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San Francisco Green Film Festival 2017

Enjoy Thought-Provoking Films About People & the Planet

This year's San Francisco Green Film Festival is from April 20 - 26, 2017. It includes more than 60 independent films from more than 20 different countries, including the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Korea, Equador, and Japan.

Though the opening and closing night programs will be at the Castro Theater, most screenings will take place at the Roxie Theater and the Little Roxie in the Mission District. You will also find some at 518 Valencia as well as a few other locations around the city.

The festival includes both full length features and shorts.

Green Film Festival Schedule

Opening Night

This year's Opening Night Reception is on Thursday, April 20 starting at 6pm. This event is at the Castro Theater.

The reception is a great way to meet filmmakers and other film lovers while enjoying local, sustainable food and beverages.

This reception is followed by the Opening Night Premier of How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change). This film discusses climate change and its impact all around the world. The film visits important locations such as the banks of the Amazon, China, the islands of Samoa and Vanuatu to see what climate change cannot destroy.

2017 Festival Schedule

Note: The following schedule is from last year's (2016) Green Film Festival. The event is still making their selection for 2017, so stay tuned!

April 14 | April 15 | April 16 | April 17 | April 18 | April 19 | April 20

Thursday, April 14
7:30 PM How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change) Castro Theatre

Friday, April 15
6:30 PM Open Show: Project Earth 518 Valencia
6:30 PM Jumbo Wild Roxie Theater
9:00 PM Surf Shorts Roxie Theater

Saturday, April 16
12:30 PM Wild VR: A new reality for environmental storytelling 518 Valencia
1:00 PM A River Between Us Roxie Theate
1:30 PM In Pursuit of Silence Little Roxie
2:30 PM 5 Blocks 518 Valencia
3:30 PM An Acquired Taste Roxie Theate
3:45 PM Saving Mes Aynak Little Roxie
4:00 PM Topophilia 518 Valencia
4:00 PM Nature's Orchestra Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
5:45 PM Freightened Roxie Theater
6:00 PM Containment Little Roxie
8:00 PM Sunú Little Roxie
8:30 PM Catching the Sun Roxie Theater

Sunday, April 17
1:00 PM Spotlight California 518 Valencia
1:00 PM Keep it Wild Shorts Roxie Theater
1:30 PM The True Cost Little Roxie
3:00 PM Of The Sea Roxie Theater
3:30 PM Parrots, Pelicans, and People: Oh My! 518 Valencia
3:45 PM H2Omx Little Roxie
5:30 PM Dear President Obama Roxie Theater
6:00 PM I Am Chut Wutty Little Roxie
8:00 PM The Babushkas of Chernobyl Little Roxie
8:30 PM An American Ascent Roxie Theater

Monday, April 18
5:30 PM Dear President Obama UC Berkeley
6:30 PM The Burden Roxie Theater
8:30 PM Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) Roxie Theater

Tuesday , April 19
12:00 PM Sonic Sea Koret Auditorium, SF Public
Library - Main Branch
6:30 PM The Anthropologist Roxie Theater
7:00 PM Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel)  Goldman Theater, David Brower Center
9:00 PM Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) Roxie Theater

Wednesday, April 20
6:30 PM Born Free Castro Theatre
9:15 PM Not Without Us Castro Theatre

Closing Night

In addition to the feature film, there is also a closing night party on Wednesday, April 26. It starts at 11pm in the Castro Mezzanine.

It includes the San Francisco Green Film Festival Awards Ceremony as well as the chance to talk with the filmmakers.

Buying Tickets

Ticket prices for the San Francisco Green Film Festival are as follows:

  • General Admission: $15
  • Six-Pack of Tickets: $80
  • Full Festival Pass: $225.00
  • Opening Night Film & Party: $55

You can buy tickets either online on the San Francisco Green Film Festival website at, by calling them at (415) 552-5580, or in person at the Roxie Theater.

Places to Stay Nearby

The best place to stay in SF for this festival is in the Union Square District. This is where you will find options from clean budget hotels to five-star luxury hotels.

I recommend Union Square as it's only about a 15 to 20 minute bus ride away from the Mission. It's also centrally located, which makes it easier to get around the rest of SF quickly.

Click here for my recommendations in Union Square.

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How to Get to the Roxie

From San Francisco

BART: Take BART (SF's underground metro train) to the 16th Street station in the Mission. From here, walk two blocks west to the Roxie Theater at 3117 16th Street (at Valencia).

Bus: Your bus options for the Mission include the 13, 22, 33, and 49.

From the East Bay

Take BART to the 16th Street Station in the Mission. After you exit, head west on 16th Street for the Roxie Theater.

From the North Bay

From the North Bay, take the 70, 80 or 101 bus to the Hyde and Grove Street stop. From here, walk to the Civic Center BART Station. Take BART to the 16th and Mission Street stop. The Roxie Theater is two blocks west on 16th Street.

From the South Bay

Take BART to the 16th Street station in San Francisco. Once you exit, head west just two blocks to find the Roxie Theater.

Tips for those Driving

If you decide you want to drive, then you have a few options for parking in this district. You can also look for parking in the street, but this is always challenging in the Mission.

Your best bet to find parking is in the Hoff Street Garage on 16th between Mission and Valencia. Click here for additional parking garages in the Mission.

Other Things to See & Do in the Mission

Mission Murals: One of my favorite parts of this district is its colorful murals. This neighborhood has hundreds of murals all throughout its streets. Click here to learn more about them, including maps to find them.

Mission San Francisco de Asis: The oldest building in San Francisco is Mission San Francisco de Asis, built in the late 1700s. This historic mission is open to visitors every day. Learn more about what you will see and how to find this beauty.

Other Mission Activities & Restaurant Recommendations: Are you looking for the best place to stay or grab a bite to eat? If so, then look no further. On this page, you will find details on this district's best activities, restaurants, and hotels. Click here to learn more.

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