American Conservation Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival A 2-weekend film festival every fall in venues in and around Shepherdstown, WV www.conservationfilm.org
The American Conservation Film Festival presents 30-50 feature, short, international and student films with conservation themes at its annual film festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. A conservation filmmaker workshop runs concurrently with the Festival. Special ACFF film events occur in the region throughout the year.

ACFF has its home in Shepherdstown, WV, a thriving arts community 90 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. As part of our mission, the ACFF: • Provides a venue for a diverse range of conservation films that rarely receive a wide showing; • Showcases independent, student, historic, publicly funded and Appalachian films; • Offers an education component that complements the film selections and supports those interested in conservation filmmaking.

Mission: The American Conservation Film Festival is dedicated to promoting outstanding films and the arts to educate and inspire people to become engaged in conservation. The motivating force behind ACFF is the power of imagery to inform and inspire.

07/16/2019

Thank you for all of the wonderful mascot name suggestions! We have narrowed the list down to three names, and we will start the voting tomorrow! Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts for the link to vote (we will post it frequently until July 31).

~Aldo (for conservationist, ecologist, philosopher, Aldo Leopold)

~Athena (for Greek goddess of wisdom; owls are one of her major symbols)

~Rosalie (for conservationist, suffragist, amateur birdwatcher, Rosalie Edge)

If you offered one of these names, you are now in the running to win a Festival Pass! Voting starts tomorrow, and if your name is voted the winner, we will notify you on August 1. If the winning name was submitted by multiple people, we will choose the winner from that group at random.

LAST CHANCE to name our new great-horned owl mascot! WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in the comments, a...
07/13/2019

LAST CHANCE to name our new great-horned owl mascot! WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in the comments, and we will pick the top three names on July 15. Enlist your creative friends to help! (You can offer names until July 14 at 11:59 pm.) When we have our top three names, we will ask for your vote to determine the winner (through July 31 at 11:59 pm). We will announce the owl's new name and our winners August 1.

WIN A PRIZE! Prize 1: A Festival Pass to whoever offers the winning name. Prize 2: An Encore Weekend pass to a participant (selected at random) who votes on the final name.*

The owl was beautifully illustrated by Maria Nicklin of Furyworks Productions in Bluemont, VA.

*If more than one person suggests the winning name, we will select between the winners at random. Winners will be notified through DM for prize 1 and email for prize 2. (Emails will be collected in the voting app.)

“The staff does a great job of providing a positive atmosphere for filmmakers of all experience levels to discuss impo...
07/12/2019

“The staff does a great job of providing a positive atmosphere for filmmakers of all experience levels to discuss important topics and network. I highly recommend that any aspiring filmmaker with interest in telling stories about the environment submit their work to this festival and participate in the workshop.”
—2018 Student Film Award Winner and Workshop Participant

Join us for the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop October 4 & 5, 2019. More information at conservationfilmfest.org/workshop

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07/11/2019
The Last Dragons - Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders

From the Archive: #TBT from our 2015 Festival. Cool, clear footage of the ancient salamander — learn how you can protect its habitat as you wade into WV rivers and streams this summer. The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachian Hellbenders: https://vimeo.com/108512185

An intimate glimpse at North America's Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality.... and in many waters, myths are…

Our new great-horned owl mascot needs a name, and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in...
07/10/2019

Our new great-horned owl mascot needs a name, and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in the comments, and we will pick the top three names on July 15. (You can offer names until July 14 at 11:59 pm.) When we have our top three names, we will ask for your vote to determine the winner (through July 31 at 11:59 pm). We will announce the owl's new name and our winners August 1.

WIN A PRIZE! Prize 1: A Festival Pass to whoever offers the winning name. Prize 2: An Encore Weekend pass to a participant (selected at random) who votes on the final name.*

The owl was beautifully illustrated by Maria Nicklin of Furyworks Productions in Bluemont, VA.

*If more than one person suggests the winning name, we will select between the winners at random. Winners will be notified through DM for prize 1 and email for prize 2. (Emails will be collected in the voting app.)

