ENGAGE with experts. HONE your craft. GROW your network.


Inviting aspiring and experienced filmmakers to learn and create.

  • TUITION: $75/student | $200/others
  • SCHOLARSHIPS! To cover tuition and lodging. Click here to apply»
  • PITCH PANEL: Share your film project ideas. Gain feedback and possibly cash!
Conservation Filmmaker Workshop
Conservation Filmmaker Workshop
Conservation Filmmaker Workshop

NOW IN ITS 8TH YEAR — COME AND BE PART OF THE CONTINUING STORY. Pitch project ideas to our film industry panel and win seed money! Fondle the latest technical gear! Network with other filmmakers! Have a blast at this unique gathering!

THE CONSERVATION FILMMAKER WORKSHOP (CFW) runs concurrently with the 17th annual American Conservation Film Festival, featuring conservation-focused films, filmmaker interactions, subject matter experts, and much more. It takes place in vibrant Shepherdstown, WV, a sweet little town along the Potomac River just 70 miles west of Washington, DC.

Accomplished workshop instructors from National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Tangled Bank Studios, along with award-winning independent filmmakers.

Workshop sessions have included: The Power of Film for Social Change, Gear Show and Tell, Distribution 2.0, Navigating the Industry, Impact Video & Storytelling, Creative Funding Strategies.

The ACFF Filmmaker Workshop is held at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center, just 60 miles from Washington, DC in Shepherdstown, WV. The 533-acre campus includes instructional facilities, lodging, dining, and a social lounge, as well as outdoor patios and trails for observing local wildlife.

The two-day intensive workshop is . . .

  • an opportunity to hone the craft of documentary filmmaking
  • designed for all experience levels
  • an intimate, collaborative environment
  • a testing ground for ideas
  • Friday, October 4 & Saturday, October 5
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“The staff does a great job of providing a positive atmosphere for filmmakers of all experience levels to discuss important topics and network. I highly recommend that any aspiring filmmaker with interest in telling stories about the environment submit their work to this festival and participate in the workshop.”


“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.”


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