Founded by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EFFY has since grown to become an impressive force in the Hollywood community and has been praised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the "20 Great Resources for Green Filmmakers." Every screening at EFFY is paired with a Q&A featuring some of the most respected voices in environmental fields, and all screenings and special events at the festival are open to the public, free of charge.
Past EFFY celebrations and discussions have included presentations by Dan Rather, Van Jones, James Gustave Speth, Colin Beavan, and more. The festival has also played host to Oscar darlings Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, and The Cove. Last year's EFFY welcomed the American premiere of GMO OMG, a film investigating the perils caused by lack of seed diversity in an increasingly corporate climate.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
EFFY showcases the arts through incisive, cutting-edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
EFFY is proud to provide travel and accommodations to selected feature filmmakers. Filmmakers are also treated to post-screening dinner and drinks with EFFY directors, programmers, and panelists. Behind the scenes, EFFY incorporates sustainability across its operations by offsetting all emissions generated by the festival and by using paperless ticketing, electronic advertisements, and organic catering.