The 14th Colorado Environmental Film Festival Is Feb. 20-23

With our area’s historic reputation for environmental responsibility, it’s not surprising that Golden is the birthplace and home of the nation’s leading film festival focused on environmental issues. And it won’t surprise you that Golden Real Estate has been a sponsor of CEFF for most of the festival’s life.

I love how this festival is structured, combining local, national and international films — including by children — in both short and feature-length formats. The festival’s opening reception and award ceremony (with film screening) on Thursday, February 20th, is free to attend, as is the reception and Eco Expo on Saturday, Feb. 22nd, where you can enjoy free food and beverages as you visit 20 or so exhibitors of environmentally friendly products from home hydroponic towers to solar panels, to companies which can make your home more energy efficient. We’re sharing Golden Real Estate’s booth with Good Business Colorado, whose membership includes over 210 like-minded businesses committed to sustainability.

You can peruse the 60 films being screened at www.CEFF.net. The films are bundled into four screening sessions on Friday and Saturday — 10 a.m. (10:30 on Saturday), 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. — plus the 7:30 p.m. free session on Thursday and two afternoon sessions on Sunday that will feature the films which won awards. The website lists and describes the films included in each session. You can purchase tickets on the website. Prices range from $9 for a single session ($4 for children under 12) up to $20 or $25 for a day pass and $65 for an all-access pass.

There are two theaters for each session, and each session includes 2 to 5 films, depending on length. The Friday morning session (CEFF 4 Kids) is limited to students, including those who are home-schooled, by advance reservation.

The films explore the undeniable and inescapable interconnection of Earth’s ecology, societies and economies. Audiences will be entertained and will leave inspired, surprised, motivated and transformed through events that will involve audience members and filmmakers in thought-provoking dialogues and forums about the films.

Still photography is a big part of each year’s festival, too, with environmentally themed photographs adorning the walls of the American Mountaineering Center, where the festival takes place. On Friday at 5 p.m. there is a photography reception, with a keynote address at 6:30 by photographer Cheryl Opperman on “The art of communication through photographs.”

The Eco Expo opens at noon on Friday and Saturday only.  Look for us at our booth!

Environmental Film Festival Is Next Weekend

Every February, Golden Real Estate is proud to co-sponsor this nationally-recognized festival featuring short and feature-length films about the environment and the all-important issue of climate change.

Recently I attended a preview of this festival — a celebration of the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of film to engage people in the protection of their environment —  and  came away looking forward to seeing as many of the films as I can during this year’s festival.

Featuring over 50 films, including several world and Colorado premieres, this important event will be held Feb. 21-23 at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden.

Both local and international, short and feature length films will be shown.  Films that explore the undeniable and inescapable interconnection of our planet’s ecology, societies and economies. Award winning pictures, such as Elephant Path, winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Portland EcoFilm Festival in 2018, will be screened, as will newer films, including ones made by youth filmmakers.

Another film, Hearts of Glass, documents an ambitious experiment to provide year-round produce to a mountain town, while employing community members with disabilities.

Audiences will be entertained and will leave inspired, surprised, motivated and transformed through events that will involve audience members and filmmakers in thought-provoking dialogues and forums about the films.

In addition, there are children’s films, festival celebrations, and an Eco-Expo (where Golden Real Estate will have a booth) highlighting local efforts to address environmental issues. The festival’s web site, www.CEFF.net, provides a schedule, a description of the various films and ticket-purchase info.