American Conservation Film Festival
07/08/2019

American Conservation Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival's cover photo
07/08/2019

American Conservation Film Festival's cover photo

Meet our new mascot! Our new ACFF great-horned owl needs a name and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your su...
07/06/2019

Meet our new mascot! Our new ACFF great-horned owl needs a name and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in the comments, and we will pick the top three names on July 15. Enlist help — get your friends with good owl-naming abilities to weigh in. (You can offer names until July 14 at 11:59 pm.) When we have our top three names, we will ask for your vote to determine the winner (through July 31 at 11:59 pm). We will announce the owl's new name and our winners August 1.

WIN A PRIZE! Prize 1: A Festival Pass to whomever offers the winning name. Prize 2: An Encore Weekend pass to a participant (selected at random) who votes on the final name.*

The OWL was beautifully illustrated by Maria Nicklin of Furyworks Productions in Bluemont, VA.

*If more than one person suggests the winning name, we will select between the winners at random. Winners will be notified through DM for prize 1 and email for prize 2. (Emails will be collected in the voting app.)

Meet our new mascot! Our new ACFF great-horned owl needs a name and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your su...
07/02/2019

Meet our new mascot! Our new ACFF great-horned owl needs a name and we want your help. WIN A PRIZE! Please offer your suggestions below in the comments, and we will pick the top three names on July 15. Help spread the word - ask friends that have good owl-naming abilities to weigh in, too! (You can offer names until July 14 at 11:59 pm.) When we have our top three names, we will ask for your vote to determine the winner (through July 31 at 11:59 pm). We will announce the owl's new name and our winners August 1.

Prize 1: A Festival Pass to whomever offers the winning name.
Prize 2: An Encore Weekend pass to a participant (selected at random) who votes on the final name.*

The owl was beautifully illustrated by Maria Nicklin of Furyworks Productions in Bluemont, VA.

*If more than one person suggests the winning name, we will select between the winners at random. Winners will be notified through DM for prize 1 and email for prize 2. (Emails will be collected in the voting app.)

Art lovers!  Check out our friends at the Over The Mountain Studio Tour and their summer show in Shepherdstown next week...
07/01/2019

Art lovers! Check out our friends at the Over The Mountain Studio Tour and their summer show in Shepherdstown next weekend, July 12-14! Amazing art of all kinds in one stop at the Shepherdstown Community Club.

06/28/2019

In a new partnership with the Contemporary American Theater Festival, we curate the Friday Film experience exploring the interconnection of nature, culture, science, and the human experience.

* July 12: The Devil We Know
* July 19: Disobedience
* July 26: EO Wilson: Of Ants and Men

Fridays at 2pm
Shipley Recital Hall 260 University Drive
No Reservation Required
Donations to ACFF encouraged

Thank you Long Branch Historic House & Farm in Boyce, Virginia, for hosting a special screening of Unbranded on Friday n...
06/24/2019

Thank you Long Branch Historic House & Farm in Boyce, Virginia, for hosting a special screening of Unbranded on Friday night! And thank you Ben Masters for sharing this exciting and gorgeous film with us! Every seat was taken and everyone enjoyed the film!

"And then, through the drifting marine snow, the entire creature emerged from the center of the dark screen: a long, und...
06/22/2019
Giant Squid, Phantom of the Deep, Reappears on Video

"And then, through the drifting marine snow, the entire creature emerged from the center of the dark screen: a long, undulating animal that suddenly opened into a mass of twisting arms and tentacles." http://ow.ly/XV9k50uKrUj

Seven years after scientists caught the elusive deep-sea cephalopod on video, they saw another. Then lightning struck a third time.

