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Top 11 Reasons to Check Out Colorado Environmental Film

Top 11 Reasons to Check Out Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Local Festival to Feature 60 Films from 22 Countries 
CEFF MEDIA CONTACT:  Nicole Bickford, Festival Director, [email protected], 303-885-4596   
GOLDEN, Colo. (February 6, 2020) The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of film to engage people to protect their environment. It will be held Feb. 20-23, 2020 at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in Golden, Colo., and will feature 60 films including several world, national and Colorado premieres!  
Both local and international, short and feature length films will be shown that explore the interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes of our planet.  Films will range from dozens of award-winning pictures such as The Need to Grow (featured Saturday afternoon), to new films, including several made by youth filmmakers.  
Audiences will be inspired, surprised, motivated, entertained, and transformed through events that involve both filmmakers and audience members in thought-provoking dialogues. Enjoy engaging festival celebrations and an EcoExpo highlighting local projects and efforts addressing today’s environmental issues. 
Here are 11 reasons to attend this year’s Colorado Environmental Film Festival:
• Take in a film you may not get a chance to see anywhere else. Twenty-six, (nearly half) of the films featured over the festival weekend are hosting their Colorado premiere! 
• Gain understanding of a new issue.  On example of this is the film REBBL, which traces the global supply chain of a single ingredient—the mighty brazil nut—to exemplify the potential businesses have for revitalizing communities through ethical, impact sourcing.
• See a film made by a concerned young person.  This year’s festival features films from several local young filmmakers including Gabriel Giaquinto and his film, Tire Swing, which tells the  story of a little boy, frustrated with climate change, as he hilariously attempts to stop it by dismantling his father's car. 
• Make a difference in your environment – locally and globally! Local grassroots efforts are big news in small communities and this year’s films highlight these efforts in a variety of ways. In Guarding the Forest, follow an indigenous volunteer force, as they risk their lives patrolling their protected indigenous lands and destroying illegal logging camps.
• Be inspired to create your own environmental film! There are 17 first time filmmakers this year and many Colorado film crews represented.
• Grab a drink with a visiting filmmaker. Thursday, Feb. 20 celebrates Golden Community Night, including a free Opening Night Reception and free Film Screening/Awards ceremony. RSVP for your free tickets. 
• Take a trip to the far regions of Earth. Cheer on the unique Olympians in Maasai Olympics: The Hunt for Medals, Not Lions, and follow extreme divers on a daring Arctic expedition to see how wildlife is adjusting to changes in their habitat as a result of global warming in Under Thin Ice.     
• Expose your kids to the environment.  CEFF for Kids features 13 short films specially programmed for schools and children (under 18) on Friday morning, including Zero, a film where local students followed their classmate through ups and downs for four days as she was challenged to live a zero-waste lifestyle.   
• Spend time with some amazing creatures on our planet.  Check out the gripping tale of a polar bear mother as her home melts beneath her in Queen Without Land. Follow the quest for the perfect photograph of an American Dipper, diving in the ripples of Colorado’s Poudre River in A Trout with Feathers.
• Attend the Environmental Photography Exhibition.  See unique images from around the world on exhibition at the American Mountaineering Museum all spring and join in for an inspiring photography talk by local award-winning nature photographer Cheryl Opperman. 
• Lights, Camera, Take Action! Explore to the ECO-EXPO. Connect with organizations working to impact local issues and see how you can take action!

A full line up and more information can be found at For tickets, please go to: 
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