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National Geographic to serve as Presenting Sponsor and the Festival’s Main Stage

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), the largest environmental festival in the world and the longest running in the U.S., returns on March 14thand runs until March 24th. This year’s festival will present over 100 films at 25 different locations around Washington, DC, including museums, universities, embassies, libraries and theaters.

National Geographic has a long history of supporting DCEFF and is thrilled to announce that this year they will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival as well as the Festival’s Main Stage. National Geographic will host several major speakers and films, including Academy Award winner for Best Documentary,Free Soloand a virtual reality documentary about Bears Ears National Monument in National Geographic’s newly opened VR theater.

“We’ve always valued our more than 25 year relationship with the Environmental Film Festival. National Geographic firmly believes that storytelling can impact conservation. We also believe in this beloved annual festival and its focus on using the powerful medium of film to inspire change. It is an honor to be the Presenting Sponsor and the main stage this year.”
Kathryn Keane, vice president of public programming and director of the National Geographic Museum

The mission of DCEFF has always been to celebrate the Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. This year’s festival addresses the current threats facing our environment such as increasing severe weather, rising sea levels and disappearing biodiversity, while highlighting new challenges from industry, deregulations and development. In order to prevent the outcomes of global warming it is now more urgent than ever for us take steps towards achieving a planet in balance.

“This year’s festival could not be happening at a more pivotal moment. The films highlighted this year will not only illuminate the crisis at hand, but speak to what we can do as a civilization to save our planet. The sheer beauty of Earth, depicted in many of this year’s films, is in itself enough to make people want to take action immediately.” said Christopher Head, executive director of The Environmental Film Festival

Some other highlights of the festival’s National Geographic screenings include Opening Night (Thursday, March 14 at 7pm), with the DC premiere ofThe River and the Wall. The documentary by Ben Masters follows five friends on an adventure through the gorgeous, unknown wilds of the Texas border region, while the threat of a wall that would devastate the natural landscape looms in the background. Also celebrating its DC premiere isSharkwater Extinction, a thrilling, inspiring and harrowing journey that follows late filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it.Anthropocene: The Human Epochuses high-end production and state-of-the-art camera techniques to capture the evidence of human planetary domination while,When Lambs Become Lionstakes a visually arresting look at the motives of the people at the epicenter of the conservation divide.

Many filmmakers will be on-hand throughout the festival including Ben Masters (The River and the Wall), Alex Jablonski (Wildland), Andrew Nisker (Ground War) and Jilann Spitzmiller (Meow Wolf: Origin Story). Several special guests will also be present, including the family and friends of the late Rob Stewart, who passed away in a diving accident while filming Sharkwater Extinction. That film was completed by Stewart’s parents Brian and Sandy Stewart and close friend Brock Cahill, using Stewart’s footage and notes. All three will be in attendance.

The festival, which won the 2017 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Industries will feature several blocks of films at various locations around DC. In addition to National Geographic, major locations include, E Street Cinema, AFI Silver, the National Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Institution for Science, American University, Eaton DC and multiple embassies around the city. Tickets and more information can be found at:

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is an impact-driven global nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1888, National Geographic has been pushing the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas to increase understanding of our world and generate solutions for a healthy, more sustainable future for generations to come. Our ultimate vision: a planet in balance. To learn more about the Society and its programs, visit

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993, our mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. Each March in Washington, D.C., we host the largest environmental film festival in the world, presenting 100+ films to audiences of more than 20,000 and collaborating with over 110 partners, including museums, embassies, universities, and theaters. The festival is one of the leading annual cultural events in Washington, D.C., winning the 2017 DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Industries.

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