A Decade of Impact: Lineup Revealed for 10th Environmental Film Festival at Yale

The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), which has grown into one of the nation’s premier student-led environmental film festivals, has announced the lineup for its 10th annual festival, which will be held in New Haven from April 4 to 7.
The four-day event, which will be held across the Yale campus, will open with “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the follow-up to Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which helped bring climate change to mainstream audiences.
Other feature films include “Chasing Coral,” an acclaimed documentary on the plight of the world’s coral species; “Beyond Standing Rock,” which examines the historic context behind the Dakota Access Pipeline protests; and “Containment,” a film that explores the challenges of storing nuclear waste. The festival will close with a screening of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” which explores the problem of food waste and how it can be reversed.

The lineup also includes 10 short films, which will be shown before the features, and a student film showcase highlighting a range of short- and feature-length film projects. View the full EFFY lineup

All events are free and open to the public.

While there is ample scientific evidence and data reflecting the profound environmental challenges facing the planet, film can help people feel the impacts of climate change, pollution, rampant development, says Emma Crow-Willard ’18 M.E.M., director of the 2018 EFFY.

“Film is such a powerful medium for translating information,” she said. “Whether we’re aware or not, media shapes the way we think and behave. It’s time for media creators to take an active role in changing our society with purpose.

The event will kick off with a formal opening night gala, at 5:30 p.m. April 4 in Kroon Hall, which will commemorate the 10th EFFY festival. The gala will feature Eric Desatnik ’10 M.E.M., the EFFY founder and former head of public relations for XPRIZE; Flo Stone, founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital; and Jon Shenk, director of “An Inconvenient Sequel.” Tickets are available here.
Desatnik, who is also a film producer, says the vision of EFFY is even more relevant than when he founded it a decade ago.
“At a more macro level, what these films do is showcase how regular people can meaningfully influence the public discourse and shape our future for the better,” he said. “Today, change-making is no longer only within the purview of government agencies, corporations, or wealthy philanthropists, but you and I now have the tools and the platform to change our world in ways that were unimaginable even ten years ago.”

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 4

Opening Night Gala, 5:30 p.m.
Knobloch Environment Center, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (with  “I You We 2” and “Gathering the Pieces”), 8 p.m.
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street

Thursday, April 5
Containment” (with “Nightmare on Wax – Back to Nature,” “Timbo,” and “Lullaby for a Mother”), 7:30 p.m.
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street

Friday, April 6
Student Films showcase, 1 p.m.
MacMillan Center, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Beyond Standing Rock” (with “Irreparable Harm,” “Valve Turners,” and “Peace and Prayer from Standing Rock”), 7:30 p.m.
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
Saturday, April 7
Chasing Coral” (with “Person of the Forest”), 3 p.m. [NOTE: This was previously scheduled for 1 p.m.]
Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue

Advance screening of the National Geographic Channel’s “One Strange Rock,” episode three, 5:30 p.m.
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
Wasted: The Story of Food Waste” (with “Return from Desolation”), 7:30 p.m.
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
PUBLISHED: March 15, 2018
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.