species; and “Landfill Harmonic
,” which follows the Recycled Orchestra, a youth group that plays instruments made from garbage and became ambassadors for their flood-stricken community.
View the full lineup and watch trailers
The festival is sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Management, Mory’s, The Study at Yale, Heirloom Restaurant, the Whitney Humanities Center, and F&ES Student Affairs Committee.
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