From the archive: Tomorrow is #SummerSolstice ! Enjoy this moving animated short, Awaskinawason (Children of Earth), fro...
06/20/2019

From the archive: Tomorrow is #SummerSolstice ! Enjoy this moving animated short, Awaskinawason (Children of Earth), from the 2017 Festival by First Nation filmmaker, Antony Dubé, that calls on us to respect the great circle of life: conservationfilmfest.org/awaskinawason-children-of-earth #TBT

Now in its 8th year - come and be a part of the continuing story. Pitch project ideas to our film industry panel and win...
06/19/2019

Now in its 8th year - come and be a part of the continuing story. Pitch project ideas to our film industry panel and win seed money! Fondle the latest technical gear! Network with other filmmakers! Have a blast at this unique gathering!

Join us for the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop October 4 & 5, 2019. More information at conservationfilmfest.org/workshop

ENGAGE with experts. HONE your craft. GROW your network.

From the Archive: The Rise of Vertical Farming was a Green Spark Award-winner at the 2018 Festival!The food system is cu...
06/13/2019
The Rise of Vertical Farming Trailer

From the Archive: The Rise of Vertical Farming was a Green Spark Award-winner at the 2018 Festival!

The food system is currently organized very inefficiently. Our food travels thousands of miles, uses an excessive amount of water, is wasted on a tremendous scale, and contaminates the environment. And yet, the 7 billion residents of the planet – mostly living in large cities – must be fed. In an attempt to achieve this in a sustainable manner, food production must be integrated into the urban infrastructure. This film offers innovative solutions from around the globe! #TBT

https://vimeo.com/278369968

This is "The Rise of Vertical Farming Trailer" by American Conservation Film Fest on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

"...scientists have described a new kind of tree frog whose males sport a single, fleshy spike on their nose."
06/13/2019
New Pinocchio frog species has a strange, pointy nose

"...scientists have described a new kind of tree frog whose males sport a single, fleshy spike on their nose."

“You could say it found us, rather than we found it,” scientist says of the curious-looking Indonesian tree frog.

Earth Art Camp - how cool!  Your kiddos like art and nature?  Our awesome partners at Potomac Valley Audubon Society are...
06/12/2019

Earth Art Camp - how cool! Your kiddos like art and nature? Our awesome partners at Potomac Valley Audubon Society are hosting this camp next week! https://www.potomacaudubon.org/education/youth/discovercamp

There are still spots open for "Earth Art Camp" next week at Yankauer Nature Preserve for grades K-6. We’ll collect our own natural clay to create sculptures, make leaf hammered bandanas, and create nature weavings! To register, head to www.potomacaudubon.org/education/youth/discovercamp/

"Mapping reefs typically involves swimming with sonars or dragging them behind a boat, which makes for very slow progres...
06/12/2019
To Map a Coral Reef, Peel Back the Seawater

"Mapping reefs typically involves swimming with sonars or dragging them behind a boat, which makes for very slow progress. The Global Airborne Observatory can map 250,000 acres a day, at resolution of 4 centimeters." http://ow.ly/UVwg50uCkbk

This scientist couple created an airborne observatory to map tropical forests. Now they’re using it to identify threatened reefs.

Next Gen Capture Conservation Contest: Calling kids and teens! Are you looking for a fun summer activity? Get creative a...
06/11/2019

Next Gen Capture Conservation Contest: Calling kids and teens! Are you looking for a fun summer activity? Get creative and show us what the environment and nature mean to you! Make a short documentary, animations, fiction, or music video and win prizes! Details here: conservationfilmfest.org/nextgen

Today is E.O. Wilson's 90th Birthday! The film E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men screened at our 2016 Festival and won the Gr...
06/10/2019
E.O. Wilson – Of Ants and Men | PBS Programs

Today is E.O. Wilson's 90th Birthday! The film E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men screened at our 2016 Festival and won the Green Fire Award. AND, you can see it again or for the first time at the Contemporary American Theater Festival's Friday Film series that ACFF is leading this summer - this wonderful film will be on July 26th at 2pm at the Frank Center's Shipley Hall.
https://conservationfilmfest.org/events/category/2019-events/

An exploration of the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.

