The public health crisis forced DCEFF to cancel its live Festival of 167 films (142 DC, US, and world premieres). Without access to brick-and-mortar venues, it launched its first-ever Online Festival on March 17th. World-class documentarians tackled a broad spectrum of topics – from climate activism to parkland preservation, ocean health, animal conservation, indigenous rights, plastic pollution, and many other critical environmental topics. Despite the short lead time, 79 films (nearly half the original roster) drew 121,000+ visitors from every continent on earth. The successful Online Festival will now be presented annually alongside the live Annual Festival (tentatively rescheduled for March 2021), accompanied by an expanded roster of virtual programming. This year’s youth program for 1,000 DC students is contingent on public health conditions, but the hope is to bring it back. Promoting environmental stewardship through film: we can't afford to stop.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Academy for Learning Through the Arts Public Charter School; Capio JC Nalle ES; Children Studio School; Community Academy Public Charter School; CW Harris Elementary School; Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Francis Junior High School; Friendship Collegiate Academy; Friendship Public Charter School; Friendship Schools - Blow Pierce Junior Academy; Green Acres School; Howard Road Academy; Howard University Middle School of Math and Science; JC Nalle Elementary School; Jefferson Junior High School; Just Us Kids Daycare; Kamit Institute Public Charter School; Kingsbury Day School; Kramer Middle School; McKinley Technology High School; Milestones Enrichment Center; Neville Thomas Elementary School; Next Step Public Charter School; Options Public Charter School; Paul Public Charter School; Peabody Elementary School; Phoenix at Emory Grove; Roots Public Charter School; SAIL Public Charter School; School Without Walls; Sharpe Health School; Sousa Middle School; Thurgood Marshall Academy; Tree of Life Public Charter School; Walker-Jones Educational Center; Washington Middle School; Watkins Elementary School; William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts; WVSA ARTs Connection; Young America Works Public Charter School

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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