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ANNOUNCING THE 2019

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS!

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE COMING SOON – STAY TUNED!

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THE WAIT IS OVER!  We are happy to announce our entire 2019 season lineup and 7 award-winning films!

Most people don’t realize the careful curation that takes place behind the scenes at ACFF. Through winter and spring, our ACFF selection committee watched hundreds of new films from around the world. They intensely debated which titles would be chosen to light up the screen in October. Click through the films to watch trailers, learn about the filmmakers, and let us know what you’re most excited to see.

Creating conservation films often requires education, travel and expensive gear. It’s time consuming and usually doesn’t bring fame or fortune. Our award winning filmmakers are given modest cash prizes to reward exceptional filmmaking and to encourage talented people to remain in a field with a higher purpose.

We believe film to be the most influential medium to spark curiosity and inspire change. Never has the need for action been more urgent. In a time when government is limiting scientific research and public access to research, independent filmmakers go directly to biologists, climatologists, conservationists – environmental scientists of all types, to tell their stories from the field.

Learn how to support the future efforts of these fearless and tireless filmmakers through a donation to ACFF»

The 2019 Award-Winning Films:

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ACFF_AwardWinner_Dead-in-the-water
ACFF_AwardWinner_Grizzly-Country
ACFF_AwardWinner_Messages-from-the-end-of-the-world
ACFF_AwardWinner_The-Beaver-Believers
ACFF_AwardWinner_The-Green-Lie
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Next Gen Capture Conservation Contest

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1
NEXT GEN CAPTURE CONSERVATION CONTEST

Hey young people! Grab your phones, iPads, cameras – whatever you got – and get outside and shoot a short video. Tell us what nature means to you in 4 minutes or less. Submit to the contest to win fame and riches! Learn more»

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2018 Festival Photo Gallery

Visit some special moments from the 2018 Festival in our Photo Gallery!

Take Action!

See how you can make positive change relative to the topics of films screened at the 2018 Festival.

Special Events

From Best of Fests to fun parties to screenings with partner organizations, we offer programs and events throughout the year.

“Diverse and inspiring selection of films with excellent speakers.”

Audience Member

“Because of the workshop, I feel plugged into a community of talented, kind, supportive, inspiring filmmakers and people working in conservation media that before felt so distant and separate from my work.”

Filmmaker and Workshop Participant

“The ACFF purpose is clear, the setting is perfect, the organization is calm and effective.”

Filmmaker

“A fabulous contribution to the Shepherdstown community and to science awareness, more generally. Thanks!”

Audience Member

“The speakers and discussions were thoughtful and continue to inspire us in the ways we can be better citizens of the planet. This inspiration is what keeps me involved and returning to ACFF. Your hard work paid off in spades as this was the best ACFF I have attended.”

Audience Member, Donor, Volunteer

“A great source of inspiration!”

Audience Member

“The Filmmaker Workshop [is] a great gathering of young filmmaking talent in the nature and conservation fields.”

Filmmaker

A fabulous contribution to the Shepherdstown community and to science awareness, more generally. Thanks!

Audience Member

“Your event always has so many special touches…I love the mixture of young and old as we all join together in your tireless efforts.”

Spring Fundraiser Attendee

I loved “SEED:The Untold Story” and was so appreciative to have the opportunity to see it in Berryville! It makes me want to start my own personal seed bank!

Best of Fest Attendee

A fabulous contribution to the Shepherdstown community and to science awareness, more generally. Thanks!

Audience Member

“The whole spirit of the festival is so enticing and exciting – you cannot miss this festival!”

Audience Member & Volunteer

So informative and inspiring—I’m always so impressed.

Audience Member

“We are thrilled that this amazing organization brings these films to our area—Thank you!”

Audience Member

I love this film festival.

Audience Member

“Professionalism and presentation match that of any NYC film festival I’ve seen over 10 years.”

Audience Member

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!