The 27th Annual Environmental Film Festival Returns at Pivotal Moment for the Climate: National Geographic to serve as Presenting Sponsor and the Festival’s Main Stage

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), the largest environmental festival in the world and the longest running in the U.S., returns on March 14thand runs until March 24th. This year’s festival will present over 100 films at 25 different locations around Washington, DC, including museums, universities, embassies, libraries and theaters.

National Geographic has a long history of supporting DCEFF and is thrilled to announce that this year they will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival as well as the Festival’s Main Stage. National Geographic will host several major speakers and films, including Academy Award winner for Best Documentary,Free Soloand a virtual reality documentary about Bears Ears National Monument in National Geographic’s newly opened VR theater.

The mission of DCEFF has always been to celebrate the Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. This year’s festival addresses the current threats facing our environment such as increasing severe weather, rising sea levels and disappearing biodiversity, while highlighting new challenges from industry, deregulations and development. In order to prevent the outcomes of global warming it is now more urgent than ever for us take steps towards achieving a planet in balance.

Some other highlights of the festival’s National Geographic screenings include Opening Night (Thursday, March 14 at 7pm), with the DC premiere ofThe River and the Wall. The documentary by Ben Masters follows five friends on an adventure through the gorgeous, unknown wilds of the Texas border region, while the threat of a wall that would devastate the natural landscape looms in the background. Also celebrating its DC premiere isSharkwater Extinction, a thrilling, inspiring and harrowing journey that follows late filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it.Anthropocene: The Human Epochuses high-end production and state-of-the-art camera techniques to capture the evidence of human planetary domination while,When Lambs Become Lionstakes a visually arresting look at the motives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divide.

Many filmmakers will be on-hand throughout the festival including Ben Masters (The River and the Wall), Alex Jablonski (Wildland), Andrew Nisker (Ground War) and Jilann Spitzmiller (Meow Wolf: Origin Story). Several special guests will also be present, including the family and friends of the late Rob Stewart, who passed away in a diving accident while filming Sharkwater Extinction. That film was completed by Stewart’s parents Brian and Sandy Stewart and close friend Brock Cahill, using Stewart’s footage and notes. All three will be in attendance.

The festival, which won the 2017 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Industries will feature several blocks of films at various locations around DC. In addition to National Geographic, major locations include, E Street Cinema, AFI Silver, the National Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Institution for Science, American University, Eaton DC and multiple embassies around the city. Tickets and more information can be found at: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/events/event/dceff/.

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