ACFF Film Submissions

Our next Festival will open on March 24, 2021 and run through March 28. We are pleased to be moving to a recurring spring schedule so note that we will NOT have a Festival in 2020. Instead, we will be showcasing films around the region on a monthly basis. Check the event schedule here for more info»

Submission Schedule:

  • May 15, 2020 – Film Submission Opening Date
  • July 1, 2020 – Early Bird Deadline
  • August, 1, 2020 – Regular Deadline
  • September 1, 2020 – Late Deadline
  • December 5 , 2020 – Notification Date
  • March 24 – 28, 2021 – The Festival!
Sarah Koenigsberg

Sarah Koenigsberg, Filmmaker: The Beaver Believers

Bertie Gregory

Bertie Gregory, Filmmaker: Wild Life: Resurrection Island

ACFF invites film submissions from all over the world and in all genres, provided they have a conservation theme. Of special interest are the myriad ways humans interact with wildlife and wild places, issues driven by natural resource conservation, humans as part of the environment, living in a continuum of cultural tradition, lifestyles in conjunction with changes in the natural world and how youths encounter and understand the natural world.

The next Festival will take place March 24 – 28, 2021 in multiple venues, providing screenings for a wide range of conservation films, some of which rarely receive a wide showing. ACFF attracts emerging and seasoned filmmakers alike by offering hands-on workshops and expert seminars on the craft of conservation filmmaking that run concurrently with the festival.

Our selection teams consider documentaries and narrative films of most any run time, provided they address one of broad themes listed below.

  • Climate Change
  • Consumption & Waste
  • Cultural Connections & Indigenous Traditions
  • Energy
  • Nature-Oriented Family Fare
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Health & Well-being
  • Conservation History & Heroes
  • Marine Life
  • Rivers & Streams
  • Wildlife & Wild Places