Get ready for the 2013 Festival

To tide you over until Festival season, check out our trailer produced by Monica Larson of the Shepherd University Mass Communications Department.

Best of Fest Events in Maryland!

American Conservation Film Festival’s Best-of-Fest Events in MARYLAND!

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and McDaniel College to Host

Join the American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Schmidt Meeting Room Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 7:00pm and at McDaniel College’s Hill Hall 108 on Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 7:00pm. All films are open to the public free of charge, including:

Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, (both locations), last year’s runner up for both the ACFF Green Fire Award and Audience Choice Award. This film is the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic tale of the battle over one of America’s largest clean energy project, 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound. Cape Spin! tells the incredible tale of how America’s first proposed offshore wind farm triggered a schism in this idyllic coastal region, pitting neighbor against neighbor and environmentalist against environmentalist. (86 minutes)

Menhaden: The Most Important Fish in the Bay, (SERC only), a runner-up for Best Student Film, explores the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. (27 minutes)

The Last Iceman of Chimborazo, (McDaniel only), by Gabriela Lozada Pozo, last year’s winner of the ACFF Best Student Film Award. This short documentary is a portrait of Baltazar Ushca, a 68-year-old Kichua Indian who lives in a small Ecuadorian village next to the volcano Chimborazo. Deep in the volcano is hidden an ingredient that people attribute healing and sacred powers. Baltazar is the last man on earth who knows how to find it. (12 minutes)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road
Edgewater, Maryland 21037-0028
Phone: 443-482-2200

McDaniel College Hill Hall
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-7000

ACFF Awarded AHA! Grant for 2013 Festival

The Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!) honored the American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) with a grant to cover rental costs at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) during the 2013 Festival. This grant allows ACFF to continue to offer all Saturday films and events at NCTC, including the popular Family Theater films, for free! The dates of the 2013 Festival are October 31st through November 3rd, with free programming at NCTC on Saturday afternoon, November 2nd.

About AHA!
AHA! of Jefferson County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to encourage and support the dynamic role arts and culture play in the county. Founded in 1975 as the Jefferson County Arts Council, AHA! is a membership organization open to any county resident. In 2010, AHA! led the effort that awarded Jefferson County the West Virginia Certified Arts Community designation. Also a United Way partner, AHA! works with volunteers and professionals throughout the community to encourage and support arts and humanities programs. More information on AHA! can be found at

About ACFF

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of the nation’s capital. The ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world.

As part of our mission, the ACFF:

  • Provides a venue for a diverse range of conservation films that rarely receive a wide showing;
  • Celebrates conservation film and video in the fun, eclectic atmosphere of historic Shepherdstown, WV;
  • Showcases independent, historic, publicly funded and Appalachian films;
  • Offers an education component that complements the film selections and supports those interested in conservation filmmaking.

Producer’s Campus

A Workshop Series on the Craft of Documentary Filmmaking
Presented in conjunction with the 13th annual American Conservation Film Festival. Producer’s Campus will be held on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

For the past 12 years, ACFF has been promoting the best of conservation filmmaking from around the world. The Producer’s Campus leverages the convergence of great films, talented filmmakers, and film industry leaders to offer a filmmaking workshop experience found nowhere else.

Now in its fourth year, Producer’s Campus continues its tradition of drawing presenters from across the documentary film industry for workshops on conservation storytelling, camera and shooting gear, fundraising and distribution strategies and much more.


Take Action


Download 2015 Sponsorship Information Here

Sponsors of the Festival allow us to bring the best in conservation filmmaking to a growing and diverse audience coming from the 4-state and DC metro areas. Partner with us for targeted exposure and appreciation for your business or organization. Support the festival. Support your business.


  • Promotes your business or organization, positioning your brand as a good corporate citizen, with intense exposure over web, broadcast, print, and social media.
  • Builds brand awareness and increases profitability through a unique opportunity to engage your audience on a personal level.
  • Accesses a highly desirable visitor demographic from a 100-mile radius.
  • Invites you to attend films, workshops, and special events during the festival and throughout the year.
  • Helps in the mission to engage, inform and inspire a growing audience about conservation issues as well as giving filmmakers a platform  for exposure and education.

Join the list of our current contributors!

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If you have any questions and are interested in sponsoring the 2015 Festival, please contact Jennifer Lee at

The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) welcomes all voices to the conservation dialogue.  We establish partnerships with and seek support and sponsorship from a range of artists, individuals and organizations expressing many diverse perspectives on the complexities of human and environmental conservation.  While we greatly value these relationships, they do not necessarily reflect the views or values of the ACFF board or staff, nor do they influence the selection and programming of ACFF films, performances or other engagements.