Environmental Film Festivals: Beginning Explorations at the Intersections of Film Festivals and Ecocinema Studies

Salma Monani, Gettysburg College


This paper draws ecocritical attention to an understudied site, environmental film festivals. I employ public sphere theory to articulate how environmental film festivals fall within a three end-member terrain: the public sphere festivals, the alternative public sphere festival, and the trade-show festival. In fitting within this terrain, individual film festivals have unique strategies for engaging the public and stimulating environmental involvement. These strategies take a variety of attitudes toward existing socioeconomic systems- some complicit, some oppositional, and deserve continued critical attention.