Happy 90th Birthday E.O. Wilson! Wilson’s organization Half-Earth Project is asking for you to join the celebration an...
06/10/2019
Half-Earth Project

Happy 90th Birthday E.O. Wilson! Wilson’s organization Half-Earth Project is asking for you to join the celebration and "give the gift of species data". Get outside and make an observation using your phone and submit to their Half-Earth Project: half-earthproject.org/citizen-science

Thanks for the tip from our Board Member, Dennis Liu, who notes: You can use any app or platform that you like but we’ve created an iNaturalist project that you can find here: inaturalist.org/projects/half-earth-project (remember to click the project button for each observation you make).

Nature supports our lives and rejuvenates our spirits. Species and their interactions are the foundation of the natural world. In celebration of Edward O. Wilson's 90th birthday on June 10, we invite you to make a species observations and submit them to the Half-Earth Project in Ed's honor. Every ob...

06/08/2019
Ocean Frontiers Trailer

Today is World Oceans Day. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day "provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean.” Learn more at www.worldoceansday.org

In honor of this day, we share a film from the 2012 Festival titled Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of New Era in Ocean Stewardship: ocean-frontiers.org/the-films . Their site offers a number of films, curriculum resources, and action items. Watch and take action to protect our oceans!

https://youtu.be/USoBUX0lnEU

"Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship" is a feature-length documentary produced by Green Fire Productions. To learn more about the fil...

"Four times as many plastic particles turned up in the deep waters of a “clean” patch of ocean than on the surface i...
06/07/2019
The Deep Ocean Harbors a Mountain of Microplastic Pollution

"Four times as many plastic particles turned up in the deep waters of a “clean” patch of ocean than on the surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch." http://ow.ly/tDKL50uyoaU

Saturday is World Oceans Day! Let's work together to protect our shared ocean: http://ow.ly/eTni50uyoaT

Four times as many plastic particles turned up in the deep waters of a “clean” patch of ocean than on the surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

"Using data compiled from scientific reports, Marsh calculated and scaled the volumetric ice models for specific mountai...
06/06/2019
Surreal Blue Spheres of Ice Juxtaposed with Everyday Life Document the Unrelenting Pace of Melting Glaciers

"Using data compiled from scientific reports, Marsh calculated and scaled the volumetric ice models for specific mountains that are losing their critically important glaciers."
http://ow.ly/9qZX50uynhM #environmentalart

Amidst everyday scenes of contemporary India, unusual blue spheres appear atop buildings, nestled next to marigold vendors, and resting on temple steps. Though the composite images, created by photographer Dillon Marsh (previously), are constructed, the chunks of lost glacier ice are a reality. Usin

Today is World Environment Day! This year’s theme is #BeatAirPollutionCheck out our 2018 Festival film Happening: A Cl...
06/05/2019

Today is World Environment Day! This year’s theme is #BeatAirPollution

Check out our 2018 Festival film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US: http://ow.ly/idtK50uxn8N

“The staff does a great job of providing a positive atmosphere for filmmakers of all experience levels to discuss impo...
06/01/2019

“The staff does a great job of providing a positive atmosphere for filmmakers of all experience levels to discuss important topics and network. I highly recommend that any aspiring filmmaker with interest in telling stories about the environment submit their work to this festival and participate in the workshop.”
—2018 Student Film Award Winner and Workshop Participant

Join us for the Conservation Filmmaker Workshop October 4 & 5, 2019: conservationfilmfest.org/workshop

ENGAGE with experts. HONE your craft. GROW your network.

Watch this interesting video to see what researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, UK discovered about birds in v-f...
05/30/2019
Why Do Birds Fly in a V-Formation?

Watch this interesting video to see what researchers from the Royal Veterinary College, UK discovered about birds in v-formations when they attached a special flock of bald ibis with custom-made small, light-weight monitors: http://ow.ly/yE0D50utdMT

Many species of migratory birds, like the Canada goose in North America, fly in a v-formation. Scientists have long suspected that

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The 2018 Festival - our 16th! - will run October 12-14 and 19-21, with films and events happening throughout Shepherdstown and on the campus of Shepherd University and at the National Conservation Training Center

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