A green film festival is happening pretty much every week this month, with the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Atlanta this weekend, the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., from March 16–28, and the Green Lifestyle Film Festival in Los Angeles from March 19–21. Come April, this run of eco-minded film fests will continue with the Going Green Film Festival, happening April 2–4 in Beverly Hills!
The goal of Going Green Film Festival is a bit different. In addition to showcasing new green films, Going Green seeks to recognize eco-friendly television and film productions. To that end, Going Green will award ECOtainment Awards “for demonstrated exemplary efforts in eco-friendly initiatives that respect and protect the environment” — much like the Environmental Media Association’s annual EMA awards, given to TV shows and films for similar reasons.
That means the ECOtainment Award recipients won’t necessarily be green-themed films or shows; the 2010 winners are 24, The Good Wife and Extreme Makeover Home Edition. However, most of the films screened at the three-day festival are green films. Festival attendees can watch now-famous newish eco-documentaries such as Addicted to Plastic, Greening of Southie and King Corn — or pick from intriguing-sounding films like Bangladesh: Water World and Hybrid Man.
In addition, the festival will screen the 1948 classic film, The Bicycle Thief, give out additional awards to films with green themes, and hold both a welcome and closing awards presentation. Tickets to the festival cost $7.50 for individual screenings, $35 for day passes, or $375 for an all access VIP pass that includes the special events. All screenings and events will be held at Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.