Joining us for the Festival? Here’s what you need to know!

This year marks our 13th Season!  From Thursday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 25 and November 1, we’ll be bringing you 48 films in 5 venues.  We are welcoming 33 filmmakers and conservation experts to town for post screening discussions.  Be sure to check out our FULL SCHEDULE as you make your plans.

We highly encourage you to purchase festival tickets online HERE to guarantee your seat.
Tickets are available for purchase NOW at The Local Source: 133 W. German Street.
You may also purchase tickets during the Festival at each festival venue.
For purchases made at the Reynolds Hall and Byrd Center for Legislative Studies box offices, we prefer cash or check transactions though credit cards will also be accepted.

Those who have signed up as a REEL FRIEND of ACFF should bring their Reel Friend passes for entrance into all films and events.  We will also have a list at the door of each venue.

We have 3 types of tickets:
Full Festival Pass $40 ($36 student/senior/military)
Day Pass $20 ($18 student/senior/military)
Block Ticket $12 ($10 student/senior military)
All films on Shepherd Campus are FREE to SU students with Rambler ID.
All films at NCTC are PAY AS YOU WANT – government issued ID required for all guests 16+.  We still encourage you to reserve a seat online.

Doors open at each venue a half hour before each film block.  We encourage you to arrive 15-30 minutes before start time to be sure you have a seat.

We’re inviting audience members and filmmakers to join us at the following gatherings:
Thursday, October 22nd – Preview Night at NCTC.  Two great films will screen, beginning at 7pm and concluding around 9.  Both filmmakers will be in attendance.  See more info here.
Friday, October 23 – GET SHAKEN & STIRRED WITH ACFF at Tito’s Night at domestic restaurant from 9:30 to midnight.  Special Tito’s cocktails, free nibbles, and a late-night dinner menu available.  And MUSIC from Ginada Pinata! Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Saturday, October 24 – WRAP PARTY at the Blue Moon from 9:30 to midnight with free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Sponsored by Younis Orthodontics and Fallon Insurance.
Sunday, November 1 – Award Winners Encore Event – This year’s four ACFF award-winning films will be presented at the Shepherdstown Opera House beginning at 4:30 pm.  Please reserve a Pay As You Want ticket for this event online in advance, as we do expect a full house.For more info on Shepherdstown and all the great dining, shopping, lodging, and recreational offerings, check out the Shepherdstown Visitor Center’s site HERE.
Please give yourself plenty of time to find parking and get to your venue(s).  Free street parking is available Friday after 6pm and Saturday and Sunday, but do not park in residential parking zones!  Parking is also available in lots A and B on Shepherd University.
Be aware that King Street (in front of Reynolds Hall), between German Street and High Street, will be closed on Saturday from 8am to 8pm for BooFest events, so plan accordingly.
You can check out a Shepherdstown map here and a
Shepherd University Parking Map here.
And finally, check out this beautiful spread about the Festival in a special edition of Fluent magazine.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Over 30 Filmmakers & Guest Speakers to Attend ACFF

One of the things that makes the American Conservation Film Festival unique is its inclusion of filmmakers and conservation experts in the Festival weekend. This year, a record number of 33 of these special guests will be joining the festivities, speaking about their films, and participating in the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop.

andrew-g-pcThe Festival opens with a special preview event on Thursday, October 22nd at the National Conservation Training Center with two films – All Over the Map: I Dream of Seney and The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson – both followed by Q and A sessions with their filmmakers, Peter Schriemer and Mark Dixon, respectively.

The two film blocks opening the Festival on Friday night, October 23, offer intimate glimpses into West Virginia issues and American west issues. The Wild, Wonderful, Endangered West Virginia block at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies features three films on West Virginia coal and water wars and their filmmakers. The Broncos and Bison: Threats to Western Wildlife block at the Opera House features the much-heralded film, Unbranded, about efforts to save wild mustangs and the student-made film Silencing the Thunder about the plight of Montana’s bison. Dennis Aig, producer of Unbranded, and Eddie Roqueta, director of Silencing the Thunder, will introduce their films and take questions from the audience.

Of the 16 blocks of conservation-themed films at the Festival, 13 blocks will include an opportunity to discuss the films with the filmmakers or subject matter experts close to the issues featured in the films. In the Family Block – Charismatic Critters for Curious Kids and Their Parents – the filmmakers of The Flamingo Factory will talk about their project to protect East Africa’s millions of flamingos and Mark Madison, Historian at the Fish & Wildlife Service, will present a “Suitcase for Survival,” a hands-on education tool kit to teach youth about endangered species.

Neil Losin, filmmaker of ACFF’s Broadcast Award winner Islands of Creation, will discuss his fascinating film on the evolution of species as well as give the introductory keynote address at the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop which opens Saturday morning, October 24, at the National Conservation Training Center.

The following filmmakers may be contacted for interviews by email:

Christy and Turk Pipkin –   Film –Flamingo Factory
Eddie Roqueta –   Film – Silencing the Thunder
Dennis Aig –   Film – Unbranded
Nick and Cheryl Dean  Film – Life on Wallace’s Line
Susan Keegan  Film – Dare to Be Wild

For a complete list of films, discussion sessions, and special guests, please visit the ACFF website at


Shepherdstown Film Society Presents ACFF Preview Night

Screens 2014 Audience Choice Winner &
2015 Festival Trailers on October 9, 2015

The Shepherdstown Film Society is giving audiences a sneak peek at some of the movies showing at the upcoming 2015 American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) just before it screens the 2014 Audience Choice Award winner, DamNation, on Friday, October 9 at 7pm at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University.Damnation camera

DamNation is a Patagonia-produced award-winning film that took 2014 film festivals by storm with its stunning imagery, compelling storytelling, and clever filmmaking techniques. It chronicles the history and legacy of dams in America and current efforts to deconstruct obsolete dams to restore life and health to dammed rivers. The audience at the 2014 American Conservation Film Festival convincingly voted it their favorite film of the festival. ACFF President Jeff Feldman will lead a brief discussion with the audience immediately following the film.

Opening the evening will be the trailers of a few films from the upcoming Festival. From the depths of the sea to Mustang round-ups in the American west, the selection demonstrates the diversity of topics on tap for the Festival, running October 22 to 25 and November 1 at five venues in and around Shepherdstown.

The Shepherdstown Film Society and ACFF have partnered annually to bring audiences an award-winning film from previous festivals, and this is the first time a preview of films from an upcoming festival will be shown. All are invited to enjoy a lively evening of cinema free of charge at 7pm, October 9, Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University.

For more about the Shepherdstown Film Society, visit

For more about DamNation, visit