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»

Submissions for our 2021 Festival (March 24 – 28) closed on September 1, 2020. We will send out acceptance notifications by December 5, 2020.

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RESOURCES

  • THE CUTAWAY’S RESOURCES FOR BLACK FILMMAKERS
    A compilation of funding sources, professional organizations, and more to help African-American filmmakers succeed.
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  • AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY
    COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund
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  • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION
    Webinars on applying for Federal Coronavirus Relief as a Filmmaker
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  • DIRECTORY OF WOMEN & NON-BINARY DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS OF COLOR
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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. In the event that ACFF’s Board of Directors decides conditions are unsafe to hold a live festival, we will reach out to the filmmaker of each officially selected film with a proposal to screen their film online.

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