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The Environmental Film Festival Returns to National Geographic With Films That Promote Urgency on Climate Action

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is cancelling all events scheduled for March 12-22, 2020. For more information, contact

NOTE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is cancelling all events scheduled for March 12-22, 2020. For more information, contact

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 12 and runs until March 22. Over the course of the festival, more than 100 films will be screened at 25 different locations around Washington, D.C., including museums, universities, embassies, libraries and theaters.

This year, National Geographic is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with DCEFF, hosting influential films and thought-provoking panel discussions around impending environmental issues. Screenings at National Geographic include the world premiere of “Jane Goodall: The Hope,” which picks up where 2017's “Jane” left off and explores Dr. Goodall’s living legacy; “Okavango: River of Dreams,” the new film by internationally renowned nature photographers and National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Dereck and Beverly Joubert, which had its world premiere at Sundance; “Last Wild Places,” an inspirational compilation of hopeful conservation stories from Malawi, Montana, Argentina and Mozambique; and “Rebuilding Paradise,” Ron Howard's new documentary exploring the aftermath of the wildfires that ravaged Northern California in late 2018.

Attendees can also experience National Geographic content in a variety of ways, including a virtual reality exploration to see the wild chimpanzees that inhabit the lush, dense forests of Tanzania’s Gombe National Park and a "Protecting Canada's Waters" happy hour event where guests can enjoy a drink while exploring Canada’s diverse and astonishing rivers, lakes and coastlines. This year’s programming emphasizes the power of storytelling to illuminate the wonder of our world and how each individual can and should be a steward of the environment. It is now more urgent than ever to take action to protect our planet in order to celebrate the Earth and its resilience for years to come.

DCEFF will also welcome over 150 filmmakers and special guests, including some big names in the world of environmental policy, science, conservation, entertainment and public health. Many of these guests will be on hand for enlightening post-screening discussions and audience Q&As, exploring environmental topics in greater depth. Names of those in attendance will be announced later in February. In addition to National Geographic, major locations include, Landmark’s 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 Environmental Film Festival

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 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Creative Industries.

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About The National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 15,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content.

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